UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN peacekeeping chief says 90 of his colleagues have been killed this year, with 29 of them in "deliberate attacks".
Herve Ladsous notes in particular the deaths of 14 peacekeepers in the bloody Darfur region of Sudan. He calls that "totally unacceptable".
Ladsous gave his end-of-year brie ...more »
I read, with some apprehension, of the recent decision of the commissioner of police to "get tough" on windshield wipers, among others. I say apprehension because, it should not be overlooked that, one thing that can be said of most of those young men is that they opted to take up a "windshield wiper" to earn a living, instead of a gun.
At the same time, it cannot be overlooked that, as is true of every sphere of endeavour in our country, a percentage will surface to give the remainder a bad name.
So, instead of driving them from the streets, I would suggest that efforts be made to "regulate" them, so that they can be identifiable and held accountable for their own actions.
All gas stations could accept, say, six of them, provide them with shirts which could bear the logo "My name is ___________, may I wash your windscreen?" They could even be rotated so that each has a stint at the more popular stations.
As they now become identifiable, as well as an asset (or liability) to the gas company, their behaviour could be monitored.
The next step would be to ensure that that those whose school attendance was short-lived could resume staggered attendance at literacy evening classes sponsored by the gas companies.
The type pf individual we would be otherwise creating, were we to drive these boys off the streets with no alternative source of earning, is too painful, even to contemplate.
Getting tough on windshield wipers
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