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Charles Schmid: American streets no longer feel as safe

To the editor:

In the past you could hold any event and not worry about someone attacking it. You could walk the streets at night, sit on your porch and go shopping.

But that has changed. It seems no place is safe anymore. America has changed. Now, people are afraid to go to the corner stores, shopping in the malls or just walk the streets for exercise. Even with the police around, there is fear out there. Even in Easthampton we have begun to fear walking down the streets.

What has happened to America? Northampton is the same. Walking in Northampton, you try to stay with groups of people, because the fear is there. Our police are there and they keep us safe as they can, but they can’t be everywhere. Maybe Easthampton and Northampton should hold classes and educate us on what to look for — and ways to help prevent crime. Now families are starting to stock up. Instead of eating out, they have their own cookouts.

One gentleman in town saw motorcyclists who seemed to have names across their jackets and watched them with something close to fear. Of course we should not panic, but we are no longer safe.

I long for the day when America is safe again.

Charles Schmid


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