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City needs safer downtown

Published 12:13am Friday, January 25, 2013

Your momma was correct: Nothing good happens long after midnight, so you’d be wise to go to bed.

Unfortunately, our mommas don’t make the laws around here. Our mommas also don’t generally have badges and guns to enforce common sense, either.

If they did, it’s possible that some of the senseless violence that rears its head in Natchez would stop or at least be lessened.

In the latest ridiculous violence, a man was stabbed in the wee hours of Sunday morning in downtown Natchez.

The bloody incident occurred right in the heart of downtown, just outside a Main Street bar, not in some back alley of an obscure or sketchy neighborhood.

The city spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to market, spruce up and lure tourists and conventioneers to Natchez.

Why is it, then, that we cannot stop drunks from becoming rowdy and hurting one another right in the heart of the city?

Just a few years ago, a European visitor was killed in the same area when he was either pushed or fell to the ground striking his head.

One would think such a tragedy would shock the city into changing its ways, either closing bars earlier, or providing more law enforcement in the area to arrest the thugs causing the problems.

But nothing has changed so far. How many more knives have to be pulled, and how much more blood has to be spilt onto Main Street before the city wakes up and takes action?

If Natchez doesn’t take a firm line on such violence — and quickly — it may become difficult or impossible to stop in the near future.

  • Anonymous

    Trashy places attract trashy people. That said, yeah, its the once-in-a-blue-moon stabbing at Dimples that is Natchez problem. The near daily armed robberies and shootings are no big deal because they are not as easy for tourists to see. That’s really whos important. Not the people who live in Natchez and have their lives ripped apart, the people who may visit here for a couple of days and spend a couple of hundred dollars. Priorities.

  • Anonymous

    Make knives illegal.

  • Anonymous

    STOP BEING AFRAID YOU LITTLE WIMP. WHAT YOU REALLY NEED IS A GOOD BODY GUARD. ARE YOU AFRAID YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO GET HIT DOWN TOWN ? YOUR LOVE FOR TOURISTS CLOUD YOUR WAY OF THINKING. I BET YOU ARE AFAID TO GO SHOPPING OR EAT OUT. I BET EVERY WHERE YOU GO, YOU ARE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOLDERS. I BET LATE AT NIGHT, THE LEAST LITTLE NOISE YOU HERE IN THE HOUSE YOU CALL 911. YOU ARE A MESS.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I think you can’t possibly post a more ignorant and hateful post than the last one you prove me wrong.

    Democrat, at some point this guy has to go. How many rules of conduct does he need to break daily? He adds nothing to any conversation except racism, hate and a support of violence, especially any that may directed at your publisher. If your point is to let the world see what kind of hateful idiot he is, mission accomplished. Now, can he be treated the same as I or any other poster would be if we behaved in that manner? The kid gloves you treat this guy with and the special exemptions he gets in the way of posting here is a shame. He’s not literate and he can’t form a coherent sentence other than to express the most base hatred. Please, do us all a favor and ban this lower-functioning neanderthal. Seriously, at this point its just embarrassing.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Again, the NPD need to make appearances in these nite spots and to have cops walking a beat during late nite hours in the downtown area and also on Bikes to be seen when needed!! They aren’t being seen till its all over!! Lots of people are walking with a piece on them these days to protect themselves and others because you can’t depend on the NPD!! Its just that simple!!

  • Anonymous

    Knife wielding guards in every school as an alternative?

  • Anonymous

    :)

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    Crakalakin’s sarcasm went right over your head Dave.

  • Anonymous

    Two handed swords FTW.