Friday, December 3, 2010

VIDEO: Richard Wooten on PCC Community Network Forum

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This PCC Community Newtork Forum video via Concerned Citizens of Chatham is of 6th Ward Aldermanic candidate Richard Wooten who talks a lot about his background as not only a Chicago Police Officer, but as a minister as well. He makes quite a few comments about what he sees in our community.

Some quotes of note:

"If we continue to be afraid of our young people, they will never learn how to be responsible or how to be respectful"

"The incumbent has been in office for a little over 10 years. And in 10 years our community has remained pretty much the same. And we understand that we need to grow as a community. We're not Lincoln Park, OK, but we should have the same resources as Lincoln Park. We should be able to function the same as Lincoln Park."

"We have a park in our community, Abbott Park, that been deteriorated. Bottomed out almost, you know, but we don't have the resources that have been generated or redirected to that park."

"We're (Chicago Police) one of the only [police departments] in the United States that still has to respond to every call for service. Someone calls and says there's a possum in my backyard, guess what? The police has to go, you know. Why not divert these calls to other departments like animal control?"

"The 6th ward is a very huge ward. It runs from Englewood to Roseland Heights. One person can not run this ward. This is where the power of the people comes in."

What do you think of Wooten's comments in this almost half hour interview?

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