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|Ferriday burglaries cause for concern|
In recent days several businesses located near Ferriday were burglarized.
The businesses were Delta Parts & Supply, Ferriday Farm Equipment and Three Rivers Co-Op.
Meanwhile, businesses located within Ferriday's corporate limits were burglarized as well, or struck by vandals who caused considerable damage to the businesses for no apparent reason.
The businesses struck in Ferriday were Big John's, Bill Walter's service station, Colvin's Pharmacy, Four Seasons Flowers & Gifts, Graham's Jiffy Mart and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In some instances, cash money was stolen, while business owners face repairs to their facilities. The repairs will cost the businesses dearly in lost production time and out-of-pocket expenses to repair the damages vandals caused.
No arrests have been made in light of the crime spree.
To its credit, the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the incidents at Delta Parts & Supply, Ferriday Farm Equipment and Three Rivers Co-Op. The sheriff's office also offered a $1,000 reward for information concerning the break-in at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
What did Ferriday Police Chief Richard Madison say publicly about the rash of burglaries, including the vandalism?
At the very least, that is what we can say since Madison was unavailable to comment to the Concordia Sentinel for the newspaperís report on the burglaries.
Apparently, Madison should be reminded that he is responsible to the citizens of Ferriday. He should be reminded as well that he answers to the taxpayers, or the people who pay the taxes that provide the money for his salary.
Thus, Madison has a responsibility to communicate with the residents of the community whose public safety is his responsibility. Talking to a newspaper reporter whose publication has served the community with distinction since 1876 would be the proper course of action for Madison to take if he cares one iota about his credibility in the eyes of the public.
Yet, the rash of burglaries of businesses in Ferriday and near Ferriday did not surprise us.
The area's economy is struggling at best; economic opportunities, for the most part, are few and far between.
In tough economic times, crime often is rampant.
The political climate in Ferriday alone does not help matters either.
Ferriday has suffered in recent years from a failure of leadership in the mayor's office.
When the mayor of a community literally fails at every turn, the people act accordingly.
Such is the case in Ferriday.
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