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Taking it to the streets 

To the editor,

Violence and street crime is out of hand in the Halifax Regional Municipality. As a musician and bartender, the downtown core is where I spend most of my work week, as does my wife, who works in a restaurant downtown as well. I'm afraid for her safety and infuriated that I have to rely on her co-workers to walk her to her car at night. No one should be afraid to go to work.

Our cultural and vibrant downtown is fast becoming a cesspool of gangs and vagrants, where you can't walk 10 feet without being confronted by someone. I've witnessed vandalism, brawls and outright attacks on innocent pedestrians walking home from an evening out. I'm sick and tired of hearing about friends getting the tar kicked out of them for simply enjoying all that Halifax has to offer.

We need foot patrol officers in the downtown core all the time. Mayor Kelly, your citizens are sick of this and you will be up for re-election soon enough. Clean up our streets before someone gets killed for going out for dinner.

By Jonny Stevens

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