No Angels Need Apply?
The Guardian Angels have come to Boston, and while a group of residents who met with them seemed happy to see them, some people are bitching. “Some people,” of course, are His Honor the Mayor and the chief of the Boston Police Department. Oh, and Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis, who calls Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa a “blowhard in a red beret.”
Sure, their web site is full of self-congratulation and Sliwa has made himself an international celebrity. So what? The Guardian Angels are volunteers acting as civilian patrols on the streets and in the subways. They don’t go anywhere the general public can’t go. They don’t break the law. They are unarmed. Their presence isn’t costing the city a dime. That’s a hell of a gift horse to turn away because you don’t like the guy who runs it.
It doesn’t take a public safety expert to know that Boston has a violent crime problem. The powers that be may think they can handle it, but as the saying goes, if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got. As I see it, something new is worth a try.
That’s why I am linking to the blog the Herald has given the Guardian Angels while they’re here. They entries there won’t win any Pulitzers, but I’m pretty sure that’s not why they came.