Solving crime

I read the Oct. 27 Tribune editorial "Curb crime, save Chicago," and I agree with the solutions put forth to decrease crime.

As a student at Johnson College Prep High School in the center of Englewood, a neighborhood where many crimes are committed, I believe we should get more parents and community leaders involved in order for us to have bigger solutions for decreasing the crime rate.

This is important to me because as a teenager who witnesses crime, I do not want to walk around every day hoping that my chest won't get pierced by a bullet. Too many people I've known have died due to crime relations, such as drugs, gangs and revenge.

Protesting and taking action by reaching out to troubled teens would be a big contribution to making the streets safer than they are now. Not all crime would instantly decrease, but if we help troubled people in big groups, then they can expand positivity to others.

As for the government, I do not see Mayor Rahm Emanuel taking action.

This shows that we cannot always depend on one man to make problems better.

This is why it is up to us to make things better for ourselves and to hold ourselves and others accountable by making sure people around us are doing the right thing.

— Anthony Tunstill, student, Johnson College Prep, Chicago

Police presence

I am a resident of Chicago's South Side and the most significant problem is crime.

Crime affects me almost anywhere I go on the South Side. My family's old apartment near Garfield Boulevard and Damen Avenue was robbed twice in two months.

The police never came when called.

They always arrived the next day.

The citizens are not always the cause of the promotion of violence.

The police are unknowingly contributing.

The solution is to have stronger law enforcement.

Because the police are not responding as hastily as they should to certain areas, criminals will continue to commit crimes.

If you — actually if all of us — want the violence to stop, there should be a police officer stationed at every four blocks.

This will increase the security around certain areas.