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Long Restless Fearful Night

Many eyes were glued to their TV sets last night, including mine. I watched as protesters set about destroying a city, setting fires, looting building, shooting guns. I am just across the river from St. Louis and many of us travel there to shop, eat or see shows. It was not that long ago that I shopped near Ferguson.

I don’t know anyone that actually lives there, but I do know people who work in or near the town that was being destroyed before our eyes. My own son delivers to many of the businesses in or near there. I worry for his safety. Luckily the business had the foresight to call the company and cancel deliveries for today, but what about all the other days?

This unrest is not going to go away today, tomorrow or even next week. People shouldn’t have to live in fear just to do their job. Their loved ones shouldn’t have to worry about them when they leave home to go do their job.

It is Thanksgiving in just two days. What do the people of Ferguson have to be thankful for? That they survived one more night without getting their home or business destroyed? Or that they didn’t get shot? That is so sad.

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Ellis wrote on November 25, 2014, 9:34 AM

Another chance for looters to pick up some last minute Christmas shopping...

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 25, 2014, 9:41 AM

Yes, I think many of the looters have nothing to do with the actual protest, they just see a way to create chaos and grab free stuff.

maxeen wrote on November 25, 2014, 12:11 PM

More to the point a Mother shouldn't have to see her son die before she does because he is Black and doing what kids do ,play with guns .. One law for one and another for the victims of racism.

Feisty56 wrote on November 25, 2014, 1:37 PM

I understand the frustration that some people feel with the choice of the grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. But arson, looting and more don't address the issue at hand and only seem to put an even larger wedge between sides.

MegL wrote on November 25, 2014, 4:26 PM

We have seen to much of this in Northern Ireland. I feel for you and the worries you have in this situation. There are no winners!

carolscash wrote on November 25, 2014, 6:40 PM

I don't understand what these people think is going to make the fact that they are breaking the law help the fact that the officer was found to not be held accountable. I personally believe that the race card is played in many things anymore that people do. What f this kid had been shot by a black officer? Would we be discussing this at all?

carmela wrote on November 25, 2014, 8:26 PM

President Barack Obama has appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson. i sincerely hope and pray that everything will be settled before your Thanksgiving!

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 26, 2014, 8:59 AM

I agree carolscash The only thing that should be considered (or challenged, if you will) is if it was a justified shooting or not. A grand jury determined that it was.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 26, 2014, 9:01 AM

My hopes are that it all settles down too but I see no signs that it is. Riots continued last night and now many other states are joining in.