Editorial: A sigh of relief

“Let the justice sys­tem handle Mis­ter Toledo.”
That was the very wise ad­vice from Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, fol­low­ing the ar­rest of an Aldine Street man who al­legedly slashed tires on vehicles be­long­ing to his neigh­bors in May­fair and Holmes­burg.
While res­id­ents may be sleep­ing a tad bit more soundly these days now that Dav­id Toledo has been ap­pre­hen­ded and awaits his day in court, folks ought not get too lack­a­dais­ic­al.
They should re­main vi­gil­ant, aware that qual­ity-of-life crime and the type of low-level urb­an ter­ror­ism Mr. Toledo al­legedly put them through can hap­pen any­time. They should con­tin­ue to join and sup­port their loc­al Town Watch groups — heck, the more the mer­ri­er; re­mem­ber, in unity there is strength — and fre­quently peer out their win­dows for signs of trouble.
But res­id­ents must nev­er al­low their jus­ti­fi­able an­ger to move bey­ond the thought pro­cess, even if the wheels of justice move at a snail’s pace. A tempta­tion to har­ass the sus­pect, his fam­ily or his prop­erty may be a nat­ur­al in­stinct for folks who have lost time, wages and lots of dol­lars to get their cars re­paired fol­low­ing the van­dal­ism, but, as Capt. Bach­may­er sug­ges­ted last week, such ac­tion is off-lim­its. Crime vic­tims must re­frain from be­com­ing crim­in­als them­selves in the name of re­tali­ation.

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Just as the rule of law is what makes Amer­ica great, so too are our war vet­er­ans. North­east Phil­adelphia lost a great one last week, when World War II vet­er­an Ed Comly passed away at age 87.
A per­fect way to sa­lute this mod­est war hero is to re­name the Amer­ic­an Le­gion’s Bustleton Me­mori­al Post 810 on Old New­town Road, which Mr. Comly co-foun­ded, the Comly Post.
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