WTVM 1/08/13 Editorial: New Year's Day Homicide - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 1/08/13 Editorial: New Year's Day Homicide

It's January, 2013 and the city of Columbus already has a murder to solve. Police say two men opened fire inside the Majestic Sports Bar during a New Year's Eve Party leaving one dead and six others hurt.

Many residents who live near the Cussetta Road bar are calling on city officials to close it down, complaining of crime in and around the facility.

It's a terrible way to start the new year, not only for the families of those vicitims but for the residents of Columbus. Most reports show crime overall in the city has been on the decline in the last few years.

Though the murder rate was higher in 2012, at 17 than it was in 2011, which saw 14 homicides.

Everyone wants to live in a safe community and no city wants the reputation or image that comes with having a high violent crime rate.

Although 2013 may have gotten off to a bad start, it's not too late to make it a good year and keep the crime statistics on the downward trend.

A safer city is something that benefits us all. 

General Manager Lee Brantley brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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