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When I read the recent article by Julie Gerke titled “Seeds of love,” one question occurred to me. If a local church pastor who volunteers to visit jailed inmates can create a pilot program aimed at deterring young children from criminal activity, where are the more well known influential ministers?

It would be great if Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger used their influence to rebuild the family structure in the minority communities. However, they insist on dividing and encouraging people to riot, rob, and react. These actions only result in even more blacks being jailed, and innocent people losing life, limb and their hard earned livelihoods. If these well-known religious figures worked in troubled neighborhoods promoting positive programs aimed toward prevention and deterrence, the results could be phenomenal. If only they would choose to use their polarizing charisma to promote peaceful solutions to problems rather than violent retaliation.

George Rehker

Bloomington

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