Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to London Mayor Joe Fontana.
Dear Mayor Fontana:
I correspond to convey a perspective in regard to the riotous outburst of young people in London on March 17. While London residents need to call on the guilty parties to repent of their behaviour and show remorse, I suggest that their parents are to some measure accountable for their actions.
It behoves parents to voluntarily step up to pay the city for a portion of the damages, which were a senseless and unexpected drain on the city’s budget. I pray God spares me from such a predicament; but, if I was in such a position, it would seem fair to assess my personal financial circumstances and give a reasonable portion (in proportion to the culpability estimated) as a contribution to cover the city’s costs. Concurrently, if it is feasible, I would encourage my son or daughter who was involved to repay this amount through chores around the home, or through other means.
I take this occasion to underscore the point you heard me express to London Police Service personnel at the Hamilton Road area community meeting (dealing with law and order issues in the vicinity) earlier this month on March 6.
We can take preventive measures to reduce crime, and this is particularly true for the said incident. We need to stop listening to the “big lie” of the secularists who attempt to relegate faith to the private domain. As adults, let us strive to learn how to live godly lives and make the best effort to achieve this all-around.
Generally speaking, godly parents raise godly children; especially, when supported in this effort by society and the surrounding community. The reality pertinent to the subject at hand is that the converse is true.
Does the worrisome behaviour of young people last Saturday reflect the level of secularisation of our city? Let’s talk about God, and seek His counsel, when we meet to discuss the solutions for the problems that we face as London residents. Furthermore, the media has a significant influence on young people in these matters. What a difference it would make if journalists held to the described perspective.
As mayor, you have the potential to lead people towards the described end. I hope that you can begin to turn things around by setting the precedent.