By any measure, this year has been horrible, crime-wise, in Montgomery. The city has had 27 murders through the first six months, which has caused that city's daily newspaper, the Advertiser, to launch into a full-scale examination of what's happening and what can be done.
The latest attempt involves the Capital City's pastors, who are being asked by police to help them any way they can. The newspaper wrote, "Montgomery’s inner-city ministers are on the front lines of the battle against violence, just as they have been in the fight for social justice. And for the Montgomery Police Department, they’re also a valuable resource."
It's all relative, of course. Twenty-seven murders in six months -- though a tragic loss of life -- may not be front-page news in major metro areas in the United States. But double-digit murders in Anniston a few years ago shook our town. And in Montgomery, 27 is obviously too many, regardless of the reason.
Take a look at what's going on in Montgomery. It's eye-opening.
-- Phillip Tutor