Every week when I read The Washington Informer there is always some great news about what is happening in the DMV. But in this week’s edition I was profoundly saddened to read of the passing of Mickey Thompson. I followed with great passion the “Social Sightings” page on the inside cover page of The Informer every week. That page reminded me of how, in the past, Black newspapers would cover the “high social gatherings” in and around most urban settings. Everyone would want to see if their event made the paper, and see if they were in the photos. The “Social Sightings” page in the Informer was just like that to me. I want to extend my prayers to the family of Mickey Thompson and wish them comfort in this time of grief.
Justine Walker, Washington, DC
Metro Needs to Hire Police, Focus on Safety
William Ford’s article, “Metro GM’s Budget Proposal Includes Layoffs,” in the November 3, 2016 edition of the Informer was very informative. I have just one thing to say about Metro: They shouldn’t be talking about laying people off. They should be talking about hiring more people, especially police officers. The school children riding Metro have literally lost their minds. They are loud, rude, disrespectful and downright nasty. If you say something to them they will curse you out using all types of profanities. It is such a shame our young people feel they need to act in such a manner. Can they really be that angry with everyone other than their friends? I sometimes wonder if their parents know the way they act on the Metro. I return to my original statement: Hire more police officers and if they see kids acting out on the Metro, put them off!
Linda Ponder, Suitland, MD