I'm a reporter. It's in my nature to be curious, to ask questions and look for answers.
So, without further ado, here are a pair of potent ponderables along with a possible answer or two thrown in for good measure.
1. If the crime rate in Sunnyside suddenly doubled, wouldn't you think there would be outrage, or at least a call for answers?
Well, the crime rate in Sunnyside reportedly doubled during the city's Cinco de Mayo Festival. The spree included a stabbing in Central Park and even a federal offense-smashing of and theft from U.S. post office boxes.
The one response I've seen to date from the Cinco de Oh No debacle is that postal customers can only access their post office boxes during business hours. If you get off work after 5:30 p.m., good luck checking your post office box.
Whether the crime spurt was from local folks or visitors, or both, festival organizers and local law enforcement need to find a way to beef up security.
Better yet, maybe we can help them in a sort of organized, Cinco de Mayo Festival block watch so that future would-be thugs think twice.
I think festivals are great for community spirit and commerce, but let's hope there is a way-short of a shortened or canceled festival-that Cinco de Mayo can be safe and fun for all.
2. What if orange-clad Sunnyside jail inmates were transported-unannounced and uninvited-to work unsupervised next to the homes of city officials?
I'm thinking they (the officials) wouldn't welcome the move with open arms.
But that is what is happening in at least one city park here in Sunnyside.
At one location, an isolated park tucked away in a neighborhood, I've seen the orange brigade working unsupervised and unannounced.
Nothing makes your morning more exciting than pulling up to a stop sign in your neighborhood-on your block, no less-and having one of our orange guests start to walk up to your car and gesturing towards you. It wasn't a wave hello, folks.
That happened to my wife and me.
Now I think the inmates, or trustees, can provide useful labor. I've seen them working on the lawn outside the Law and Justice Center and it surely provides a savings to the city. Presumably, they are at low risk to re-offend.
But if they are going to be working in residential neighborhoods, at least provide some supervision or notice.
They did, after all, break the law.
And, for what it's worth, if there is a Sunnyside official who would like to have inmates working next to their home, I know where you can find a few.