News of the horrible passing of Anna Palmer has made its way to Virginia. We mourn for her as do you. Loss such as this has a particularly bitter and numbing sting. Innocence lost once again. Please, please, do not let shock prevent you from acting to help law enforcement in their investigation. Any detail, no matter how small, might make the difference.

Yes, please do get on with that Neighborhood Watch program. Do go forward with that education program to be aware of what is going on around you personally and as a community. But mostly do make a statement that you will not tolerate this and that there is no place for violent crime in your fair city. Our children are counting on us.Jim Johnson

Richmond, Va.