When I was asked to contribute this special column concerning the impact of gangs here in Lodi, two observations became abundantly clear: 1.) I know very little about gangs, the why, how, where and when; and 2.) the 700-plus kids who use our faculties on a daily bases not only know more about gangs than I, but they at some point in their young lives (sooner rather than later) are going to be challenged to make a critical, life-changing decision.
If anything in my article can be used to continue the dialog on this gang issue, then I have helped advance the problem towards the solution. The result of gang activity right here in Lodi is innocent people die — yes, that means graveyard dead — and that burden is shared by all.