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Community Voices Confronting gangs in Lodi: Paul I. Bonell, Lodi Boys and Girls Club president

‘I do know the one thing I can’t do is nothing. Daily, I ask for guidance that my actions and my decisions positively influence all children.’

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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:00 am

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.

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