Re: Davis' firing leaves city standing at crossroads March 6
Firing and shooting were results of failures
I saw a young 16-year-old stand up in court and have to admit to shooting a police officer. A young man who had to grow up before his time. The saddest part was he was alone and looked lost and there was no one there to help him. His father was there crying and asked if he could hug his son, but the judge said that he couldn't. Everybody had failed him. His mother had failed him, his father had failed him, the community had failed him, the system had failed him, and because of that, he had failed.
The $157,000 paid to Goliath Davis each year was wasted. It could have been better used to offer scholarships to the young men and women who need it. What jobs and opportunities are there for the young people even if they graduate from high school? Flipping burgers, working in restaurants, working on the back of a garbage truck? Or selling drugs for $1,000 a week?
Goliath Davis might have thought his place was with the people he grew up with, but his place was with his band of brothers, the policemen who were his brothers. He failed also.
Weldon Comerford, Seminole
Davis abused status by playing power game
I was reading your article about Goliath Davis and it stirred up some feelings. I'm a white male, 58, and have lived and worked here over 25 years. It has always been my opinion that Mr. Davis was a very bright guy. He achieved a certain status in this community that I feel he abused. Instead of serving the community I feel he was serving himself playing the power game in City Hall. His options are numerous, but I fully expect him to sue the city and leave a more negative remembrance of him. I just don't feel it was appropriate for Mr. Davis to put himself above the greater good of the community he professes to serve.
Peter DeLaire, St. Petersburg