Viewers who see my photographs of stately Hartford buildings often comment about how pretty Hartford seems to be. But remember, on this blog you see Hartford through the eyes of an older white, privileged guy living a comfortable life in the suburbs.
There is, of course, another Hartford, the Hartford of poor, nonwhite, young people, who live in fear in dangerous urban neighborhoods.
On the lawn of the Church of the Good Shepherd, there is a pile of engraved brownstone slabs, a memorial to some of the young people who didn't make it out of that poor neighborhood.
"I hate Hartford.
I just want to get out of this town . . .
I want to get out of this place."
Melvin Anthony 'Koo Koo Nutee' Kardulis,
died in the 17th year of his age.
I googled Melvin Kardulis
and learned that he was a talented student artist. In late 1991 Melvin's uncle and he had angry words with some teenagers in a convenience store. A 16-year old had a gun. Kardulis was the 25th person murdered in Hartford that year.
Does anyone believe that the framers of the Constitution
really intended that every idiot in this country could have
any lethal weapon he wants?