The Painter of Black Houses, an excerpt:
"You know what I know—that somebody, in the dead of night, has been painting our houses black.
As the steady stream of traffic flowing through our neighborhood will attest, we are not the only ones who find it hard to believe. It breaks my heart to see our once quiet Crestview become a spectacle for the curious, the gawkers and gapers. No doubt you have seen them driving up and down our streets. Slow, at a cemetery pace. Staring, pointing, shaking their heads.
While it is understandable that many of you refuse to talk to these folks, the time has come to make our case. As a leadership member of The Lion’s Club, I have spent decades working with a number of captains of our community. Experience tells me that we cannot ignore what has happened here, or wish it away."