I have been dying to weigh in on the Chuck Turner debacle. How many folks know or even care that the FBI paid their informant $3,000 to bribe politicians? In my mind Mr. Turner’s guilt or innocence runs a distant second to my suspicion of the FBI. The FBI has proven to be a disreputable institution. Those of us old enough remember the lawlessness of its cointelpro programs of the 1960s. More recently its Boston chapter’s complicity in Whitey Bulger’s reign of terror. So am I suspect of its handling of the takedown of Mr. Turner and Sen. Dianne Wilkerson? You bet I am. We all should be. I will never justify or condone wrongdoing, but when our law enforcement agencies use criminal tactics to bring down lawbreakers and use our tax money to do it, we should all feel a little uneasy.
I think Roving Camera is a good way to let people give their opinions about what they think in our community, our city and our state. Everyone should be able to share their thoughts with others.
I am a former resident of Boston now living in Florida. Although I never met Elva Lee Abdal-Khallaq (Collins), I did know her husband and a couple of their sons. I would get my haircut at the barbershop and patronized A Nubian Notion.
I am extending my expressions of sympathy for the family and rejoicing and praising the long and wonderful life that she lived. May God bless you all.
(Formerly Patricia Walters)