Wednesday, September 23, 2009


There are few crimes as heinous as arson.

Someone torched a cluster of row homes, in Edwardsville, late Monday night.

A lot of people lost their homes-- and their stuff. They could have lost their lives. The lives of firefighters were also at risk. It's horrible.

I consulted several web sites. They can't agree on a number, but they do agree the arson conviction rate is dismal. A firebug almost has to be caught in the act to go to jail.

This was the second case of arson, in two days, in the Wyoming Valley. Both resulted in huge fires.

Luckily, and thankfully, there was no loss of life.

It could have been a lot worse.

It's a cliche, but no one wins when someone plays with fire.