Daily shootings have been reduced to a collective shrug. Families mourn fathers and uncles and brothers and sisters gunned down, sometimes right in front of them. Children wonder if they will get to grow old, as kids their age and younger are ripped apart by bullets. At least 97 young people ages 18 and under have been shot in Philly so far this year.
After getting arrested on drug charges last year, Kasim Shaw lucked out and was admitted to a diversionary program called "The Choice is Yours." His choice: to honor his half brother, who was gunned down last year, by graduating and becoming a role model for his daughter and his younger brothers.
Helen Ubiñas is an award-winning columnist at the Daily News. She is a champion of the little guy (or gal), especially those Philly residents who go unseen and unheard, and a not-so-easily-plucked thorn in the side of city politicians and organizations who forget they serve the public.