To my brother in Christ Bob Dean, there are several things that you must consider as a man of God:
A. The statement(s) you made to the media about the grieving families were demeaning, disgraceful and judgmental. Brother Dean, you made those statements when the families were still grieving the death of their loved ones. As a man of God, you must consider to publicly apologize for the statement(s) you made against your brothers and sisters in Christ.
B. Brother Dean, the following questions need to be answered:
1. Were you appointed by a county or city official to represent the families in this matter?
2. Why was the Ohio Attorney General involved with this matter?
3. How did the Ohio Attorney General come to the conclusion that the monies raised for the families should be given to the Warren-Youngstown Urban League?
4. Is the involvement of human government not "... of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth,'' (this was not inclusive of the families involved)?
C. To my brother in Christ Thomas S. Conley, President and CEO of the Warren-Youngstown Urban League, there are several questions that you must consider as a man of God:
1. What procedure was used within your organization to accept the monies that should have went to the families or could have been used to set up a trust find for the surviving young people from the car accident?
2. How can the Warren-Youngstown Urban League accept this money when an 8-year-old was shot by a bullet while sleeping in his bed last summer in Youngstown? Did the Warren-Youngstown Urban League receive any of the monies from that tragedy to find an initiative program?
3. Does the Warren-Youngstown Urban League presently fund an initiative program in Youngstown?
In closing, the following scripture is necessary to place in your heart:
''When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth, rule the people mourn'' (Proverbs 29:2:).
Shelli A. Jackson
Editor's note: This letter is reprinted with corrections