"The most dangerous place to be is an inner city in this state," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine remarked the other day. Too often, people accept crime in inner cities, he said, adding, "We're not going to put up with it anymore."
Let's hope not. But let's also hope state officials understand crime-ridden inner cities do not have to be located in major metropolitan areas.
Part of what prompted DeWine's remarks was a study showing that 56 percent of violent felony convictions in Ohio occur in counties occupied by Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Akron.
Indeed, those cities are crime centers in the Buckeye State. But they often export their hoodlums to other, smaller cities and towns.
Steubenville is one of them, as Ohio Valley residents are aware. The community may not be large, but it has a big-city rate of violent crime.
Children who live in violent inner cities "have the same right to grow up without facing the obstacles of a violent community," DeWine remarked. He is absolutely right. But if his comments signal some new state initiative against inner-city crime, it should not be limited to the major population centers. It should extend, too, to cities such as Steubenville.