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Factory response

July 21, 2013

As owners of the Pajama Factory, Suzanne and I would like to respond to the July 9th article focusing on a drug arrest at the Pajama Factory....

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CitizenQ

Jul-25-13 8:01 AM

Again Mim, your comments are self-serving. You want the SG to only print articles about sun and flowers so that people are lead to believe that all is right with the world. I'd rather know what is happening in the real world...be it good or bad. So I can make an informed decision on my actions. You can continue to wear your rose colored glasses. I'll continue taking the good with the bad and searching for ways to make that bad into something good. Instead of wanting it buried.

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MimLogue

Jul-24-13 9:21 PM

Citizen q loo at today's sun gazette "bloody streets " headline thats great pr for the downtown,?? Willliamsport is a great town a with great people , The sun gAzette well not so GREAT!

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catmantwo

Jul-23-13 4:27 PM

Really??? People died in your building! It should be reported. If anything, the sun gazette may have been too gentle on the pajama factory.

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Magic1

Jul-23-13 9:48 AM

*paying for tenants bills

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Magic1

Jul-23-13 8:57 AM

Ummm mim where did I ever advocate for billing tenants bills? I agree with the other post you mix and match quotes and statements to fit ur needs. You have no idea how to debate, listen, or even comprehend what you read.

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CitizenQ

Jul-23-13 8:05 AM

CONT’D: How can you intelligently criticize the reporter for being on the scene, interviewing people and putting their quotes in his article? Do you want him to lie about what the people are saying just so you can continue finding renters? Wouldn’t you want prospective renters to understand the problems associated with the neighborhood before moving in rather than walking out on your rent because they find the issues afterwards?

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CitizenQ

Jul-23-13 8:04 AM

CONT’D: The statement was NOT that the Williamsport neighborhoods are 100% drugs and violence. What the quote said was: “"This neighborhood has changed 100 percent. Years ago, a lot of older people lived here and owned their own homes. Now many of these properties are rentals. People come and go. There is turnover, turnover, turnover," the woman, who has lived on the street for more than 20 years, said.”

You’ve mixed statements made by several others to make it appear as if one person was responsible for the only complaint. One resident quoted: “"This street anymore is drugs and killings." Another resident stated: “This block used to be beautiful, but drugs and violence are knocking it down.” And still another stated that the closeness among neighbors she and her husband first experienced when they moved to the city years ago was gone. “"You just keep your head down. You don't make eye contact," she remarked.” CONTINUED

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CitizenQ

Jul-23-13 8:04 AM

Mim, you are quick to chastise the SG for faulty reporting but you are guilty of the same. First to your statement: “Why are you picking on me?” I must respond that I am not “picking”, I am responding to the posts in which you were rude and obnoxious. I would (and have done) the same when I felt others were adding to the problem and not helping a situation. Post all the opinions you want, but I don’t understand why you feel the need to belittle others while doing so.

Next: You state: “The reporter should be fired, that was an anonymous untrue quote..” and follow that up with: “By saying williamsport neighborhoods are 100% drugs and violence , and to keep your head down by an unidentified woman perpetuates the problem.” CONTINUED

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MimLogue

Jul-23-13 8:00 AM

bigkcock I am part of the problem? Did I say I do not get good tenants? (dumb down) I have good tenants. I said it is harder to attract good tenants. Take some of my calls(dumb down) (50 calls 2 potential renters) as i have explained 3 times?? U have called me many names and insinuated a bunch of character traits, do u know m? I"ll admit, 20 years dealing with tenants has changed me.The water authority policy is wrong.Calling a whole neighborhood 100% drugs, violence on the front page (unidentified woman) with no proof is bad for the whole city.

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wwhickok

Jul-23-13 6:31 AM

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yourself. This is the types of excuses I'm talking about. Everyone wants to say "I'm not part of the problem" but also doesn't want to be part of the solution. Then that MAKES YOU part of the problem.

It's not just a landlord thing and it's not just a tenant thing. It's a Williamsport Citizen thing. If own property here, it's your obligated responsibility to make sure you're not renting to Criminals. If you're a citizen here, it's your obligated responsibility to report the crime in which you witness or have knowledge of.

If you're not, you're part of the problem.

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wwhickok

Jul-23-13 6:29 AM

First of all the woman that said "100% Crime and Violence" wasn't wrong, she simply exaggerated. I would say it's safe to say SOME of these neighborhoods have been come 75% overrun with Thugs. PD Mitchell/Memorial Ave area or what is now known as "Martin Luther King Dr"...which I'll never personally call it.

I think the woman's point and whether you want to admit it or not Mim, I live in this city too and I have for my entire life, I see it, there are very few communities within this city that are still safe to live.

Grampian Blvd, and up in the hills might be about it these days.

Mim, you and the rest of the landlords want to do something? Put camera's up on your properties, monitor what's going on outside of them and who is coming in and out of them.

Start doing background checks and start taking SERIOUS inquiry into the tenants you're renting to. If you're not doing these things, don't complain about the types of tenants you're getting because you can

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 10:01 PM

magic theres a woman who need help with her water bill, there"s your chance.

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 10:00 PM

citizen q what have u ever done toward finding out about problem landlords in this town call me we had 1000"s of hours in crime mapping landlords who had several serious incidents in their buildings all volunteer so u are talking with out knowing the facts. why are u picking on me ??

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 9:56 PM

magic, why dont u do some magic and disappear??? You never offer any solutions just badger I"m beginning to think u owrk for the water authority, it would kill u if freeloaders ever had to actually had to pay their own bill, wouldn:t it???

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 9:50 PM

what I said was the sun gazette labeling the good people in the neighborhood by an unidentified woman was wrong(100% drug and violence comment) then crime snowballs, good tenants will not want to rent there.The neighborhood will go down hill, this is the 3rd time I have said the same thing see why I say dumb down, why cant u get it the first time?? U keep abusing me and my units I will meet any of u on Scott st and introduce to u my units my tenants, neighbors. That article was so untrue but then i am there and u are not.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 11:23 AM

On top of that, they wouldn't feel the need to jack up the rent for future tenants because of what a previous tenant did.

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CitizenQ

Jul-22-13 9:50 AM

Cont'd: How is that stating it’s all the landlords fault? Spike merely pointed out that everyone should work together to help the issue. And no, just for the record, I don’t believe I’m related to Spike in any way. I’m not even sure if Spike is male or female, nor does it matter. It just bothers me when posters are called school yard names when their opinions differ. I’d expect that type of attitude from a child, but not someone responsible enough to own and rent property.

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CitizenQ

Jul-22-13 9:49 AM

Min Logue posts: " My suggestion was to stop making everyone in the neighborhood the problem. Spike came right back with it’s the landlord’s problem for not screening, yeah right; In this case it was the farthest thing from the truth. You are an idiot for calling that an intellectual response?? sorry that's my opinion. Are u his wife??" Mim why are you so full of anger for individuals you don’t even know? Calling people stupid and idiots if their opinions differ, even slightly, from yours. If this is how you treat prospective tenants it would be no wonder you’d have difficulty finding the cream of the crop. People respond to respect. What Spike responded was: "Landlords do hold some responsibility. Require criminal records checks. Call the tenants previous landlords. Rents are expensive in this town. Everyone can take a few extra steps including landlords." How is that stating it’s all the landlords fault? Continue

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spike2

Jul-22-13 8:55 AM

Mim - I too was a landlord for many, many years. I did criminal background checks. This is an entirely legal screening opportunity. Your properties are certainly not the worst but are nowhere near the best either.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 8:17 AM

Also, I assume the water authority comment wasn't directed to me because I didn't say anything about that.

Secondly, as far as the 121 license plates, I have no idea, I didn't hear that report.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 8:14 AM

First of all Mim, please allow me to explain that I tend to use the phrases "you and You're" very generally, I'm not actually intending them to suggest I'm speaking to YOU as much as I'm talking to "everyone in that category". I'm not looking for anyone to blame, my point is it always seems to be landlord vs. tenant. Good Landlords and good tenants should be working together to fix these problems.

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 7:16 AM

hick***** I thought i said it was a multi faceted problem?? Didn"t Maynard say on the news he reported 121 different license plates at that address to the police, ??? u just want someone to blame I have big shoulders I can take it and no I will never stop trying to change the water authority policy It is unfair and wrong.

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 7:12 AM

From the midwest doesn"t even live in the area knows more about my tenants & the people on Scott st. because he gets his facts from the sun gazette, sorry for calling you stupid I apologize but i know now why u are misinformed.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:48 AM

I'm sick of hearing so much "woe is me, I'm a landlord" crap.

You're not going to have a hard time renting an apartment if the price is fair, the apartment is in good condition, etc.

One thing I've noticed in Williamsport, very few landlords update their properties, I've seen far too many that still have old single pane windows and run on Oil heat. Do you have any idea how big of a burden Oil heat is? There is major advantages to switching over to electric or Natural Gas. For both the tenant and the landlord.

This is another example of excuses. You're acting like ALL of the tenants are the problem. Mim, sometimes, YOU(landlords) are the problem.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:45 AM

Second of all Mim, let me make something very clear. What a lot of tenants are thinking but unwilling to say.

You know what else makes it hard for a landlord to find good tenants? When a landlord is a d-bag. Honestly Mim, many of these lanlords in this area charge WAY too much for their apartments, heavily because of the gas Industries being willing to pay for them. Landlords have lost sight of the fact not everyone here works for the gas industry.

On top of that, when you're charging $800+ and not willing to at least include water and sewage, not many minimum wage people can afford that and there is a lot of those in this city.

Furthermore, the way you responded to Spike, doesn't make you come off as polite or nice. It makes you come off as a snob who thinks you're better than everyone else. That's the type of landlord I personally, a good tenant, would refuse to rent from.

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