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Enough is enough

August 4, 2013

I read the article July 21 about another shooting in the city at 1510 Scott St. Why can’t the mayor and the other officials say enough is enoug....

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JerryfromRI

Aug-05-13 1:08 PM

I was not under the impression the Williamsport had an unsolved-crime problem.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 12:47 PM

Jerry, part of dealing with crime is being able to catch those who are committing it. That's what the cameras are for.

The ultimate goal is to completely prevent it, other solutions are needed for that.

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JerryfromRI

Aug-05-13 11:13 AM

I don't see how having cameras and more police on the payroll is going to stop a man from shooting another man over $30 on the 5th day of a heat wave.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 10:43 AM

Cap, I agree with you completely, however, I also feel the first step is to get them off the street and protect the citizens from their violence. Then, start shipping them out to rehab facilities, outside of the city, sentence them to long-term treatment, detoxing, which I know little about, is one thing, staying detoxed I'm sure is a completely different issue, it's far too easy for people to fall right back into the life.

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Capricorn1

Aug-05-13 8:35 AM

Wwickok, addiction is a disease just like any other disease and it requires treatment. You can't sentence someone to sobriety. Labeling these treatment facilities as part of the problem is completely off base. If you could find a way to get these addicts the treatment they desperately need and help them become productive members of society, you would also go a long way in eliminating the supply chain of these drugs and reduce crime in turn. The war on drugs has done little to address the real problem... addiction.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 6:54 AM

Bottom line really, eliminate the user, the dealers will go elsewhere.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 6:36 AM

Jerry, we're not talking about 'rounding up' the good people who came here from other places.

We're talking about eliminating the people causing the problems.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 6:35 AM

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eventually one of these scumbags will roll on their supplier because they don't want to go to prison. when they do, remove the supplier from the equation. If the supplier is in Philly and it's just a matter of the dealers being 'runners', then give this info to the Philadelphia police and let them handle it.

Removing these scumbags from the streets is the only real solution. Whether you start with the users and work your way up or you start with the suppliers and work your way down (which would likely be a more effective solution), the bottom line is, making the drugs and the users unavailable to each other is what needs to occur.

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wwhickok

Aug-05-13 6:31 AM

You say that it isn't Jesse Bloom's fault nobud, but you acknowledge she helped bring the rehabs here that helped bring the problem here. So she ABSOLUTELY deserves part of the blame. She isn't the only one at fault, I agree with that, but Bloom is definitely part of the original creators of this problem.

Spike, the whole "send them back where they came from", we're all thinking it, EVERY ONE OF US. Some of us just have the guts to say it.

This is a Philadelphia problem. The dealers came from Philadelphia, the users are a mixed bag, some were already here, some came from Philadelpia. The only way to dimish the problem is to cut the head off the snake.

You have to find the suppliers, not the dealers, the SUPPLIERS. How do you do this? You attack the problem from within, start cracking down, removing every user and dealer possible from the streets, you don't have enough room in your prison? Transfer them to another prison...like PHILADELPHIA; completely legal.

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JerryfromRI

Aug-04-13 2:45 PM

As someone who has moved here from elsewhere, do I need to be worried that I'm about to be rounded up?

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spike2

Aug-04-13 6:53 AM

Dottie - this is a free country. This "send them back where the came from" is old, tired and completely illegal. This is not a viable solution. andy - please expound on real action that is legal. What is your idea of "REAL action"? We need to have several plans. I'm not sure how we "know who the troublemakers are". I agree with nobud for the most part. I would disagree with the statement regarding demand (as to her o in). Those dealing do very generous sampling to maintain clientele. her 0 in, is completely different from the others and its addictive abilities.

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nobud74

Aug-04-13 6:20 AM

Dottie, the crime problem in Williamsport is NOT the fault of Ms. Bloom. She certainly had a hand in the growth of the rehab industry here and the relocation of undesirables is a result of that industry. The drug problem is a result of demand. We have always had a drug problem here but it is more pervasive and the drugs of choice are more insidious. Drugs demand brings drug distributors. You can lock up the little dealers all day long, but the money is lucrative so there will be another one to replace the first one in a matter of hours. There is no magic formula and no easy way to fix the problem.

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andy33

Aug-04-13 2:43 AM

Dottie...everyone knows who the trouble makers are and where they're from...but political correctness stands in the way of any REAL action!

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