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Getting to the heart of rental property, drug trade problem

October 18, 2013

Pushing hard for a Williamsport rental ordinance holding landlords accountable for their properties, city crime officials were successful with their compelling case to City Council last week......

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Millwe

Nov-12-13 12:49 AM

Where are some of you people from that you are all so perfect???? The majority of people (yes, all colors) do want to work....but not for $7.35 an hour 25 hours a week. That won't feed a family. I was at Wegmans this past summer and I watched many men take applications for a job out of the trunk of a car (the pay was about $12.00) to go to work so don't tell me people don't want to work. They do want to work for a good wage that will feed their family! not everyone is as lucky as those of you commenting and do have a criminal record. So what? Do you want to give them a job or not? Otherwise, when people get desperate to survive and resort to illegal activity, don't stand there on your soapbox scratching your head. Get real-everyone needs food and shelter-even ex-cons!!!!

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mariano

Oct-20-13 9:26 PM

"What has to be policed is discrimination against low income families since they are at risk for illegally supplementing income."

This is a sad and well taken point. It breaks my heart to realize people live in such hard times in which they resort to h e r o I n dealing to make money. Knowing that dealing destroys lives and still sit down to dinner at night knowing the food on the table has been provided by some ones addiction. Such a harsh reality never entered my mind. I am thankful for what I have and hope for new ideas on how to improve conditions for those found in such desperate situations. Please try to follow the right path no matter the road you travel.

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boxtops1234

Oct-20-13 3:01 PM

Also for the amount of households in the area that earn a livable income there obviously isn't enough job opportunity to support the population. The Williamsport area should support a population of about 4-6,000 less if not more. Prisons have work programs where inmates can learn workforce skills albeit not for much pay but why aren't their federal and state job programs in the area where those exist. Other than companies don't want to compete. Why is the government giving out assistance without requiring someone to get a skill. If your going to sit at home and get paid why not have training to be a web developer or IT Tech. You can't grow if you don't have the opportunity to do anything. You don't get self respect by not doing anything to support yourself and family. I often see people, white people, talk down on blacks like their just criminals that came up from Philadelphia but rarely ever do I see them embrace them as part of the community.

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boxtops1234

Oct-20-13 2:44 PM

One the same not you should have to do a background check of any other adults within the household to ensure that they fit the criteria to be part of the community. Many household will keep their kids straight if they know their rent could be revoked if someone over 18 commits a drug related crime. I've worked around many places in the area and it disheartens me so many people of african decent that aren't employed. I know what racist views would come about as quick answers but really what is causing so much of our population not to be active in employment in the area. The majority of employment I see is staffed by white people. If you do find a number of minorities working it's on the golden strip at fast food joints. Fast food jobs don't supply enough income to support a family or mortgage. I don't think it's fundamentally a race problem but there is a major problem with assimilating those communities within local employment.

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boxtops1234

Oct-20-13 2:28 PM

Putting dealers in prison for life wont change the issue. There is always someone using drugs that is going to deal to support their habit. They may start off as a small time dealer buying for a few acquaintances but they are going to eventually find a larger market. If you don't want drug addicts and dealers then you have to discriminate. It definitely sounds old fashioned and out of date but it's the only way. If the military wants drug users out of their ranks then they urine test everyone and those who fail get their separation papers. What has to be policed is discrimination against low income families since they are at risk for illegally supplementing income.Thats the point where local government has to step in to ensure that people rights are being upheld. Background checks would help. If you've gone 5 years without committing a drug related crime and you have legitimate employment then you should be able to be a part of the community.

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mariano

Oct-19-13 9:35 AM

"Like ANY significant profit-generating enterprise...if a distributor is incapacitated (by some means)...he CAN be replaced...and, usually is. It's called Capitalism."

Yes that is true the h e r o I n dealer would be replaced under the current laws. However if we start putting dealers away for life the consequences might out way the benefits of dealing. The dealer might also find another town to play in. Thanks for the response.

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MrShaman

Oct-19-13 8:28 AM

Again a ****** dealer only goes out of business when he is behind bars." - mariano

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I'm assuming your intention was to say h e r o i n-dealer. (You'll have to excuse the bluenoses, here).

Like ANY significant profit-generating enterprise...if a distributor is incapacitated (by some means)...he CAN be replaced...and, usually is. It's called Capitalism.

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mariano

Oct-18-13 10:19 AM

How do you suggest a landlord is going to keep track of who is staying in a rental unit. I mean lets be realistic this is an administrative nightmare. The landlord will not keep track of who is coming and going from a rental unit. I agree with the mayor from Scranton he made the most sense. I also have expressed my thoughts again here they are. Put the ****** dealer away for life. Its hard to sell ****** from behind bars. There would be room in the jail if ****** dealers become the number one priority in the court room. For once lets change current laws to meet future demands. Lets act before society dictates what should have been done long ago. Again a ****** dealer only goes out of business when he is behind bars. This action would be the path of least resistance.

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andy33

Oct-18-13 6:22 AM

EDITOR...we agree on this one....

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