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Answer to: It takes a village

December 21, 2013

I have lived here for most of my life on and off and I know the situation here. Since 1967, we have been the recipients of of drug dealers and users who were sent here to “recove....

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eriklatranyi

Dec-21-13 5:22 AM

Drug dealers are here because drug users are here.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-21-13 6:37 AM

Do I see any proposed new solutions?

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Tgrammiex4

Dec-21-13 7:10 AM

Heres a solution. Libs will love it.Raise the amounts that people get on welfare and food stamps so they won't have to supplement thier income by selling drugs.Of course, they'd have to raise taxes on the working folks to pay for it, but hey, thats ok.Makes perfect sense.

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spike2

Dec-21-13 7:38 AM

Erik, drug dealers are everywhere. Dealers create users. Many dealers give drugs free in the beginning. A user could not be a user without a dealer. The problem is not users. The problem is an entire generation who seeks mental comfort over the stresses of living. An entire generation lacks coping skills. They were protected from hardships, embarrassment, academic failings by the micro-managing parent. This is the difference between users and dealers. dealing is a predatory business. Solutions are to maintain the current group of addicts and let younger kids experience difficulties early on. Let them fail. They will learn to self-correct and develop coping mechanisms.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-21-13 8:14 AM

Spike:

I completely agree. We do not teach our children how to find joy and get that "high" from everyday life.

If you have that, you are less likely to turn to drugs for it.

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ArtFold

Dec-21-13 8:46 AM

Seriously? Give drugs (specifically ******) away for free??? Were you on drugs when you wrote this letter? While I do believe that marijuana should at least be decriminalized, other drugs are MUCH more harsh/dangerous. And as for "giving them away for free"? LOL You don't know what capitalism is all about, do you?

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ArtFold

Dec-21-13 8:49 AM

Oh my gosh! The Sun-Gazette is still censoring the word h-e-r-o-i-n? Even though that word has been used in front page headlines lately.

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JohnZook

Dec-21-13 9:22 AM

What a sad state of affairs we are in. From the beginning Evil has attacked the heart of Man to degrade God's Creation. This is a power struggle between Good and Evil and the Good side isn't supposed to win yet. Stay faithful to God and His Children; we're in for a rough ride....

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underwood

Dec-21-13 9:28 AM

Spike, I partially agree with your 7:38 AM post, but drugs were around when I was growing up in southern CA and most of us didn’t use them. I’d say that as time went on critical thinking concerning the consequences of one’s actions deteriorated and elements of our culture glorified drug use. The suppliers just responded to a very profitable demand.

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 9:54 AM

"This is the difference between users and dealers. dealing is a predatory business." - spike2

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'Tis true. Ask ANYONE who operates a tobacco-shop...or, State Store...or, bar...or, bakery...or, tanning-salon...or, ANYWHERE people spend money, hoping to enhance their Life!!!

I THINK it's still called Capitalism.

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:01 AM

Spike:

I completely agree. We do not teach our children how to find joy and get that "high" from everyday life." - eriklatranyi

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That's a fact!!!

It "might" help if those (same) children weren't CONSTANTLY-BARRAGED by your never-ending whining/complaining about ever-little-thing!

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Ritty77

Dec-21-13 10:02 AM

"Dealers create users. Many dealers give drugs free in the beginning."

I disagree. Rare is the case that a user will be "given" drugs that he or she wasn't already actively seeking. It is the drug user who creates other users.

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:05 AM

Blah blah blah, drugs, landlords fault, democrats, republicans, renting, dealers users. Same crap on a daily basis, the only solution is to get rid of blacks in the city, they are most of the problem. Open your eyes stop being afraid of being called names and call it what it is, less blacks less crime." - fromtheport

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WHEW!!!!!! An HONEST-"conservative"!!!!!

That's quite the oddity, 'round these parts!! Most "conservatives" are MUCH-too-cowardly to be so honest!

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:08 AM

"Oh my gosh! The Sun-Gazette is still censoring the word h-e-r-o-i-n? Even though that word has been used in front page headlines lately." - ArtFold

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I blame the S-G's inner-"nanny".

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:17 AM

"What a sad state of affairs we are in. From the beginning Evil has attacked the heart of Man to degrade God's Creation." - JohnZook

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...IF you (actually) BELIEVE in such fairy-tale concepts (as "evil").

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underwood

Dec-21-13 10:17 AM

If there’s a demand for something, someone will fill it. If it’s illegal, it’s simply more profitable to cover the risk. It’s as simple as that.

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slickthedryfly

Dec-21-13 10:20 AM

Well, the solution is to get SHS to abuse the emanate domain again, to buy up the rest of the city and put a huge parking lot in. Maybe give another corner to a non-profit, and move everyone out, white, black, and everyone in between. Or better yet, just wait for the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to sink in and wait for the white influx to arrive from Jersey Shore and Muncy.

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:24 AM

"Spike, I partially agree with your 7:38 AM post, but drugs were around when I was growing up in southern CA and most of us didn’t use them. I’d say that as time went on critical thinking concerning the consequences of one’s actions deteriorated..." - underwood

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...One o' the many "benefits" of the perpetual-need to be at War, in one corner o' this Planet, or another....especially as fewer-and-fewer families (actually) "participate".

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MrShaman

Dec-21-13 10:33 AM

"Dealers create users. Many dealers give drugs free in the beginning."

I disagree. Rare is the case that a user will be "given" drugs that he or she wasn't already actively seeking." - Ritty77

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...And, due to the profitability (driven by the Drug War), and lack of regulatory-efforts....dealers are expanding their inventory!!!

Now, when some young kids wants to try smoking a lil' Pot...he/she ALSO has access to H & Oxy!!!

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enigma

Dec-21-13 10:48 AM

"The landlords who do not care what happens to their properties"

Do these people exist? Who buys property just to have it destroyed? While there may be landlords who have given up caring, it is only because they have been placed in a no win situation. I know that there are bad landlords (I've had them), but I've never seen one who didn't care about their property. It often looks that way because the economic and social realities make it impossible to profitably maintain a property. This is caused by a multitude of factors from regulations to societal breakdown. I believe it is unfair to lay the blame at the feet of landlords "who don't care". It is also unfair to expect them to solve the problem, and threaten their livelihood without giving them the tools to do the job. The police, who have more authority to enforce law have been unable to do so, so we hand that job off to landlords. It's not right and it won't work.

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hopeforfuture

Dec-21-13 12:09 PM

In one of my favorite Christmas movies "It's A Wonderful Life", it appears that my town has turned into Pottervsille. More bars than businesses, run down homes, lack of hope, and lets not forget the rich high above the lower class blaming the decline on everyone but themselves.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-21-13 2:20 PM

Landlords have a real incentive to fix their properties....higher real estate taxes.

One can barely life a hammer in this area without an assessor knocking on the door.

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GertyK

Dec-21-13 8:58 PM

MsShannon Bigotry Doesn't become you. There are a lot of black families who AVE BEEN HERE FOR and we never had any trouble with any of them. I people who wre ordered by Judges to come here to recover from drugs are most of the ones who have caused the trouble, not ALL BLacks!

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Millwe

Dec-21-13 9:24 PM

Exactly!!! Never any proposed solutions. Could we perhaps try to get some brains involved somewhere in this mess? It would appear to me that this administration knows absolutely nothing about anything. Drugs, addicts, ******...other places, near and far, are, in fact, dealing with these same issues (much better, however) and there are better ways to do it. I am either part of the problem or part of the solution. Get rid of preconceived notions and opinions and look for the answers.

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rmiller

Dec-21-13 9:34 PM

Try a revival, a country turning back to the Lord, both the drug infested world and everyone else outside of that...we as a nation need a revival.

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