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Mayor gets earful

Immediate action, force against force promised

July 25, 2013

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana met an agitated crowd fearful of drug-related crimes, shootings, violence and rapid decay of buildings on Scott Street and surrounding neighborhoods Wednesday afternoon....

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Jul-30-13 7:16 AM

how many complaints does the mayor need to hear ? scott street isn't the only problem area in this town.

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Jul-26-13 4:39 PM

( wwhickok & Larry , It Is MY Prerogative To Comment , To Type The Way I Choose To NOT Yours. So Please In The Future Kindly Refrain With Your Lectures Towards Me. I Was Born And Raised In This City. It Sickens Me Just How Bad Things Have Gotten Over The Years With All The Shootings , Murders , And Just Last Night Another Stabbing. There Is NO Unity In This Community Or In Any Others Throughout Lycoming County. Why? Because All The Intruders That Have Come Here And Taken Over Our City. I Rather Choose To Stay Away From Stuck On Stupid People Who Run This Town Believing That Tomorrow Will Be Safe And Sound. In Life, There Are No Promises Or Guarantees.

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Jul-26-13 7:36 AM

To create a positive attitude and encourage people to take pride in their communities, make them personally invested in their community.

Think about it; how can anything the Mayor or Police Dept wants to do succeed without the cooperation and support of the Community?

Now, I ask you all again.. are you willing? Are you interested? Are you sick of making excuses and ready to stand up and reclaim your community?

@ gmail dot com

I'm waiting, I am hoping this time, you don't keep me waiting.

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Jul-26-13 7:33 AM

the same as condoning and accepting the problem.

The whole "It won't make a difference" attitude is a poison and it's spreading throughout the city like wildfire. You're all wrong. It WILL make a difference.

I've made a flat out integral challenge to each of you multiple times over the last few weeks. You know how many people responded to me?

2. One of them was at the meeting with me yesterday with the Mayor.

That's pretty sad, that there is two people of all the complainers on these forums, that are willing to stand up and help out.

I'll do it again. Our long-term plan is to change the perception of Williamsport, to work with local colleges and businesses and get people to work and educated, and involved.

My short term plan is to create a group that is willing to gather and help clean up the litter and/or repaint and revitalize structures in parks and communities or help the elderly and neighbors who have a hard time doing things for themselves, etc.

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Jul-26-13 7:29 AM

"No I Did Not Attend , Why ? It Won't Make A Bit Of Difference With The Mayor's Safety Speech For That's All It Is."

Right there. No one even needs to say anything else. That's the problem within the communities in Williamsport. You believe that action makes no difference so you don't act. But in reality it's the INACTION that makes no difference.

Action, involvement, it DOES make a difference. Do you really believe Campana doesn't want to hear your complaints? I would disagree, while he may not agree with you, he DOES want to hear them. He does want to opportunity to confirm that they are valid or invalid.

For example, testifying in court against criminals. If you don't testify, do you know what happens? They're out on the street again more often than not. Sometimes, you are the key piece of evidence and difference between a criminal getting locked up or being let go to kill again or sell more drugs.

I understand that there are fears, but to do nothing is

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Jul-26-13 7:24 AM

"About 75 people in a group of about 100 fully supported his policies to reduce crime, but others were more worried about recent shootings and spikes in ****** and other drug deals in the city."

That part of this article, for one, is an outright lie. I spoke to someone who was at the meeting on Scott Street. There was NOT 25 people in disagreeance with what Mayor Campana had to say. In fact, the majority of the crowd agreed and most of what came out of the meeting was extremely positive. There, according to my source, was a few people (not many at all) that had differing opinions, but the number wasn't in double digits, let alone 25.

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Jul-26-13 6:16 AM

Wintergirl, I have to ask. What's with the CAPS at the beginning of every word? It makes your post slightly difficult to read, plus isn't it a bit much to have to hit the shift key at the start of every word? It's poor grammar, and any good English teacher will tell you how important it is to practice good grammar - especially if you want to be taken seriously.

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Jul-26-13 6:03 AM

BornHere, what Erik said is accurate. I believe the company I work for has such programs.

@weldnpipe, were you being sarcastic? If not, encouraging shooting each other is definitely NOT the answer.

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Jul-25-13 8:02 PM

Thanks erik, I will relay your information to him, then I guess it's up to him.

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Jul-25-13 7:34 PM

If every shooting results in getting 3 undesireables off the streets in 4 days, maybe we should give them more bullets and they will take care of the problem themselves!

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Jul-25-13 7:07 PM


They may test randomly.

It sounds like your friend cleaned up for the pre-employment screening and then fell back into bad habits.

He might not get fired if discovered. Many companies have programs for such employees.

If he tells them, it will protect his job and they will pay for treatment.

But one has to wonder if he really wants treatment.

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Jul-25-13 6:44 PM

My husband spoke with his brother in July about it hopefully his brother can get thru to him before he loses his job.

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Jul-25-13 6:26 PM

That's a double edged sword. I would think most security companies are similar in this respect. Mine drug tested during the interview process. Beyond that they only drug test upon suspicion based on complaints and/or reports. The issue with this is, it wouldn't necessarily help the person, it would however get them fired. If it were me I would report it. However, I can't speak for others so with that ill respectfully reserve my opinion on that issue.

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Jul-25-13 6:21 PM

Thanks Wes, my husband has told this person numerous times to get some help or he might lose his job, he really does not seem to care about it, that's why I asked.

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Jul-25-13 6:02 PM

Bornhere, I believe at least some of these Security Guards work for a contract security company that yes has a contract with various gas companies.

I work contract security, but I am not associated with a company that supplies guards to the gas industry.

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Jul-25-13 5:59 PM

You don't have to shoot people to fight back. I'm not talking about fighting back in physical violence I am talking about involving yourself in neighborhood watch, which DOES NOT require anything more than observing and reporting. Taking pride in your community and helping clean up litter in the parks, helping revitalize communities, helping your neighbors who are unable to do so themselves maintain their lawns, etc. showing the people of this city we care and we won't let others destroy it.

That is what I'm talking about. Government is limited by policy, funding, other politicians, etc we aren't. We don't have to answer to unions.

I genuinely believe Campana NEEDS to run for a third term. He is the one starting to get things in motion, he should be here to finish it!

Enough excuses, don't complain if you're not willing to help your community succeed. If you're not part of the solution...guess what? You could be part of the problem.

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Jul-25-13 5:29 PM

Erik, does the Gas Industry contract out for their Security Guards? If they do you might want to start doing some Drug Testing on them.

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Jul-25-13 5:15 PM


The Mayor asked for more federal aid to replace monies that have 'dried up' and called out both Rep. Tom Marino and President Obama by name for help.

Evidently spending cuts have real world consequences.

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Jul-25-13 4:34 PM

Erik -stay in the gas field. You really don't know anything about Drug and ALCOHOL treatment.

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Jul-25-13 4:33 PM

radio - so was I. We actually know each other. I was in the trenches too. I can find you 100 people in two hours who came, stayed and are making over $50,000.00 a year in legit jobs. You just don't see them because they are working, home, shopping, just like everyone else. I don't know who has a pool and goes on cruises. Give me a hint as to where to look. Max SSI is $732.00 per month. If that's all you have with side work, you aren't getting a pool. The cars are leased. I do know that! I am "local", born here, lived here 90% of my adult life. I know too. You are right about the port. It was a nice place for people who really wanted to clean up. Do you live in Vallamont area?

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Jul-25-13 4:14 PM

Drug users are the problem....including marijuana users.

Many will disagree as marijuana is being legalized in many states.

Unfortunately, these users cannot get jobs in certain industries due to their drug use.

Our strongest local employer is the natural gas industry. But to work, you need a clean drug test and many cannot pass one.

Then, when you consider the number of users who are supported by SSI, unemployment, welfare, etc, etc, etc, it becomes even more frustrating.

Taxpayers are funding the very purchases that bring drug dealers to this area!

This nation must implement drug testing for any type of assistance or we are committing suicide for every community.

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Jul-25-13 3:42 PM

whic****, in reference to your remark about citizens being willing to stand up and fight back. I believe that's what George Zimmerman was doing when he became involved with Trayvon. With the predictable results, I don't know of very many people who would now be willing to put themselves "out there" just to have to go through what he was put through. Like they say, "No good deed goes unpunished".

As regards Jesse Bloom, it's more or less common knowledge that her son was a low-life druggie and the concensus at the time was that she encouraged the drug rehab centers in town so that he could get so called "help".

I also remember throngs of rehab "patients" getting off the bus with information packets provided by the courts of Philadelphia directing them where to go to sign up for benefits, housing, etc. in Williamsport. The rest is history.

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Jul-25-13 3:09 PM

Now comes the challenge, do you truly want to see change? Nothing our politicians and police department do can succeed without community involvement.

I and z3rocool want to organize a community action group. What's that mean? Email me and find out. We need people willing to be invested in their communities and stand up together and change not just the perception of Williamsport but the level of community involvement within the city. We have to support the police dept and coexist with them.

@ gmail dot com

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Jul-25-13 3:03 PM

First of all I don't think the Landlord/Tenant registration is about placing blame. I think it's about making it easier to find those who are known suspects and/potential suspects. 'Tagging' newly released cons to keep a watch out for relapse, and so on.

I just concluded a meeting with the Mayor and I want people to know it was very optimistic. He shared some of the efforts of the new 'Men in Black' unit, he shared is own concerns and listened to ours. He genuinely wanted to know what citizens were concerned about is absolutely supportive of community involvement. He agrees more community awareness is needed.

On top of that we all agreed that Sun Gazette is in the business of promoting a negative perception, well within their rights but counter-productive

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Jul-25-13 1:28 PM

so the mayor wants landlord tenent registration so he is saying we all are the bad ?????? he is commiting a crime his self by doing tht it is a violation of privacy tht is just as bad

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