A Reader’s Concerns

by Staff on April 2, 2007 · 51 comments

in Local

One of our readers posted this comment a few moments ago. It’s too good to not repost here. I want to make sure everyone sees it:

I, too, am concerned about the fact that our young people in Mitchell have so little to do. I have completely given up on the fact that the current administration will do anything to help our teens and young people…that is except to pour more money into the Police Department to police the young. The following is an excerpt from the Times-Mail news release dated Feb. 8, 2005 and in the words of Mayor Chastain:

(Having the police department in the downtown, Chastain said, would offer more security for the merchants, provide a police presence during the Persimmon Festival and possibly eliminate the amount of juveniles who congregate in the area.)

What ever happened to “an ounce of prevention?” Last June there was talk about buying the Crawford Morris building to put in a Youth Center for our young people. Why have we not heard any more about these plans? Apparently, it was just more “rambling.” The building now houses a new business. I suspect that the administration is more concerned with pouring money into the new police station.

We have paid for studies and heard numerous people voice their concerns for the youth, but nothing has happened. Perhaps, we have an administration that is so “into its own comfort zone” that the problems facing our teens today are not important.

I am a grandmother who can feel the uncertainty that many of our people are facing. Their world is much different that the ones that our older citizens faced. Drugs and alcohol are not the exception…they are the norm. Although we have very little business in town, we can boast three liquor stores, both groceries and the drug store sell alcoholic beverages and our neighborhoods are full of drugs.

We can continue to ignore the problems of the young and allow the courts to be filled with juvenile offenders…or we can elect new leadership that will recognize that the youth of our community is our future. Those who have criminal records will be lucky to make it out and those who do not have will not want to stay.

Thank you, very well said.

11 comments
jl
jl

The mother called Butch right after the incident, of course Butch said he would take care of it. I havent heard anymore about it. I will ask the mother if anything ever happened or if she ever heard anymore.

jl
jl

No one is saying these people are or are not perfect, what we are saying is there are alot of public officals "trying" to run this city that are "crooked" and we do not have to stand for that!!! I believe if the citizens of Mitchell all vote in the next election we CAN make a difference and get someone else in there that isnt as "crooked" as the ones we have in office now !!....These people from the Mayor right down to alot of the officers are beyond being human, they are imbeciles..!! As for Lobosky NOT being Chief, I always heard for many years that Lobosky came back here from Orange co. AFTER Butch became Mayor, and that Lobosky had to be an officer for at least 5 yrs. for the city of Mitchell before he could become Chief, so I believe if Butch held his Mayor's position once again--Lord help us--then after Hardman retires, Lobosky would then become Chief !!

rick
rick

yea the kid does get away with alot of shit

jl
jl

Maybe with chastain out as mayor then his grandchildren wont get away with as much at school either...I know his grandson has been caught several times at school with pot, but then he cries and yells "my grandpa is mayor you cant do anything to me"...then they call his grandpa and butchy-poo comes to the rescue....hell, maybe with a new mayor and chief of police maybe certain mayors son will even get busted for the drugs he does!!!!...as for blair I witnessed firsthand with a neighbor where she called the police on her out of control teen daughter, blair shows up and starts yelling at the mom, telling her what a bad parent she is, then the teen daughter hauls off and hits the mom right in the mouth in front of blair, busting her mouth wide open....what did blair do??... he laughed........and then talked to the daughter like she was the parent........talk about messed up !!!! Blair needs to get out of there !!

jl
jl

I have never been arrested or chased by the police, hell, I have never even had a speeding ticket, neither have any of my family members, but I have seen how the local police act and how they treat normal everyday citizens...so you dont have to be on their bad side to know or see how they really are !!

jl
jl

Amen to that one !!!..Steve blair needs to go right along with Hardman, Flex and Butch....I have also seen Blair in action, he cusses children and adults out, tells parents they are bad parents when their childen get into trouble...I cant wait until his children get into trouble and they will sooner or later....I vote for Geyer for Chief, at least he is more honest and fair....Whoever gets the Mayor position needs to go in and CLEAN house as soon as possible !!!...Hopefully we will get a new Mayor, new clerk treasurer, Chief of police, etc....

jl
jl

starchaser has always had tanning beds, even when they were on main street, just to clarify that before someone jumps down your throat to correct you...it doesnt really matter. I think the person before was saying Starchaser in itself is NOT a new business that has moved to town..but a prior business that has moved 3 times now....

whoosiermom
whoosiermom

Speaking of sidewalks down Hancock, I wouldn't walk down Hancock on a sidewalk and I am an adult. Try driving down Hancock at 12:50 pm and see if you feel safe in your car, much less walk. You are taking your life in your hands when the kids come pouring out of the school it is like the Indianapolis 500! And on to another subject, since we don't have any recreation in town for the kids, would'nt it be great to see that big old empty Pamida building turned into say maybe a skating rink, with another part of it with pinball machines and maybe a pool table? And the parking lot is so big that part of it could be sectioned off for the skateboarders. Course it comes down to put your money where your mouth is. And I do good to to feed the the mouths at my house. But I sure wish I had it I would surely give it.

admin
admin

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jl
jl

I'm still sitting here wondering why Mayor Chastain thinks we need a sidewalk along Hancock Avenue. Sure, it is nice that he wants to apply for grants for this job, but instead of putting in new sidewalks down Hancock Ave., why not use the grant funds to repair ALL of the sidewalks along our city streets that is in disrepair already? Krystle Slaten states in her article that she is all for the new sidewalk on Hancock, to run east of Ind 37 to Meridian Road and that she would use them quite often, yet, she wouldnt let her children use them unless they are in a stroller or wagon pushed by herself. Didnt she state earlier in the same article that the sidewalk along Hancock is to allow local schoolchildren a safer route to school, but she won't let her children use them? Kind of contradictory isn't it? What happened to the "bike path" that was put in place years ago? The bike path ran from the Meadow Moor addition across N. 14th street--a very little used street, much safer than Hancock Ave.--down Deckard dr., yet another seldomly used street, except for homeowners--ending right at the newly planted playground and City pool.....If there are children that walk and/or ride bikes to school---which I might add, the schools on that route to be used have children ages Kindergarten through 10/11 yrs. old...how many children walk or ride bikes to these 2 schools anyway? In the summer most kids that ride bikes or walk to the pool use the "old" bike path, very rarely will you see any kids use Hancock Ave. to transport themselves to the pool. Any kid going to the new playground would not be using the bike path or Hancock alone anyway, the playground is set up for much smaller children, not kids aged old enough to transport themselves to the pool or the playground. I guess what I am saying is, let us go ahead and get the grant money for the new Hancock sidewalk, we wouldnt want Krystle to have to walk or jog along any city side street or better yet use the local cemetary for that purpose, they have really nice paths there, up and down and curves that would do much more for the body jogging and/or walking than a straight sidewalk down Hancock from Meridian to Ind. 37. I might add, the "old" bike path is easily accessible from any side street that kids in this town would be using anyway. Also, when is it allowed for children to ride their bikes on city sidewalks, are they going to change that just for the Hancock sidewalk?? In ending, when did the city come up with such a program that they all but pay the homeowners to repair or replace their sidewalks, last I knew the homeowners had to pay for their "own" sidewalks to be repaired or replaced. I think Krystle needs to put aside her "love" for the current administration and realize they are on their way out !!

admin
admin

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