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4/17/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Kingman in decay

I cannot understand why this town and its elected officials do nothing about the total decay of our town.

Our young are strung out on drugs. They steal from the retired, only to buy more drugs.

Law enforcement needs to stop the drugs out there and go to the schools and stop this outbreak. Let's put people in office who know what they're doing before it's too late.

Galen Lessard

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

The "vagrant camp" was/is near the McDonald's on Andy Devine by the railroad tracks where the Greyhound bus depot used to be.It was called a hobo jungle back in the day.

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@oh ya

"Yes they came from...."

Great! So you are saying that when the county is sued for dropping one of them off in the middle of nowhere, you will indeed be willing to pay the settlement yourself, right?

Still not thinking it through, oh ya.


Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"So you are suggesting "a free ride" to the county line and letting them off in the middle of nowhere?"

Yes, they came from in the middle of nowhere and the fact that you don't see them tells me one of three things. You don't travel the main roads, you are driving at night, or you're nearly blind.


Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"...have not said where this army of vagrants are staying."

Must not go to Wally World or any convenience stores much.

Today there were probably 8-10 holding "anything helps", "need gas" or "God bless" signs at WM. Oddly, though I am home every day, mostly with my garage door open, I have never once had one of these folks stop by and offer to do yard work or anything similar for pay.

And how about the guy recently near the exit ramp with a shopping cart, wearing a dog costume?

In nearly 40 yrs of living all over the US, I have never seen as many beggars as I have here...except maybe in San Fran in the early 80's. I can hardly imagine what some of the larger cities near us experience.


Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"you STILL did not look up the definition of the word "vagrant""

Just for you FLS (street person, homeless person, tramp, hobo, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar
itinerant, wanderer, nomad, traveler, vagabond, transient
informalbag lady, bum), now which part did you not understand?


Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: CC DUBYA

Don't worry about jail overcrowding just do what Joe does...

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"Nowhere in my comments did i say......."

No, you implied that "vagrants" are a major problem and source of crime here. They are not enough of them for that. The overwhelming, major source of crime here are locals, who live in actual homes, not people passing through.

"That would be the ones pushing a shopping cart...."

And on many trips on the highway i have yet to see people halfway to Vegas, Phoenix, or anywhere else pushing their shopping carts loaded with belongings along the shoulder, on their way to or from here.

My obervations on registered sex offenders was accurate and apply directly to many of the drug users, and criminals here as well. They are here because family and friends make it possible for them to be here.

"A free ride to the county line....."

So you are suggesting "a free ride" to the county line and letting them off in the middle of nowhere? Can we make you, personally, responsible to pay the settlements for the lawsuits that are filed by the people, or family members of anyone that happens to die as a result? Didn't think of that, did you?

And it was easy to tell that even after reading my first comment you STILL did not look up the definition of the word "vagrant". And you still have not said where this army of vagrants are staying.


Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Kingman has every problem every other city in America has, this site seems to have the most whiners, complainers though who seem to spend 24/7 whining about how bad things are, how much its some elected official in Washington DC that is root of all their woes and miseries, maybe the unhappy, perpetually sad sacks here ought to look in the mirror for all their unhappiness and misery!

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"Get back to us and let us know where the big "vagrant" camp is. Driving around the area i seem to have missed seeing it."

No where in my comments did I say there were camps, however, just drive down Airway, Stockton Hill, and Andy Devine and you will see them either begging on the street corners or walking down the streets(For you FLS, that would be the ones pushing a shopping cart with their belongings in them or an over stuffed backpack), open your eyes.


Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"Constantly pelted with vagrants......"

Wrong. Try looking up the definition of the word "vagrant" next time.

The reason this town has so many drug addled losers is, in part, beccause they have family here that supports them.

And do you think we have such a large number of registered sex offenders here because they are living under bridges or are paying rent from the wages they make at their great job? No. The majority of them are supported by family stupid enough to do so and put the rest of the community at risk.

Get back to us and let us know where the big "vagrant" camp is. Driving around the area i seem to have missed seeing it.


Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Lucky Strike

About a month ago the sheriff,s office raided a house across the street. They arrested 3, took out weapons and boxes, wearing rubber gloves. Now the cars are lining up at this house again. A car pulls up, someone jumps out and runs into the house. Five minutes later they run out and leave. This is all day and half the night. I called the sheriffs office and the have done nothing. You want to get rid of drugs, elect someone that will do their job. Seems the present one's just draw a pay check for doing nothing. Being ex law enforcement I think I know a drug house when I see one. I told the sheriffs office my qualifications and my concerns and they said they would check it out but that has been over two weeks and nothing has happened.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: wild Walker

The problem in this town is no pride. I ask business people to pick up their trash and their response is the wind blows. The city tells me they can't enforce weed and trash ordinances because of private property rights. There are no good paying jobs here. POVERTY is the number one problem. So all you job creators out there we need JOBS that pay over minimum wage. Is anyone listening?

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Harrison

I don't feel it's the duty of law enforcement, but the parents. Hold them accountable for their children and I think you'll see improvement..

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Just J

@ Highly amused: I agree with you 100%. But the problems are out of hand at this point and it is the responsibility of the elected officials and the PD/MCSO/courts to get on the ball about the drugs in this town. I don't think Mohave County holds the monopoly on meth anymore, I think it is pretty wide spread and I bet there are hundreds of small towns dealing as we are here. BUT we control this community and we NEED more done about it! We as a state need to enact a requirement that IF your going to collect ANY form of welfare you MUST submit to random drug testing and if you fail your off the system so many sell their food stamps for drugs! This would be a start. And if a person who is drunk walking down the street can get it for public intoxication then it's time we start the same for those on meth, yes it would crowd our jail because at any given time walking around Kingman there many on meth, so get them for public intoxication as well! Stricter laws that MUST be enforced by the judges would help when dealing with the meth users as well. It must be pretty frustrating to be an officer, you arrest someone on the crap, or selling the crap and next think the officer knows is the person was let out by the judge! Make serious 1st time use a crime of at least 6 months in jail.


Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

So drugs are a problem? And marijuana does not hurt anyone? How many parents have a plant or two growing in the bed room? And they think it is ok to break the law? Who are you hurting by showing that it is ok to break the law? Why are you called parents? Nope marijuana does not hurt anyone does it. It all starts somewhere doesn't! It.

Verifiable medical necessity excepted.


Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

Not only is the drug & crime rate high but Kingman and Mohave County has one of the highest poverty rates and is one of the poorest in the Country the school district broke
and on & on it goes. Where in the hell is our elected officials? All they take about is spending and raising taxes
while ignoring the real problems were all faced with accept
of course themselves. Folks this is an election year and we all should let them know enough is enough and we're not taking anymore of there hiding from the major issue's.


Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: no longer in kingman

The time has come for everyone to clean up their own back yards......Before knocking on the neighbor's door. Want change? Then Do it. MAKE it happen instead of needing someone else to do it FOR you. See 300 cars a day at a house up the street? Make a call. Harass the dealers into moving out. Stand up for your neighborhood.

In the absence of action any action is a plus. Sacrifice a couple of minutes a day and try to solve a problem with a plan.


Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Highly Amused

The funny thing is, so many people blame drugs. Let's start at the root of the problem: PARENTS. Parents are not allowed to discipline their children any longer in fear of the long arm of the law coming down on them for disciplining their child for wrongdoing. I'm not talking beating the crap out of your kid. I'm talking discipline. Taking things away when they've misbehaved, grounding them when appropriate, and sometimes a good old fashioned spanking helps! "OH NO! Not my little Johnny/Susie!" Some parents will cry. Guess what...YES your little Johnny/Susie IS a troublemaker...and it starts at home!

Teaching a child to respect others and their property and to have a kind and caring heart begins in infancy. Treating your child well and not abusing them accompanies this.

And before those of you say 'Well this person doesn't know what they're talking about! I bet they don't have kids!" Yes, I do have a child. Yes, I do teach her manners at a young age. Yes, she does sometimes have tantrums, she is a child. And yes, she is disciplined. She rarely misbehaves in public and treats others with respect and kindness. I expect it from her.


Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Many of the drug problems are being generated by the fact that we are constantly pelted with vagrants that come from Vegas, Phoenix, and California. What kind of anti vagrancy laws do we have? I can see coming here for a week to see if you can find a job (not likely) but at some point they need to move on. How about escorting or providing them a ride to the county line, not the county jail.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

The problem is as I see it, you need to look at the people in this town that politicians and employees are drawn from. If one does not have good ingredients to make a cake then the finished product won't be very good.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

I have to agree, drugs are major problem in the USA,
legalizing it is NOT the answer, severe penalties would help. better officials/leaders will be a start.
look at the next 100 people you see, (anywhere) how many are using drugs , and altering their ability to drive. walk, or talk?
disgusting isn't it?




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