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5/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Make Kingman good again

In answer to Jack Shepherd's post, Kingman is a railroad town; it was built by the railroad. People have been coming and staying here long before you and others. If you wanted to complain about the noise, then you should have lived here when the "steamers" went though.

This is my town, and I happen to like it the way it was before people moved out here and are trying to change it. I used to work on the ATSF, and so did a lot of others who live here. If you want to change it, then get busy and redo the buildings that are falling down. Make Kingman what it used to be, then people will visit more. We don't need more people here or builders. The water supply won't take it.

Jack Bryggs

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: Another Thought

"but I'm sure that many of them are veterans with mental problems"

That's a pretty big assumption however, I tend to believe otherwise. What evidence do you have that points out military? If it's by their clothing (military style}, then one must not forget that those can be purchased at Thrift stores.


Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
Article comment by: Allan Gleason

I sympathize with Jack... I was brought up on a ranch just outside a small town, so I understand. I also like railroads since they were all we had when I was a kid and later on I worked as a brakeman for Southern Pacific. I was also a passenger on a troop train headed from Fresno to San Antonio basic training in 1951 and viewed the thousands of warplanes mothballed here.... really impressive! Considering Kingman's location at the intersection of I-40 and 93, and with the climate and views, I'm very surprised that Kingman hasn't gotten much larger.... it has all the makings for a great retirement town!

Don't know how the other commentators got onto homeless begging, but I'm sure that many of them are veterans with mental problems. Perhaps we could solve the problem by supporting places like Cornerstone, the food bank and churches. You don't solve problems by being cruel and thoughtless toward people in need!



Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

When I see people sitting on the corner holding a sign for help, it reminds me of a story of a guy in Las Vegas. He sat at the bottom of the same exit ramp for several years holding a sign for help. He was quite open and divulged that he made $150 a day on average. He also acknowledged that he had an apartment and $9,000 in his bank account.

That story killed any thought of helping anyone standing on the corner with a sign asking for help.


Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis McElyea Smith

Still think the city screwed up not getting a REAL mall here long ago!! Kingman is an ideal place for a mall with I-40 going right through, travelers often stop and shop at malls on their way through cities.
Coming into Kingman I-40 east is gorgeous view, a mall just off I-40 further east of Stockton Hill Rd. could give another gorgeous view and impression of city. With all the outlying areas around Kingman it would make a lot of sense!


Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

@ concerned,..........ignore the beggars and they will go away. If you enable them by giving them $ they will be there again. I'll bet some of them live in that RV campground just down the road and see WM as easy pickins'.

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Article comment by: Concerned Kingman Resident

I am SICK of seeing the "homeless" beggars standing by Walmart, Big Lots & The Interstate. There is a group of them and they switch off, changing spots with one another. It is frustrating and makes us looks tacky. I wish the PD would put a stop to this!



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