I was contemplating the message to attach to this post about Monday afternoon’s events, in the video below. And, you know? There is very little that I haven’t said – ad nauseum – over the past three years, in this blog…
Here’s another take on things, as posted to facebook, by one of the few quality, conscientious rental property owners in town:
I hate to sound negative as I had great hopes for Pottstown, but the bottom line is NOBODY who has the power to accomplish anything positive cares. The borough manager is in it for a paycheck. The elected board is there for an ego trip.
The police don’t want to be bothered with doing their jobs. I had a conversation with an officer the other day. He was in the 400 block of Walnut Street. I asked him, “Why don’t the police just write citations to all these degenerates for anything you can think of, Even if it j-walking?” I explained that if you let it be known that Pottstown isn’t a place were criminals feel comfortable, they will leave. He laughed and said, “Thats what Philly does, now they are all making their way here.” My response was, “Well, if it works for Philly, why won’t it work here.? He smiled and said, ” Chris, I get paid the same amount of money either way, why create more paper work for myself.”
Then he explained that is pretty much the attitude of the entire police department. He explained that he is tired of hearing about the borough manager complain that he is in a higher tax bracket now and it is “killing him” (By the way, I had just met this officer for the first time, and he was very open about the dysfunction of upper management).
Typical politics as usual. He explained to me that the town has NO HOPE. It will never come back and to be honest although the borough claims they can’t stand what is going on, the truth of the matter is that they really don’t care. The more crime, the more overtime for the police. If Pottstown officials had a treasure map resting on the table in front of them with a big “X” where the treasure was located, I honestly think they would come up with reasons why not to use the map but rather hire an outside firm whom someone is in bed with and use the tax payers money to create another faulty map only to fail.
***TO EXEMPLIFY THE SENTIMENTS ABOVE, POTTSTOWN POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THIS PROPERTY BEFORE AFTER THE BEATING DEATH OF A MOTHER PIT BULL KNOWN AS BROOKLYN. BROOKLYN’S BODY WAS LEFT IN THE BACK YARD OF 244 N. CHARLOTTE ST. FOR 2 DAYS AFTER HER TRAGIC DEATH, WITNESSED BY NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN, (THAT FACT ALONE IS UNFORGIVABLE). ULTIMATELY THE RENTER BAGGED HER BODY AND THREW HER IN THE TRASH***
“Dogfighting is almost always a symptom of gun and drug related crimes, so working to end the horrible practice not only benefits animals, it benefits humans as well.” Andrew Helton to Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania Director of the Humane Society of the United States.
Pit Bulls Turning Up Dead in Dumpsters <CLIK (written last September).
244 N. Charlotte St. The Creeping Crud <CLIK (don’t miss the comments beneath this article where Faye and Larry defend their slum mentalities).
“We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.”