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I read the article about Mr. McCain…sounded like a very nice person..I hope people told him while he was living that he was a great person. [ Editor’s Note: I’ll be honest and say that although I have lived here my entire life, I was not familiar with him, but like you, as I read about him, I came to appreciate his contribution to the community and his work ethic]
*** I recently heard that they are planning to turn the old hospital in West Memphis into a prison hospital. That is very sad to hear, something like that is the last thing that the town needs. That will only make it even less desirable to live there than it already is. [Editor’s Note: I appreciate your opinion on the hospital potentially becoming a Department of Community Correction center. Your opinion is just as valid as anyone else’s] The only thing that will save and eventually revive the towns of West Memphis and Marion is for them to pass ordinances like those in places like Collierville,TN. [Editor’s Note: If only it were as simple as passing a slate of ordinances] Examples being: No government housing of any kind
[ Editor’s Note: Pretty sure that’s illegal], no mobile homes within the city limits [ Editor’s Note: Grandfathered in], no visi-ble chain link fences [ Editor’s Note: Are there invisible chain- link fences], only approved business allowed [ Editor’s Note: Already a law], only approved earth tone colors for buildings and houses [ Editor’s Note: Because house colors are the problem?], strictly enforce exist-ing laws against loitering, noise and laws pertaining to the upkeep of property and tear down dilapidated houses and neighborhoods with excessive crime [Editor’s Note: Who’s going to cut that check?]. Also put a mandatory minimum square footage requirement on all homes built in the future [Editor’s Note: There are no new homes being built in West Memphis and the ones being built in Marion are huge], and if they could pass a law requiring anyone who receives government assistance to take a monthly drug test it would change things greatly [ Editor’s Note: Good idea, shot down in court]. Maybe even make illegal to rent or sell property to anyone who had been convicted of a sex crime [ Editor’s Note: Illegal]. I seriously doubt that any of these things will ever get done, but if they would that area would most certainly change for the better and run off all the undesirables and make decent people want to live there again. It makes me sad to see what has become of my hometown I know that there are still many good people there, but I think everyone would agree that it has been on a downward spiral for the last twenty- five years or so. I would love to see it become a thriving community again where people would feel good about rais-ing their families and get off the most dangerous cities in America list. I pray that my suggestions would reach the right people and get set into motion. I miss my home, but home just ain't home anymore. [ Editor’s Note: I get what you’re saying. I really do. But most of what you suggest simply isn’t feasible. I wish I had some counterproposals, but I don’t.
True change in this community begins in the home. We have, in many parts of the county, a culture of dependency and low self- worth, with families locked into a cycle that perpetuated that same culture. A few have been able to break that cycle, but it’s hard and often there’s not really anyone encouraging them to make the effort]
*** How is jury selection done now? I recently heard it was no longer based on being a registered voter, it is by legal driver license in the state? Can you please advise, curious! Thank you! [ Editor’s Note: It’s actually both. Straight from the Arkansas Judicial System’s website ( courts. arkansas. gov) jurors are “ chosen through a ran-dom selection process of persons whose names appear on the current voter registration list or a combination of voter registration and drivers license listings. I will not, however, that I have been licensed to drive since 1990 and registered to vote since 1992, and I have never been called for jury duty]
*** I just visited Crittenden Memorial park. I was shocked to see sunken graves, also head stones faded flowers, strewn everywhere even small markers torn down. Why is it not being cared for? [Editor’s Note: While I don’t claim to know the ins-and-outs of cemetery upkeep, I’d imagine that there is far less maintenace and grounds work done in the winter time. I’d be surprised if you didn’t see some “spring cleaning” being done pretty soon… although, I’m not sure what you can do about the ground itself shifting]
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