Feeling strung out

I bought the newspaper and found that we are getting another of these “rehab” centers.

How many do we need? It seems the number far outstrips the percentage of local people who these are supposed to help. Now, we are getting people from all over the country, many of whom are on parole. And word on the street is that at least three of them went back to prison in this year alone.

I was born and raised here and have stayed here, but like the writer who returned for his PHS high school reunion and was appalled at what has happened to the area, so am I. I now feel compelled to tell my kids to not come back here. There is little for them anymore.

It used to be a wonderful place to live and raise children, but I feel we have lost that. At a time when the area continues to lose population due to the lack of good paying jobs (Parkersburg lost 5.8 percent of its population and Vienna lost 4.8 percent between 2010 and July of 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), all we are doing is bringing in parasites who add nothing to the economy but add to the crime rate and burgeoning drug problem.

Last year, one of them knocked on the window of my house while I was sitting in the office and wanted to know if I wanted to buy some tools and my truck was rifled through by one looking for money on the street where I grew up in Parkersburg. The only reason these facilities are being brought here is money. Someone will make a profit, while the area and its citizens will suffer and are suffering because of it.

L. Dean Schwartz



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