Disappointed in Parkersburg

I woke up this morning and read the paper in amazement. What kind of city do I live in? The city council in this town of ours is infected with ignorance. Do they not know that with a town that is full of drug activity, bringing in help to try and fix the problem is the best we can ask for? We have had a drug addiction problem in this area for quite a while now. Overdoses and break-ins, and all the things that are present with drug addiction, but now we are complaining because there are actually programs to try and fix it?

I’ve seen some ridiculous decisions in my lifetime, and in this town, but this is one of the most heartless ones for sure. Not only do they believe these facilities aren’t needed, or we have too many, but they are also fighting sober-living houses from going into certain neighborhoods. Do they not understand that when a person gets sober and is put back into society to work and prosper, sitting them in a neighborhood full of drug abusers is not the way to go? Putting them in a neighborhood where they aren’t known and can make new acquaintances would be a great thing. It would be like putting a diabetic in a doughnut shop and expecting them to eat healthy.

I am well aware of the Snob Factor; you know, where the so-called upper class thinks they are better than everyone else, and they believe that if one of their upper-class buddies doesn’t want one of these sober houses in their neighborhood, they shouldn’t have to have one. But I did not figure that the mayor and city council would think for one minute that they could put a moratorium in effect that is against federal laws put in place to protect these people’s rights. What a joke!

I am a member of the board of directors for one of the homeless facilities here in town, so I am very aware of our homeless situation. No matter how many times the council says it, sober and recovering drug addicts are not causing more homelessness. Are a lot of the homeless on drugs? Yes, they certainly are; but recovery is not the problem!

Horrible people who look down on others and only care about themselves are not new.

You can’t complain about a drug problem and then complain about the solution. Shame on all of you who have played a part in this move, and shame on the city council and the mayor for all the money they will cost the city of Parkersburg in lawsuits that will be filed because of it.

These are people, they are brothers, fathers, sisters, sons, daughters and mothers; they aren’t animals on the streets. They deserve our celebrations for their accomplishments, and our encouragement as they continue to put their life back together.

The Lord said “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sister of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40.

Kim Wilson



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