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concerned

Coleman, MI

#1 Mar 10, 2008
having grown up and graduated in reed city. I wonder what has happened to this once quiet small community. I remember the 1980 boys b-ball team and how the town supported them. it inspired me and alot of my class mates to try harder and the community supported all of us too win or loose.their were jobs and kids had fun without trouble(most of the time). now you come through town and you see empty buidings and speed traps. I seldom come through down town and if I do at night on my way home from work you can count on a police car trailing you . so as a rule i avoid town and spend my money elsewhere like everyone else. maybe thats why shortstop, little engines, larrys hardware,iga,plumbs I could go on forever are out of business. people are tried of the speed limits changeing . any way It is sad to see a once great family communtiy changed to town of no jobs,dollar stores and low income housing.will it ever be a place people want to raise their kids again or just stay a retirement closet with no hope of future gain
Wile E Coyote

Scotts, MI

#2 Mar 10, 2008
Too Many law enforcement agencies in a small town. State police, Sheriffs Dept and the Reed City Police dept. Barney Fife is left with nothing to do but look for speeders. Look at the police report in the Pioneer. They have nothing to do.
Snowmobile trail is the same way. Tourist won't travel through if they are always hasseled. Reed City just doesn't get it and probably won't till it's too late.
Wait till the new sports bar opens downtown Barney will be sitting out side with His breathalizer waiting. That should be good for business!
I along with hundreds of other people drive the back roads around town everyday just to avoid them. The town is turning into a joke.
reed city resident

Big Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 12, 2008
concerned wrote:
having grown up and graduated in reed city. I wonder what has happened to this once quiet small community. I remember the 1980 boys b-ball team and how the town supported them. it inspired me and alot of my class mates to try harder and the community supported all of us too win or loose.their were jobs and kids had fun without trouble(most of the time). now you come through town and you see empty buidings and speed traps. I seldom come through down town and if I do at night on my way home from work you can count on a police car trailing you . so as a rule i avoid town and spend my money elsewhere like everyone else. maybe thats why shortstop, little engines, larrys hardware,iga,plumbs I could go on forever are out of business. people are tried of the speed limits changeing . any way It is sad to see a once great family communtiy changed to town of no jobs,dollar stores and low income housing.will it ever be a place people want to raise their kids again or just stay a retirement closet with no hope of future gain
Oh your so right!!!!...ive also lived in this town all my life... i wanted to raise my kids . and my grand kids....But the town has life a hell for the normal joe.And its sad. let me tell you how tacky out locals are .... kinda remind me of pirhanna. I recently was forced to refinance my house after a divorce. A house ive lived in all my life. From My folks, to my kids ....always in the family... after i refinanced it had to leave my name for a little while for financing propaganda... THAT was a big mistake...when the lovely tax people from reed city got wind of that . they raised my taxes over 1000$ because they said i sold it...(mind you i still live there)... So Reed City and there evil little ways to ruin the small person in the end will suffer im sure.. They have not only managed to push us out of reed city as residents...but also left a very bitter feeling for a town once loved and supported by all of us.
Hello

Williamsburg, MI

#4 Mar 25, 2008
How about obeying the laws.....don't give em a reason to have to stop you and do their job...easy solution- obey the laws and speed limit which equals to a safer community and all is well.
Anthony Padua

United States

#5 Mar 26, 2008
Hello wrote:
How about obeying the laws.....don't give em a reason to have to stop you and do their job...easy solution- obey the laws and speed limit which equals to a safer community and all is well.
Sooner or later you, too will become a victim of a speed trap and you will be singing a different tune also. It doesn't matter if you're only going 15 MPH. You will get a ticket for 50. I know. And there's nothing you can do about it.

“Greg Brady and me!!”

Since: Jul 07

Nunya!

#6 Mar 27, 2008
Have not been to Reed City since I moved farther south over 2 years ago - WHAT sports bar, and is it going to put the Buckboard out of business - assuming it is still open.

“I'm the mom, that's why!”

Since: Mar 08

Bridgman, MI

#7 Mar 29, 2008
My mom lives in an apt complex in Reed City and she is surrounded by crime and drugs.

It's really sad - we grew up in a nearby town and loved to visit Reed City - had lots of family there. I loved going to the Osceola Inn and the park with the bridge. Heck, it was big news when McDonalds was first built.

Now, it's changed so much and lost that home town feel.

I'm trying to convince my mom to move closer to me so I don't have to worry so much. Too bad there is so much crime there. Maybe those speed trap cops would be better served to spend their time busting the drug dealers and weapons carriers. Make it safer for the good people of Reed City.
someone from there

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Apr 21, 2008
I know it seems to be continuing on its downhill stride. In the 1970s there was an article published about corrupt and unfair law officers and the like, in the Detroit Paper. It seems like unemployment continues to rise and businesses continue to fall and yet the only thing the city wants to do is build a new railroad depot for historical purposes. That money could have been better spent or at least the time used to obtain the money could have been better spent.
Living nearby

United States

#9 Apr 23, 2008
I think the cops are still corrupt.

What about the cops who refuse to pull over known alcholic retired state cops and their spouses?
And don't ticket them when they are involved in accidents and DWI, or go down one way streets the wrong way?

Reed City is dreary.

Swapfox

United States

#10 Apr 23, 2008
I agree the Reed City police has become more corrurpt over the years, I thought it would nice to see my grand kids grow up here but not now, it no longer a town for families, so we are moving the wole family back home to the hills of Tenn.
Living nearby wrote:
I think the cops are still corrupt.
What about the cops who refuse to pull over known alcholic retired state cops and their spouses?
And don't ticket them when they are involved in accidents and DWI, or go down one way streets the wrong way?
Reed City is dreary.

“Greg Brady and me!!”

Since: Jul 07

Nunya!

#11 Apr 23, 2008
Swapfox wrote:
I agree the Reed City police has become more corrurpt over the years, I thought it would nice to see my grand kids grow up here but not now, it no longer a town for families, so we are moving the wole family back home to the hills of Tenn.
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Take me, take me!!! I am so ready to get out of this poor excuse, laughing stock of a state.
Joe

United States

#12 Apr 26, 2008
What I find sad is how the powers that be in Reed City continue to find it necessary to destroy the beautiful old historical buildings in the names of progress. The taxes to support the dull, boring new school built after destroying the lovely old middle school is too high for a community struggling to survive...and completely unnecessary given that there are fewer students than there were 30 years ago and they continue to talk about the loss of additional students. Repairs could have been done, just as the BR Charter School renovated the old middle school there when the BRPS decided they needed to compete with the bigger cities aesthetically...certainly don't see that it improved their academics!
Also the old museum and the whole block that Yoplait took over..but I guess that's the price you pay for being dependent on the one employer in town.

“Greg Brady and me!!”

Since: Jul 07

Nunya!

#13 Apr 26, 2008
Don't even get me STARTED on Yoplait, I used to work there, and the things I could tell you....uggggh!
billy

Cadillac, MI

#14 May 5, 2008
reed city blows dog dyck
red

Big Rapids, MI

#15 May 6, 2008
Lucy44 wrote:
Don't even get me STARTED on Yoplait, I used to work there, and the things I could tell you....uggggh!
oh this could be good...let us hear!!!...lol

“Greg Brady and me!!”

Since: Jul 07

Nunya!

#16 May 7, 2008
red wrote:
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oh this could be good...let us hear!!!...lol
Let's just say, I used to work there, and I would not even take home the free case of yogurt that we were allowed to take home each week.

Quality Control let a LOT of crap out the door, just to keep the production numbers up.

I have seen people spit in garbage cans, pick cups of yogurt off the floor (a teamleader no less) and put it back on the conveyor. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Not even going to talk about the one that lost her finger working there!
xreedcityman

Holland, MI

#17 May 14, 2008
concerned wrote:
having grown up and graduated in reed city. I wonder what has happened to this once quiet small community. I remember the 1980 boys b-ball team and how the town supported them. it inspired me and alot of my class mates to try harder and the community supported all of us too win or loose.their were jobs and kids had fun without trouble(most of the time). now you come through town and you see empty buidings and speed traps. I seldom come through down town and if I do at night on my way home from work you can count on a police car trailing you . so as a rule i avoid town and spend my money elsewhere like everyone else. maybe thats why shortstop, little engines, larrys hardware,iga,plumbs I could go on forever are out of business. people are tried of the speed limits changeing . any way It is sad to see a once great family communtiy changed to town of no jobs,dollar stores and low income housing.will it ever be a place people want to raise their kids again or just stay a retirement closet with no hope of future gain
Yea..I know what you mean, I graduated from reed in the mid eighties,sure has changed! all of the businesses and the towns revenue were doing fine, now when i drive through its like driving through a ghost town! dont know how you people in reed city survive? pompeeis is still the bomb though!! gotta love it!! inexpensive good food, I hear tubelite is working on a big deal that could land around 500 jobs! man does reed city need it! gonna be some happy people! anyhow do enjoy coming back home on weekends to visit the old town, kinda feels good. Peace
REED CITY ALWAYS SUCKED

United States

#18 Nov 21, 2008
Reed City has always sucked, we just didn't know it. The internet has opened things up so that we can discuss problems, so that the problems are known. Back in those 1980's that you talk about, you had a basketball coach who pimped his players out to get high school girls, and if you didn't smoke dope with him at his house, then you didn't get to play. If today's laws were in effect back then, Jerry Ernst would be doing life in prison. Teacher's changed grades for sex; they smoked dope; they used their positions to influence grades; school elections; class ranks; athletics; etc. You name it, they did it. We just never knew, until class reunions years later, when their kids bragged about it. Dan Grein on the basketball team (his dad was the Sheriff and he had all of the skills of his nickname: Rhino/Greino). That says it all. If Dan wasn't put on the basketball team, his dad was going to arrest Coach Ernst. Guess what happened?
lost

Hudsonville, MI

#19 Dec 12, 2008
Hello wrote:
How about obeying the laws.....don't give em a reason to have to stop you and do their job...easy solution- obey the laws and speed limit which equals to a safer community and all is well.
Oh please, corrupt cops that have no problem violating civil rights, through their own lack of restraint or that of supervisors, do not limet their injustice to those braking laws. the term discretion is not understood in small town police states.
curious

Big Rapids, MI

#20 Dec 12, 2008
I agree. RC has become a joke. I graduated from there and really wanted my kids to. NOT ANYMORE. That place is J-O-K-E and needs to be cleaned up; big time.

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