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#1 Mar 1, 2008
Wow i cant tell you how tired i am about all the negativity that is displayed on here about our town...It is really sad.. I hear all the griping about the town, the bpd ,the mayor ,the people, the shopping, downtown....How many of you actually try and make a difference instead of moaning all the time. Change requires action....hello that means getting off your hiney , quit whining and get involved! Ive traveled lots of places and all small towns have the same problems that we do ...the difference is people take action! Rome wasnt built in a day but it took effort! You gripers are so blessed! Take a look around! Do you have a roof over your head ? Food in your belly? Whats your complaint again? There are tons of volunteer programs , get involved! You have something to offer besides complaints? Then run for an office! Get involved instead of whining, slandering , gossiping,griping, complaining. I am so ashamed of those of you who say things like you do to the newcomers coming into our area! Wow do you have any pride in this town at all? Then move! You dont have to stay if you hate it so bad! If you would use all that wind and energy you might accomplish something good! Take a look around you some cities are being destroyed by all the mortgage crap but if you look in the real estate papers here some houses are selling! New buisnesses are coming in and if you read the paper more are looking to come here! So come on people take some pride in this place ...get up and take action, get involved! Then maybe you can get on this wesite and instead of gossiping offer a word of encouragment about the changes you see taking place!
lmmfao

Spring Hill, KS

#2 Mar 1, 2008
stfu..........there is nothing good here but family!
no blind folds here

United States

#3 Mar 1, 2008
I have lived in this town for about 15 years. This town has progressively went down. People here do try to make a difference only to be met with resistance. You can't get people here to do much of anything, so many have tried. The people that actually want to make a difference just give up and move on. It's really hard to be supportive of the leadership when many of them do not support you when you need them. Due to the crime, job loss, schools,and overall quality of life, I see more people moving away to Jonesboro, Manila, Dyersburg or Southeast Missouri. Many people work here and just live else where, but who could blame them. It is nice to be able to go to work and find your property where you left it and not find it stolen by one of many career criminals in Blytheville. Anyone that has ever traveled or lived any where else will tell you that there are many cities better than this one!
guest

United States

#4 Mar 1, 2008
no doubt there are many cities better than this one, but many worse as well, why don't we abandoned every city and all just move to the best city in the country and all just live together there where everything will be just peachy.
guest

United States

#5 Mar 1, 2008
Most people would be embarrassed to complain about the community as much as you read on these posts cause at the end of the day if you live here you are just as responsible, that's why most people would be embarrassed to complain. And if you don't live here why care.

“Blue Devil bangin'”

Since: Dec 07

Blytheville

#6 Mar 1, 2008
Dont take the criticism so personally. Most of the people who complain are just frustrated with the lack of change around here. There is nothing to do except go to church (if youre a bible thumper), fight, have sex, and do drugs. Its just beyond old. People truly love this town, as messed up as it is, even the people who complain are just bored and bitter. Whats so crazy is people complaining about it and yet they do nothing to improve the quality of life here.
guest

United States

#7 Mar 1, 2008
not taking it personally and you said it if you aren't trying to make it better then you are the problem you are complaining about, the old saying about pointing a finger at someone and there are three more pointing back at yourself.
Old Fart

United States

#8 Mar 1, 2008
no blind folds here wrote:
I have lived in this town for about 15 years. This town has progressively went down. People here do try to make a difference only to be met with resistance. You can't get people here to do much of anything, so many have tried. The people that actually want to make a difference just give up and move on. It's really hard to be supportive of the leadership when many of them do not support you when you need them. Due to the crime, job loss, schools,and overall quality of life, I see more people moving away to Jonesboro, Manila, Dyersburg or Southeast Missouri. Many people work here and just live else where, but who could blame them. It is nice to be able to go to work and find your property where you left it and not find it stolen by one of many career criminals in Blytheville. Anyone that has ever traveled or lived any where else will tell you that there are many cities better than this one!
You are so wrong on so many points. I have been hear 43 years longer than you have. We have more jobs than we have ever had, the violent crime rate has been declining for several years, our children have more educational opportunities and recreation options than any generation before them. There are nicer cities and there are also nicer states than Arkansas...I have been to 42 of them, but Blytheville, Arkansas is my home. I agree that people have moved out, but that is mainly white parents who are afraid for their kids to attend school with black kids. It is hard to overcome fear and ignorance.
Yeawhathesaid

United States

#9 Mar 1, 2008
Bravo, Bravo old fart, you are soooo right.
well hell yes

Montgomery, AL

#10 Mar 1, 2008
Old Fart wrote:
<quoted text>
You are so wrong on so many points. I have been hear 43 years longer than you have. We have more jobs than we have ever had, the violent crime rate has been declining for several years, our children have more educational opportunities and recreation options than any generation before them. There are nicer cities and there are also nicer states than Arkansas...I have been to 42 of them, but Blytheville, Arkansas is my home. I agree that people have moved out, but that is mainly white parents who are afraid for their kids to attend school with black kids. It is hard to overcome fear and ignorance.
Things are a lot different than they were 58 yrs ago.

Since: Jan 08

Mexia, TX

#11 Mar 1, 2008
well folks things are looking up for Blytheville...dont believe me well just check out the new Fireman!!!lol
FROMAFAR

Little Rock, AR

#12 Mar 2, 2008
I've been here almost 60 years and, yes, there have been MANY positive changes, MANY educational opportunities, BUT... I'm not blind either, and now , I am seeing a decline that, frankly alarms me. Your city can't continue to grow in any area, if the only jobs coming to this area are low paying jobs - flipping burgers at Burger King or filling food orders at Zaxby's. Nothing wrong with those jobs if you're a kid out of school with no family to support or a retiree just needing to supplement SS payments - but you can't raise a family on those jobs. It's too frustrating, and when folks get frustrated, they start gripping and start looking for "other" things that drag them down - like drug involvment, selling themselves for money - you get the picture! So yes, Blytheville is a great place to live if you can support your family -
Maybe we all need to be writing these complaints and comments and / or suggestions to our city officials - hey here's an idea - maybe we should pick a date and on that date send letters, lots of them, to the city officials about how we won't to continue to be proud of our city and it's accomplishments - so bring in good paying jobs so folks, white , black, or whatever, won't have to move out looking for a better chance. It's not a race thing you know - it's a people thing. WE ALL WANT BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR FAMILIES. If it doesn't change , and soon, you won't recognize Blytheville in 10 years, and I don't mean for the better.
no blind folds here

United States

#13 Mar 2, 2008
Well if we have more jobs here than we ever have, why do so many of them cater to men? I guess men are the only ones in this town that have to make a living. Do you really expect single women with kids to be able to make a living on the wages some of these jobs pay? True enough violent crime may have went down but now the criminals just break into your home because they know nothing will be done about it. I can tell you I don't blame any parent white or black that moves from this district. Recently my son was in class, an individual started a fight with him, she scratched him, he got suspended right along with the other one and all he was trying to do was defend himself. The people that moved were trying to keep their kids safe and have them educated at the same time. Blytheville district has a very disruptive group of kids in the district. This is the case because there is no training provided at home. What are recreation options when parents work, can't provide transportation or money for their kids. You locals need to take the rose colored glasses off and see what a lot of us see everyday!
Lift-off

United States

#14 Mar 2, 2008
Yes, it's a "people thing" - the ones appearing on Channel 2 Monday - Thursday, the ones not working because they can't pass a drug test, those MULTIPLYING theirs AND OUR deficits by popping out kids they can't afford. Welcome to the good ol' USA - land of the free (LUNCH).
Jacksht

United States

#15 Mar 2, 2008
It is not the city or any other government bodies, responsiblity to find or provide it's citizens with jobs. (anybody want to discuss that one) That's up to them the citizens. The city tries to lure companies sure but at the end of the day it's up to each individual to start their own companies, learn a skill, be a good employee (drug free) etc. The city fails because of crappy citizens. Nice town, Mean town, Dirty town, Clean town. Soley up to the citizens. Elections, Taxes, are you an assett to the community or an expense. Sending letters about a problem that is already apparent but not giving anyone the resources to fix it is just plain childish. You want to tear down old burned out houses and stuff, vote in a full cent tax just for that bet you get it done real quick. Give a solution or just shut up. Nobody accomplishes anything by pointing out the obvious
Jacksht

United States

#16 Mar 2, 2008
no blind folds here wrote:
Well if we have more jobs here than we ever have, why do so many of them cater to men? I guess men are the only ones in this town that have to make a living. Do you really expect single women with kids to be able to make a living on the wages some of these jobs pay? True enough violent crime may have went down but now the criminals just break into your home because they know nothing will be done about it. I can tell you I don't blame any parent white or black that moves from this district. Recently my son was in class, an individual started a fight with him, she scratched him, he got suspended right along with the other one and all he was trying to do was defend himself. The people that moved were trying to keep their kids safe and have them educated at the same time. Blytheville district has a very disruptive group of kids in the district. This is the case because there is no training provided at home. What are recreation options when parents work, can't provide transportation or money for their kids. You locals need to take the rose colored glasses off and see what a lot of us see everyday!
Are you suggesting that the city shouldn't provide public parks because some citizens don't have a car. Or maybe tax dollars should be spent to hire every household a "nanny". Please put your rose colored glasses back on you'll look less of an idiot.

“It is what it is”

Since: Oct 07

Blytheville

#17 Mar 2, 2008
There is a group of investors that are trying to clean up Blytheville. They are buying these old houses and fixing them up and selling them. But what I have learned is that no one wants to sell the property. Granted they aren't offering much, but it is better than paying taxes (or not paying taxes!) on property that is withering away and making Blytheville look worse.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#18 Mar 2, 2008
Comatose wrote:
Dont take the criticism so personally. Most of the people who complain are just frustrated with the lack of change around here.
Frustrated is putting it mildly. Everyone wants to have a better town, but there's only so much you can do as a citizen. We have voted time and time again to raise taxes, hoping to see an improvement, but we aren't seeing much of anything. Now THAT'S frustrating!
Lift-off

Lindale, TX

#19 Mar 2, 2008
And Blytheville is What wrote:
There is a group of investors that are trying to clean up Blytheville. They are buying these old houses and fixing them up and selling them.
Fine and dandy for houses what can be salvaged into livable condition. Wonder if they are then going to turn around and price themselves out of the market? What we really need is work done on a lot of houses that have people living in them who can't afford or are able to do upkeep/repairs. The EOC's rehab program isn't covering it, anyway you look at it.
HOW long have some of the burn-outs been sitting there? Want a solution? Chain + truck + shovel. And NO MORE TAXES! We're pushing 10% PLUS state income tax.
just wondering

Houston, TX

#21 Mar 3, 2008
And Blytheville is What wrote:
There is a group of investors that are trying to clean up Blytheville. They are buying these old houses and fixing them up and selling them. But what I have learned is that no one wants to sell the property. Granted they aren't offering much, but it is better than paying taxes (or not paying taxes!) on property that is withering away and making Blytheville look worse.
Where in the getto?

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