Richard Ramirez

Winchester, VA

#1 Jan 15, 2008
OK....I got it going. Let's Roll!!!!!!!!!
Phaedrus

Winchester, VA

#2 Jan 15, 2008
Well First off, some dumb asses (with good intentions) set up a "shelter" in the old Harris Teeter shopping Center called the "Enter City" Shelter. Ok ignorant asses. You get points for helping people but negative points for making Chase City seem like a banjo playing backwater Community by calling it the "Enter City" center. It's INNER CITY you uneducated jackasses!!!! JESUS F&^ING CHRIST HOW STUPID ARE YOU PEOPLE. DID YOU EVEN GET A 3rd GRADE DIPLOMA. STUPID "ENTER" BRED IDIOTS....It's a god damned embarrassment to see that sign when you are coming in to town. Maybe you could help the growing crack head population off the streets and get a real jo.....Well I was gonna say a Job but Duke Reid and Ricky Reese and the Town Council have done a stellar job of running off any potential businesses. And by the way, Mazel tov to you Richie Richards with your "Just Say no to Ethanol" sign out in front of your business. You are god damned right that you have a right to speak your mind but I also have a right to call you a hypocrite for professing your love for Chase City while killing off a chance to see it grow.
roy d mercer

United States

#3 Jan 15, 2008
wow
Phaedrus

Winchester, VA

#4 Jan 15, 2008
I don't want to get off on a Rant here but the more I think about the situation in CC the more it pisses me off. Back in the 70's and 80's there were several stores to buy clothes. There was a theater and a Drive in theater. There was a store in every store front on main street. There were jobs and you didn't have to drive 30-80 miles a day to make a living. Now I'm not about to blame the loss of manufacturing on the CC leaders. But I know first hand (I had this conversation with the then mayor) that the time was right to entice higher scale operations, educational institutions, IT jobs into the area. At that time there could have been tax incentives, free land, innovative information tech training centers, hell I even suggested going out and trying to entice breweries and soda plants to locate here. From what I remember Hwy 47 was widened and improved to give truck traffic an easy safe access from I-85 to CC and back. Had we had forward thinkers and a real Town Manager then maybe things could have been better. Now we have a lot of transplants that love CC just the way it is. They will be dead in the next 10-20 years and the drug epidemic, the jobless rate, and crime will continue to rise. It make me really sad that a town I grew up in is a former shell of itself. It won't affect me as much as others as I work in a large town 100 miles from here and I telecommute 2-3 days a week. But as soon as my son graduates we are leaving for good and you guys can keep Ricky Reese in office and keep re-electing transplants that like the "quiet" life. And the tax base will continue to dwindle and one day you'll wake up and the water line to your house will have burst and you'll be waiting for days to get it fixed and all the while your kids and their kids will continue to leave in droves. I'm not saying that the Ethanol plant will solve all of CC's problems but it sure doesn't help to cause such a stink when someone/anyone is willing to invest in a dying community.

Since: Aug 07

Chase City, Va

#5 Jan 16, 2008
Wow. While I don't agree with a couple of your statements I'm damn sure agreeable about most of what you said. All over town you can see the roads being dug up to repair water/sewer problems. There's talk of cutting back trash pickup to once per week because of cash problems. Part time town-workers hve been laid off. All this has to mean a dwindling base which of course will lead to tax increases. Why? No industry, that's why. Why no industry? Becaue some folks "like it the way it is". Well, I don't. Change, we need change. We need industry. Weneed that ethanol plant firstly, then welcome other industry that will, hopefully, follow.
Phaedrus

Winchester, VA

#6 Jan 16, 2008
Well I should take a moment to apologize to the "Enter City" group. You should never post after a few shots of Vodka. But that sign still gets me!!!!

Anyhoo, I do stand behind everything else I wrote about the leadership of CC over the past 20 years and the current "retired" residents liking it the way it is. Truth time old timers...You'll be dead in 20 years and CC will be a Crack Town with Reefer Tumbleweeds rolling across 5th and Main. Seriously. WE NEED JOB NOW!
old timer

United States

#7 Jan 19, 2008
well, it seems that this is quite the site to visit. it seems to me, that all everyone is doing about what they "don't like" is nothing but running off at the mouth. imagine this...doing someting about it! imagine getting involved in the community, supporting positive matters. imagine shopping in CC, not wallie world. imagine taking our streets back, instead of going home and hiding behind the locked doors. imagine communicating with your community instead of bashing it. CC can be a respectable place again. we have let this town get where it is by doing NOTHING about changing it. gossiping about each other doesnt make a rats ass difference. and dont blame the law officals about the drugs either. we all played a part, somehow, in letting this get to this point. we have to start change with change.
Cindy S

United States

#8 Jan 20, 2008
Being a transplant, noobie to the area, I really enjoy reading your comments on the area. While I would hate to see the area lose it's friendly rural aura, it would be nice to see the revival of some of the towns here and to be able to shop without driving an hour to the city or find a job.
I have a blog called Southside Living at southsidelivng.blogspot.com and I am looking for some guest writers. If you know anyone who would be interested the email address is on the blog. Give me a shout. Ummm, you do have to keep it family friendly so no article after vodka shots.:)
moses

United States

#9 Jan 20, 2008
this town is to far gone....just let it go.
Noobie

United States

#10 Jan 25, 2008
I myself am a "noobie," my grandfather grew up here in CC and I just moved here. I just stumbled upon this site and you all are saying pretty much the same thing that I've been thinking and saying. I remember as a teenager, coming to CC, spending the summers and it was totally different than what it is now. I've spoken to a few people who are against the Ethanol plant and I really don't understand why they don't understand why the plant is needed or why they don't see that CC is dying.

I had a conversation with an CC police officer a few weeks ago. I was complaining to him about people trespassing through my property and he tells me that the reason is because there is a crack house behind my house. I couldn't believe that the police was telling me that there was a crack house and he said very "matter of fact" like, as if it was a regular thing in this town and I shouldn't make a big deal about.

Although I am new to this town, I'd like to help. Question is... where do I start???

Since: Aug 07

Chase City, Va

#11 Jan 25, 2008
Well noobie, welcome to the neighborhood. You must be close to Berry St., like me. I've been in Chase City all my life and have watched it slowly going downhill for the last 25 years. Once the factories shut down it just got sad. I must say however that the town is cleaner now than it has been in several years. When, and I say when with great optimism, the ethanol plant locates here I hope other industry will follow. The addition of the industrial waterline will greatly increase the chances of attracting other industry. It's a start. It all has to begin with jobs and indusrty. The tax base will begin to grow, jobs = revenue = growth. If we get enough revenue flowing back to Chase City we may even get a 24 hour police dept. back. Maybe a crackhouse or could could be shut. All these crackhouses are a direct result of our economic position.
If you are interested in helping to bring about change you just did. Lots of eyes see this blog, believe me. Visit www.ccprogress.com We are a fairly new civic organization seeking to bring about changes in Chase City. We originally formed as a pro-ethanol group but our main objective is the same as yours.
To you and to Cindy S. welcome to Chase City.

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