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Since: Aug 08

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#2 May 29, 2012
Exploitation is the right word to use. I resent the statement that the "vast" majority of the inhabitants are drug addicts. My ancestors settled Oceana, I was born here and returned after I retired. I have a lot of family here including some children still in school. I don't know ANYONE in Oceana who is a drug addict or dealer. I'm sure they're here but they are no where near the majority. I think these people are going to need those security guards if they come to Oceana with the expressed purpose of trashing it as the drug capital of the country.....mainly because the name morphs into Oxyana easily.
Citizen

Pineville, WV

#3 May 29, 2012
Here is my take, not that it matters a whole lot, but here goes anyway.

Who does this young man think he is? Does he know the people of this community at all. And I agree with Lesson Learned, it is not the majority. I hope no one gives this young man the financial backing he is asking for. Drugs are in all communities, big and small, and maybe he should be concentrating on his.
Opinion

Charleston, WV

#4 May 29, 2012
I think with 5 people missing and 3 of them turning up dead (one of them possibly a murder), he's going to need more than 2 bodyguards.
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Resident

Pineville, WV

#6 May 29, 2012
Visit his facebook page and the first thing you see is a photo of old broken down homes on a dirt road - which is NOT in Oceana. Pretty much tells you the spin on this he is going to take. Are there drugs in Oceana? Yes. But aren't there drugs in every city and town in America? Drugs are such a problem they can't even keep them out of the prison system with armed guards present. We don't need some wannabe from New York coming here and making us (the people of Oceana and Wyoming County) looking like a bunch of hicks afraid to leave our homes because of a hoard of drug zombies wondering the streets. Why doesn't he save his money and go to New York city, it MUCH worse then Oceana.
andy

Pineville, WV

#7 May 29, 2012
I could be wrong, but maybe if this guy did come here and do a story it may bring national attention to our missing people. Then it would put pressure on the cops to do more...Anyway if this guy spends any time here in Oceana he will see there are alot more good people than bad. But who knows?
Opinion

Charleston, WV

#8 May 29, 2012
andy wrote:
I could be wrong, but maybe if this guy did come here and do a story it may bring national attention to our missing people. Then it would put pressure on the cops to do more...Anyway if this guy spends any time here in Oceana he will see there are alot more good people than bad. But who knows?
Watch the Wild and Wonderful Whites of WV and then tell me if you think it will point out the good people. I don't think so. I think he'll make us look very bad.
bystander

Verner, WV

#9 May 29, 2012
He can't even make a video of him talking, how is he gonna make a documentary video about a town?? Every time I've tried to watch it, it's just a bunch of colors all messed up, you can only see his face one time!! What ever he's trying to do, he's not very good at it!
Stunned

Charleston, WV

#10 May 30, 2012
Perhaps some of you are in denile, of just how many had died from the abuse of pills!!! Take the time and look up the death tolls.......

from the 80s until now. There are many great families who do live there....must they suffer because of the ignorance of others who turns thier eyes away from the pill problem there? Must another person or family be robbed, killed etc, because someone needs that pill? Look at the murders.....Oceana
Hasnt been a safe place for years now.I could remeber at one time you could sleep with your doors unlocked....How many would do that now????
How many more need to die ? be robbed? There is a problem there.... and something needs to be done about it. My heart goes out to all the wonderful sweet people who live there. But to make a change, you have to stand up and fight to get that sweet lil ol town back the way it was. You replied he called in oxyana.... No it's spray painted in a couple of places.... advertised....is that what you want outsiders to think of you all? Im ashamed of the way that town is at this moment. I loved that place more then anything. At one time it was my home. Would i fight for you? would i stand by you to make that change...indeed i would. But you and others have to start with yourself ,in order to make that difference! Bring back the pride of oceana. The town were great history lies,some of the greatest sweets people, families and churches.
Do you have the back bone ? or will you sit back and let someone else make a difference in your home town?

Since: Apr 12

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#11 May 30, 2012
A video will NOT make it better. Nor will it make anyone care. Everyone is well aware of the problems. It's impossible not to be. I grew up in Wyoming County and have family there. I went back for 8 months in 2008 and worked in Oceana right on Main Street. A coal miner came in off the night shift for our first appointment of the day. He was there a few hours. His big truck was parked on Main Street right in front of our dental office. Someone STOLE his truck while he was in there!!! Between 8:30am-10:30am..right on Main Street...on a sunny day!!!! Ridiculous! I don't know how to fight the drug problem. There's a HUGE problem, or rather problemS, within the police at all levels. You can't exactly claim vigilante justice.
The thing is Oceana, WV is BY FAR not the worst city in the US for drugs!! It's not even the worst in the STATE. Why pick out this 1 city to bash? I've been in much worse cities, small and large, drug-wise. As far as in state, Oak Hill and Fayetteville were 2 of the worst and that was in the mid-90s!!! It's MUCH worse now. NOWHERE is immune. I live in a smallish city in NC now and my next door neighbor was stabbed repeatedly just on the other side of our townhouse wall recently. I do NOT live in a bad area of town. It's EVERYWHERE. I've seen it in even in places like small cities outside of Portland, Oregon!!! Just as bad as Oceana. WHY pick out Oceana?
OCB

AOL

#12 May 30, 2012
I may be partial but it seems to me that the percentage of people in Oceana that are addicted to drugs is outrageous to say the least. I would say that if a study was done comparing the number of addicts and overdose deaths to other places outside of WV, people would be amazed. Something needs to happen to change this. Of course I have no idea what that would be. Why people mess with pain killers to begin with, knowing what they will do to you, stumps me. I am not sure that attention to this problem by those who wish to exploit it will help, but I am willing to bet that doing nothing at all isn't going to help either.

Since: Apr 12

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#13 May 30, 2012
OCB wrote:
I may be partial but it seems to me that the percentage of people in Oceana that are addicted to drugs is outrageous to say the least. I would say that if a study was done comparing the number of addicts and overdose deaths to other places outside of WV, people would be amazed. Something needs to happen to change this. Of course I have no idea what that would be. Why people mess with pain killers to begin with, knowing what they will do to you, stumps me. I am not sure that attention to this problem by those who wish to exploit it will help, but I am willing to bet that doing nothing at all isn't going to help either.
Oh, I agree about something needs to be done. It'd be nice if rehab wasn't outrageously expensive to where only the elite can afford it. It'd be nice if the police did their jobs better and/or weren't understaffed. It'd be nice if our jails and prisons weren't so overcrowded and understaffed that more people that really deserve it could get put behind bars without bail until a trial. As long as there are people to bail them out, what's the use of putting them in jail? It doesn't help. And they could care less if they have a police record. Some of these people legitimately want off drugs, but are stuck in a vicious cycle and it's impossible to do on your own once you get to a certain point. As long as the ones that go to prison keep coming back home to the same friends and family that are on drugs, they will continue to mostly fail and relapse. I don't know the answers. Then, one of the saddest things, people LEGITIMATELY in serious pain that would NOT abuse their medications cannot get it because of all the junkies that lie. I find that to be the cruelest of all. Can you imagine being in serious pain and denied the medication to help? Even cancer patients are being denied them! That's another reason people in chronic pain with legitimate illnesses have to leave the state and move to get proper treatment and any kind of quality of life. All because of junkies. I don't even understand HOW the addicts get their prescriptions when even people that really do need it can't. It's ridiculous!

However, I don't think a documentary stigmatizing one section of WV is going to matter. People all over the US view us as nothing, basically. They will ignore it. It might be different if WV wasn't already SOO stigmatized.
Anonymous

Pineville, WV

#14 May 30, 2012
Why doesn't someone collect $50,000 to rehabilitate the wayward citizens instead of using them as representatives of the town? The Wild and Wonderful Whites of WV was embarrassing for that area and didn't bring about any reform that I know of. Do you think it will shame addicts into living better lives? One reason that young people are lured into a drug life is the lack of activities and projects for teenagers in this area.$50,000 could make a remarkable change in this town - or it could produce a film about the sad shape of things that would be our legacy.
oldman

Pineville, WV

#15 May 30, 2012
Opinion wrote:
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Watch the Wild and Wonderful Whites of WV and then tell me if you think it will point out the good people. I don't think so. I think he'll make us look very bad.
nobody wants to watch boring entertainment. they want dirt, filth, garbage, drama, death, murder and all the other junk that make a show worth watching thats why people remember the wild and wonderful whites and shows like that. so yes he will probably focus on the dark side of oceana for entertainment value but maybe the good will outshine the dark and people will see oceana for what it realy is. and also stir up some action to help make oceana a better town than it is now...

Since: Apr 12

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#16 May 30, 2012
awesomestevemonkey wrote:
Why doesn't someone collect $50,000 to rehabilitate the wayward citizens instead of using them as representatives of the town? The Wild and Wonderful Whites of WV was embarrassing for that area and didn't bring about any reform that I know of. Do you think it will shame addicts into living better lives? One reason that young people are lured into a drug life is the lack of activities and projects for teenagers in this area.$50,000 could make a remarkable change in this town - or it could produce a film about the sad shape of things that would be our legacy.
Now, that's the start of a REALLY good idea. I totally agree with you.:)

Wow, how did I miss the Wild & Wonderful Whites? I'm going to have to look that up. I don't really want to, but it's good to stay educated on what the rest of the world is seeing. Then, you're better prepared to combat the negative image that people have of ALL WV. Sigh.
Scam

Rocky Mount, NC

#17 May 30, 2012
Did you all see what he is asking for? Anywhere from $10-$10,00...I agree...why dont those who "care" enough to give him money instead take all of that money, even if it's $1, and put it towards rehabs or some other type of help. Its crazy and questionable that he wants this type of help. He is only trying to make us WVirgians look as bad as he did in the other films. He has a lot of nerve if you ask me.

Since: Aug 08

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#18 May 30, 2012
You can bet that he won't be filming any of the good side of the town....he wants a sensational film and normal people wouldn't fit that agenda.

Since: Apr 12

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#19 May 30, 2012
oldman wrote:
<quoted text>nobody wants to watch boring entertainment. they want dirt, filth, garbage, drama, death, murder and all the other junk that make a show worth watching thats why people remember the wild and wonderful whites and shows like that. so yes he will probably focus on the dark side of oceana for entertainment value but maybe the good will outshine the dark and people will see oceana for what it realy is. and also stir up some action to help make oceana a better town than it is now...
Also, will he be catching these people on film? I kind of doubt it. If typical, he'll mostly pick really stereotypical WV 'hillbillies' to interview. He'll pick maybe 2 legitimate people that are like most of us: normal. He'll make it look like a broke down town where nobody in their right mind will ever want to visit. Then, forever, people will call it 'Oxyana'. Forever, regardless if it some day rebounds away from drugs. That's really sad.
Nancy Grace

Hillsboro, WV

#20 May 30, 2012
Well U ppl tell me where is the goodside of town,Matt S. family,Spunk,The Harveys,The Hatfields that killed 2 of the counties ppl who they thought were going to rat them out,the killer of the Missing.I can sit here and name ppl off all day if u want, yes there r some great ppl in Oceana but the only ones in denial is the drug dealers and addicts cause they dont want any attention brought to the town.I say make the movie and let the outside world ppl see what a once peaceful town has become.Wyoming County is dying and that all there is too it.The coalmines are not will never be what they were.Westside has less ppl than Oceana or Baileysville had in it in the 70s.So the ones of you who want to keep the Black Secret hush hush about Oxyana just keep on hushing cause all you are doing is make ppl from the outside wonder what you are hiding.
Anonymous

Pineville, WV

#21 May 30, 2012
You can watch the Wild and Wonderful Whites on Netflix - it was produced by Johnny Knoxville from the Jackass movies. I don't know those people, but it takes place only one county away. There was footage of people doing drugs inside of a hospital right after a child was born - and of their reaction when they put that child in state custody. I wonder how that little kid will feel about the film when she grows up. Exploitation is like an onion - you can peel it and peel it but in the end all that is left are the tears.
Anonymous

Ardsley, NY

#22 May 30, 2012
awesomestevemonkey wrote:
You can watch the Wild and Wonderful Whites on Netflix - it was produced by Johnny Knoxville from the Jackass movies. I don't know those people, but it takes place only one county away. There was footage of people doing drugs inside of a hospital right after a child was born - and of their reaction when they put that child in state custody. I wonder how that little kid will feel about the film when she grows up. Exploitation is like an onion - you can peel it and peel it but in the end all that is left are the tears.
That is really sad if you would think about it from that point of view, about the child when it's older and watching its own mother doing drugs right there as soon as she was born and CPS being involved, what a embarrassment for that poor child! So so sad.

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