dear mayor of osceola...

dear mayor of osceola...

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citizen

Blytheville, AR

#1 Oct 28, 2012
a couple basketball courts, and weights is not exactly gonna pull the kids to go to the community center...wheres the pool? the community center should have more options....and while we are at it, they should fix up florida park too, fix the tennis court up, add a bball court, a track around the park for walkers, tear down moldy old health hazard west elem and build more toys for the kids, one of those big wood castle things, equipment thats not all rusted up, better/more picnic areas, FIX the pool, etc etc...i mean, give the people of the city somewhere safe and nice to go with their kids/family get togethers/reunions/bday parties...if anybody wants to run for mayor all they gotta do is promote that and DO it, and they will no doubt be elected into office! the people have been saying this forever! give us something to do! make us happy! arent mayors supposed to do something for the people as well as the city instead of themselves? maybe if the city had better recreational places, the population of osceola would go back up....people leave osceola due to light bills, and boredom!! beautify/improve osceola!!
Helper

Blytheville, AR

#2 Oct 28, 2012
I agree!!!and if all the abandon houses were torn down the crime will go down.and Osceola would look a lot better.but it will never happen.everyone has to work together.this day and age it just not going to happen.same with Blytheville.
play

Blytheville, AR

#3 Oct 28, 2012
yea lets put new stuff atthe park so the thugs can ruin it ike they always do.
pop pop

Benton, AR

#4 Oct 28, 2012
citizen wrote:
a couple basketball courts, and weights is not exactly gonna pull the kids to go to the community center...wheres the pool? the community center should have more options....and while we are at it, they should fix up florida park too, fix the tennis court up, add a bball court, a track around the park for walkers, tear down moldy old health hazard west elem and build more toys for the kids, one of those big wood castle things, equipment thats not all rusted up, better/more picnic areas, FIX the pool, etc etc...i mean, give the people of the city somewhere safe and nice to go with their kids/family get togethers/reunions/bday parties...if anybody wants to run for mayor all they gotta do is promote that and DO it, and they will no doubt be elected into office! the people have been saying this forever! give us something to do! make us happy! arent mayors supposed to do something for the people as well as the city instead of themselves? maybe if the city had better recreational places, the population of osceola would go back up....people leave osceola due to light bills, and boredom!! beautify/improve osceola!!
frist you have to count ever vote and make sure the died dont vote and ill run and ill help fix the city up so it can grow but you have to do youre part count the votes ans died people dont vote lower light bill no problem the seviece used by osc well be 5 percent tax
to help pay for the thing that will help the city i dont need money but i would like to get payed an 50.000 job curt mayor make what ??????????
Guest

Manila, AR

#5 Oct 29, 2012
The only way the population will increase is if the rent and electric costs go down. They are killing the town with all the price gouging. And, the only way the city could "fix the place up" or "beautify" as you call it, would in turn double, if not triple our already grossly outrageous light bills. Thus, driving off even more people.
realit

Blytheville, AR

#6 Oct 30, 2012
i agree guest theres not a ouseon mockinbird worth 550$ a month but some landlords charge that.
The Truth

Cleveland, OH

#7 Oct 30, 2012
The truth is old dickie and his buddys has suck the that town dry, and still trying to suck it until its a ghost town. You People there see whats going on but you rather jump in your pick up trucks and be blinded. How in the hell can your lights be more then ur rent or 45% of ur income but you people dont say anything.I just dont under stand it Blame yourselfs for letting it happen. When you do wrong, wrong follows. Until u do something about it just shut up and pay that 1,000 dollar light bill, this goes for everybody blacks and whites especially the blackes,,,,you guys let them people do what ever to you. Leave that Shi%$ hole come up north and live like queens and kings because you really are.
Guest

Manila, AR

#8 Oct 31, 2012
realit wrote:
i agree guest theres not a ouseon mockinbird worth 550$ a month but some landlords charge that.
Yes, I agree. The house I am currently living in is in now way worth the $600 rent. But any three bedroom in an at least decent part of town starts at $500, and that's for something crappy. It's ridiculous.
realit

Blytheville, AR

#9 Oct 31, 2012
The Truth wrote:
The truth is old dickie and his buddys has suck the that town dry, and still trying to suck it until its a ghost town. You People there see whats going on but you rather jump in your pick up trucks and be blinded. How in the hell can your lights be more then ur rent or 45% of ur income but you people dont say anything.I just dont under stand it Blame yourselfs for letting it happen. When you do wrong, wrong follows. Until u do something about it just shut up and pay that 1,000 dollar light bill, this goes for everybody blacks and whites especially the blackes,,,,you guys let them people do what ever to you. Leave that Shi%$ hole come up north and live like queens and kings because you really are.
the truth needs to change names the reason why they charge high rent cause all the lazys who live off the gov.these landlords know how much hud will pay so they charge that amount.ya gotta work to live like a queen or king.
Guest

Manila, AR

#10 Oct 31, 2012
realit wrote:
<quoted text>the truth needs to change names the reason why they charge high rent cause all the lazys who live off the gov.these landlords know how much hud will pay so they charge that amount.ya gotta work to live like a queen or king.
I am not on HUD, and my rent is $600. For what should be $450 at most.
bob

Blytheville, AR

#11 Nov 1, 2012
Guest wrote:
The only way the population will increase is if the rent and electric costs go down. They are killing the town with all the price gouging. And, the only way the city could "fix the place up" or "beautify" as you call it, would in turn double, if not triple our already grossly outrageous light bills. Thus, driving off even more people.
I paid my utility bill a couple of days ago, on the due date I might add, and my check to Osceola Power & Light was for $186. Now I do have a smaller home, only 2300 Square feet, and there are only 4 of us living in the home, but I didn't think that was very bad. My largest utility bill this summer was just over $370 if I remember correctly, but that was when we had 18-20 days of 100 degree temps, again I didn't have a problem with the amount of the bill, it was what I used and I prefer to be comfortable so I paid for it.
And no, I don't work for the city, and I'm not a pal of anyone on the city council, I work every day, as does my spouse, and we don't ask for or receive any special treatment from the city or anyone else. What we do is we maintain our home, and we maintain our heating and air system. Our home is well sealed and insulated, our heating and cooling equipment is serviced at least twice each year, and our ducts are without leaks. We spend a considerable time each year working on our home, and it pays when we receive our utility bills each month.
Guest

Manila, AR

#12 Nov 1, 2012
bob wrote:
<quoted text>I paid my utility bill a couple of days ago, on the due date I might add, and my check to Osceola Power & Light was for $186. Now I do have a smaller home, only 2300 Square feet, and there are only 4 of us living in the home, but I didn't think that was very bad. My largest utility bill this summer was just over $370 if I remember correctly, but that was when we had 18-20 days of 100 degree temps, again I didn't have a problem with the amount of the bill, it was what I used and I prefer to be comfortable so I paid for it.
And no, I don't work for the city, and I'm not a pal of anyone on the city council, I work every day, as does my spouse, and we don't ask for or receive any special treatment from the city or anyone else. What we do is we maintain our home, and we maintain our heating and air system. Our home is well sealed and insulated, our heating and cooling equipment is serviced at least twice each year, and our ducts are without leaks. We spend a considerable time each year working on our home, and it pays when we receive our utility bills each month.
That's great! Good for you! But what you fail to realize is that not everyone is a home owner. Even if they are, who says they have money to dish out like that? Are you living under a rock and unaware of just how bad off people are money wise nowadays. A lot of people are renters as well. Myself included. I rent for a reason, I can not afford to purchase a house, or greatly maintain it like you do yours. I relay on my landlord, whom is not easy to get a hold of, to fix big problems. The little things like securing ducts? That's laughable. Landlords in this town are equal to slumlords. And yes, I am a city employee and have no choice but to live in city limits. I also do not request any special treatment, nor do I receive any. But, again, finding a job in this economy is not an easy task. To find something equal too or greater than has been a years long process.
bob

Blytheville, AR

#13 Nov 1, 2012
Guest wrote:
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That's great! Good for you! But what you fail to realize is that not everyone is a home owner. Even if they are, who says they have money to dish out like that? Are you living under a rock and unaware of just how bad off people are money wise nowadays. A lot of people are renters as well. Myself included. I rent for a reason, I can not afford to purchase a house, or greatly maintain it like you do yours. I relay on my landlord, whom is not easy to get a hold of, to fix big problems. The little things like securing ducts? That's laughable. Landlords in this town are equal to slumlords. And yes, I am a city employee and have no choice but to live in city limits. I also do not request any special treatment, nor do I receive any. But, again, finding a job in this economy is not an easy task. To find something equal too or greater than has been a years long process.
Money to dish out like what? I spend less than $300 to have my HVAC equipment cleaned and serviced each year,and it saves me tons of money going by what other say they pay. It pays me to service the equipment! A handful of sheet metal screws, a bucket of mastic and some metallic tape along with an hour of work to make sure that my ducts are sealed? Yep all this really cost me a ton of money. Yes the landlord should take care of this stuff, but if they don't and it will save you thousands of dollars why would you not do it? Stop crying and whining and do something to help yourself! Geez, what happened to people actually attempting to better their situation?

Do you really think whining will make it better? No! it takes work! It's a nice day, grab some duct tape & seal up that ductwork in the attic, spend an hour working on this stuff and see if it doesn't help lower your energy bill by a few dollars.
Guest

Manila, AR

#14 Nov 1, 2012
bob wrote:
<quoted text>Money to dish out like what? I spend less than $300 to have my HVAC equipment cleaned and serviced each year,and it saves me tons of money going by what other say they pay. It pays me to service the equipment! A handful of sheet metal screws, a bucket of mastic and some metallic tape along with an hour of work to make sure that my ducts are sealed? Yep all this really cost me a ton of money. Yes the landlord should take care of this stuff, but if they don't and it will save you thousands of dollars why would you not do it? Stop crying and whining and do something to help yourself! Geez, what happened to people actually attempting to better their situation?

Do you really think whining will make it better? No! it takes work! It's a nice day, grab some duct tape & seal up that ductwork in the attic, spend an hour working on this stuff and see if it doesn't help lower your energy bill by a few dollars.
At no point in my post did I whine. I stated facts. Facts you can't comprehend because you lack a grasp on reality. I'm glad you're well off financially. Again, good for you. But the vast majority, especially in this town, live paycheck to paycheck and that barely cuts it. Even with a decent paying job.
bob

Blytheville, AR

#15 Nov 1, 2012
Guest wrote:
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At no point in my post did I whine. I stated facts. Facts you can't comprehend because you lack a grasp on reality. I'm glad you're well off financially. Again, good for you. But the vast majority, especially in this town, live paycheck to paycheck and that barely cuts it. Even with a decent paying job.
No the fact is that for less than $400 and an hour of my own work I apparently save at least twice that much on my utility bills each year.
Again, I go to work each day, as does my wife. We don't earn tons of money, but we have learned that you can spend a little money now and save a lot through the year. A fact that is apparently lost on you...
And yes it is whining. You want to moan & complain that your bill is to high, but you refuse to get off your butt and spend an hour doing a little light labor that would save you hundreds of dollars over a years time! The perfect definition of whining in my book!
So what your landlord won't do this work, bet that you showed him didn't you? Sit on your tail playing Xbox when you could do something to better your situation! Yep, you are showing them all...
THE TRUTH

Cleveland, OH

#16 Nov 1, 2012
realit wrote:
<quoted text>the truth needs to change names the reason why they charge high rent cause all the lazys who live off the gov.these landlords know how much hud will pay so they charge that amount.ya gotta work to live like a queen or king.
This person must be on dickies dick, u get it on dickies dick..LOL NO you trailer park a hole i own my home and a 6 suite apartment building.I bet your AS# live in a SHI% hole ! Get ur money right before you talk a REAL BLACK MAN. If you got balls leave your address with your comment
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#17 Nov 2, 2012
bob wrote:
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No the fact is that for less than $400 and an hour of my own work I apparently save at least twice that much on my utility bills each year.
Again, I go to work each day, as does my wife. We don't earn tons of money, but we have learned that you can spend a little money now and save a lot through the year. A fact that is apparently lost on you...
And yes it is whining. You want to moan & complain that your bill is to high, but you refuse to get off your butt and spend an hour doing a little light labor that would save you hundreds of dollars over a years time! The perfect definition of whining in my book!
So what your landlord won't do this work, bet that you showed him didn't you? Sit on your tail playing Xbox when you could do something to better your situation! Yep, you are showing them all...
to some people,$20 is hard to come by let alone $300-$400...and im talking about the people who do work, or the elderly, or even the TRULY disabled...granted a person can always do something to change their situation, prayer included, but for some it is harder than for others...for example, a single mother with no friends/relatives to help babysit <babysitters/daycare is outrageous> it would be harder for them to get a decent paying job or go to school than it would a single man...or maybe a woman left her abusive situation and is now struggling to stay on her feet, or someone dealing with cancer, etc etc...all im saying is don't be so quick to judge...you don't know what the other person may be going through....maybe they don't have the first clue how to do this kind of work on a house, or maybe they are physically unable to...since you know how to do it so well, have you offered your services to anyone in need? have you bothered to help out your fellow neighbor? maybe not just help them with it, but even teach them so that they can do it for themselves and teach others...if people spent half as much energy trying to be good neighbors to each other instead of trying to knock everybody else down, the world would be in a completely different situation right now...
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#18 Nov 2, 2012
Guest wrote:
The only way the population will increase is if the rent and electric costs go down. They are killing the town with all the price gouging. And, the only way the city could "fix the place up" or "beautify" as you call it, would in turn double, if not triple our already grossly outrageous light bills. Thus, driving off even more people.
no, if other cities can do it, so can we...we just have to solve the situation and find a solution...do a fundraiser, write for a grant, ask people of the city to come in and donate time, supplies or money. most of these big nice parks in other cities have had the community come together to make it happen....so why can't osceola come together?
these kids need a place where their parents can bring them and enjoy themselves...it may inspire some parents to be better parents...
bob

Blytheville, AR

#19 Nov 2, 2012
guest wrote:
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to some people,$20 is hard to come by let alone $300-$400...and im talking about the people who do work, or the elderly, or even the TRULY disabled...granted a person can always do something to change their situation, prayer included, but for some it is harder than for others...for example, a single mother with no friends/relatives to help babysit <babysitters/daycare is outrageous> it would be harder for them to get a decent paying job or go to school than it would a single man...or maybe a woman left her abusive situation and is now struggling to stay on her feet, or someone dealing with cancer, etc etc...all im saying is don't be so quick to judge...you don't know what the other person may be going through....maybe they don't have the first clue how to do this kind of work on a house, or maybe they are physically unable to...since you know how to do it so well, have you offered your services to anyone in need? have you bothered to help out your fellow neighbor? maybe not just help them with it, but even teach them so that they can do it for themselves and teach others...if people spent half as much energy trying to be good neighbors to each other instead of trying to knock everybody else down, the world would be in a completely different situation right now...
I have offered my services.
I have offered to fix ductwork, caulk windows, install weatherstrip on doors, and tons of other details for everyone, not just the elderly or disabled. While I used to pay for the materials out of my pocket I finally realized that I was spending thousands of dollars each year and none of the people were doing anything to help themselves.
I know that everyone can't afford to spend a lot of money to maintain a home, but changing a $3.00 air filter will make your HVAC equipment run more economically, a $4.00 roll of duct tape can seal holes in the ductwork and a $7.00 roll of plastic can seal up several leaky windows.
$14 to save $50 -$100 on your utility bill next month.
What is that 3 six packs?
2 packs of cigarettes?
10 minutes of airtime on a cellphone?
2 weeks of access to Xbox Live?

Don't whine that you can't afford to do minor repairs to save on your utility bills. Turn off your computer, take the money that you would spend on a month of internet service and work on your heating system, or your windows, who knows you may even have enough to help out your neighbor instead of bugging them by playing Xbox all night long...
bob

Blytheville, AR

#20 Nov 2, 2012
guest wrote:
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no, if other cities can do it, so can we...we just have to solve the situation and find a solution...do a fundraiser, write for a grant, ask people of the city to come in and donate time, supplies or money. most of these big nice parks in other cities have had the community come together to make it happen....so why can't osceola come together?
these kids need a place where their parents can bring them and enjoy themselves...it may inspire some parents to be better parents...
Exactly!
The heart of the matter is that many here will just sit at a computer and whine that everything is to tough for them. "I pay $600 a month rent for a house that isn't worth half that", guess what, unless YOU have totally wrecked your credit, you can buy a house, and pay less than what you rent for now!

There are programs out there to help you buy HUD, FHA, RDA there are low interest loans and nearly no interest loans. Most of these don't require a down payment or the down payment is low. It is all a matter of what you really want to do. If you really want to buy a home, you can. If all you want to do is sit and whine, well its obvious that you can do that...

The other areas that have pulled together to make a difference see that the result is worth the effort, and people are willing to get out and actually do some work to make change happen. There are some here who are working for change. We need more who are willing to put out some effort.

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