If you’ve been reading the local papers lately before heading to work, or like some of the subjects in the stories, after getting up at noon to check the mail for their welfare checks, you’d have to ask yourself, what’s happening to the Wyoming Valley?
There was another deadly shooting recently, but at least it led to the discovery of a methamphetamine operation in Salem Township. Thank God for silver linings.
There was a vigil held a week ago for a killer – a nice, young man, who helped raise his 19 brothers and sisters. Just like you, I thought that had to be a typo, that the man who killed a woman in a Hanover Twp. housing development really only had nine siblings, not 19. But his sister-in-law, Alicia Crich, whose husband is Muadhadin Sharif, wanted to tell the other side of the story about her brother-in-law, whose name was James Cooper. Obviously, those 19 kids were not the offspring of one set of parents.
The Times Leader devoted a lot of valuable newsprint to this vigil story – for some odd reason. Ms. Crich told the paper that Cooper was diagnosed with a tumor on his brain, was schizophrenic and depressed and had a metal plate in his skull. The brother said Cooper was a little reckless and a little wild. He said a man can take only so much, especially when it comes to his children, explaining why he gunned down his ex’s friend before shooting himself. His ex, who had been awarded custody, was hiding in the closet.
Unfortunately, the article provided no information on whether this walking time bomb was receiving treatment.
Who are these people? Do they work? Or is society simply willing to give them an unconditional free ride, enabling them to never get off the gravy train?
Many people suspect that the downtrodden and drug dealers migrate here because it’s a piece of cake getting subsidized housing and other benefits.
Not too long ago, The Times Leader reported that drug pushers come here, impregnate their girlfriends and then use their public housing as stash houses.
WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?
We’re not done.
Also last week, the paper reported that Wilkes-Barre police found a car that may have been involved in three robberies.
Even city Councilwoman Kathy Kane said she’s nervous walking downtown, which was quite an admission. Do you think she got a scolding from Mayor Leighton?
So what do we do? It’s pretty obvious.
Stop making it so easy for people whose ambition goes no further than sponging off those who do work. Do better background checks on those who apply for subsidized housing. Make them earn a roof over their heads like the rest of us who go to work each day do.
And, for crying out loud, find a way to stop the proliferation of drugs in this area.
And for the record, I’m with you Kathy. On the few occasions I have to be downtown, I’m ususally looking over my shoulder.