Sunday, April 6, 2014

Salvation Army has had its day

TWO ENTRIES ON SUNDAY... READ ABOUT SALVATION  ARMY BELOW...

FIRST ENTRY: TIMES LEADER criticizes WB City council for continually adding rules to stifle speesch. Bill Barrett is the Council chair.
SEE:   http://timesleader.com/news/ouropinion/1293623/OUR-OPINION-Diamonds--Coal    Or just read below.



The Times Leader gives coal (thumbs down) Coal to Wilkes-Barre City Council. Its members recently adopted new rules regarding public input at council meetings, requiring would-be speakers to register before the start of the 6 p.m. sessions. 

The new policy becomes effective with Thursday’s meeting. The move seems aimed at limiting residents’ feedback rather than encouraging participation from more people in this working-class city, some of whom might be hard-pressed to leave their jobs and get to City Hall before the meeting gets underway. 

A representative with the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association said the new mandate “sounds unnecessarily restrictive.” To us, it sounds like someone’s trying to make meetings more convenient, and perhaps less contentious, for the few, at the expense of democracy for the many.  



SECOND ENTRY: The Salvation Army was started with good intentions in its day but in reality is horrible for Wilkes-Barre. 



Do you know who populates the Salvation Army? The most severe drug addicts on the east coast. North Jersey and Philly sends them here so they aren't near their "homies" or their gangs. They are bused in. First stop (as I am told by an LCB employee) in town? The liquor store. Nice.

They are placed right in between Wilkes and King's. Double nice.

They are basically indentured servants.They work for nothing. Their program is pitiful based on drug rehab standards and the fact that mental illnesses are not addressed at all. Folks with these issues are sure to relapse. 100 %.

Few make it a whole year. When they get kicked out where do they go? HERE! Another addict looking for a fix. 

You want to know where the heroin demand is? That's a good place to start. Dealers only deal if there is a demand. The demand ALWAYS comes before the supply.

How do I know about this? Because I used to go to Mount Zion Baptist Church and some of the Salvation Army "prisoners" would sometimes attend that church. I let two people stay with me for free (at different times) because they had nowhere to go. I knew them a little bit... but I took a chance. It worked out fortunately. But I learned of the "ins and outs" of the organization from them.

It is time we see the reality of the organization. They are not wholesome nor are they a benefit... even though they are good at marketing themselves. It is supposedly a Christian organization but many of their "indentured servants" are Muslim.


When all is said and done... you are paying a lot 
more than 2 dollars for your pair of sneakers.

It is a rehab model that's had its day. They need to be far out in the country so when a resident gets kicked out they don't infiltrate the community like they do here. As you may recall... a ninety year old lady was murdered above Abe's hot dogs by a Salvation Army escapee in 2005. SEE HERE

The papers publish Salvation Army events like they are 
5th grade bake sales. The papers need to smarten up. 

THE SALVATION ARMY IS NOT "CUTE."

I am certainly not against helping the down and out drug user. But locate them where they won't wreak damage if/when they relapse.


The Times Leader gives coal (thumbs down) Coal to Wilkes-Barre City Council. Its members recently adopted new rules regarding public input at council meetings, requiring would-be speakers to register before the start of the 6 p.m. sessions. The new policy becomes effective with Thursday’s meeting. The move seems aimed at limiting residents’ feedback rather than encouraging participation from more people in this working-class city, some of whom might be hard-pressed to leave their jobs and get to City Hall before the meeting gets underway. A representative with the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association said the new mandate “sounds unnecessarily restrictive.” To us, it sounds like someone’s trying to make meetings more convenient, and perhaps less contentious, for the few, at the expense of democracy for the many.