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Where's the pride, Arnold?

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Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The city of Arnold's motto is “A Proud City of Proud People.” Really?

If they are so proud, then why would people let their properties get so out of control?

Why are our alleys so congested with debris, grapevines, weeds, shrubs and plain old junk? You can't even drive down some of our alleys without getting your car scratched or hitting debris.

Where, proud people, is that pride?

Your house and the area behind it are your responsibility to keep properly maintained. I'm not seeing it in these alleys, especially Equator, Vine and Proctor.

Would it hurt any of the homeowners — or their renters — to take ownership in these properties and clean them up? My answer is no. I work hard to keep my property clean, free of debris and unobstructed from bushes, vines and junk. It is called curb appeal.

I worry about our police officers who may have to chase after a suspect down one of those alleys. A suspect could hide in the massive jungle in some of those places and the officer could get jumped or worse.

Police Chief Willie Weber and his officers do a good job. I would hate to see any of them get hurt because of all this junk.

So, residents of Arnold, don't you think it's time to clean up your messes? Let's once again make Arnold a “City of Proud People.”

Melissa Charlton


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