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Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Arnold's mayor and council put out a call for the citizenry to attend the July 8 public meeting. This meeting was organized to show the citizens where our city is and where it is headed.

Right now, we are at the edge of the abyss.

I was so disappointed at the lack of response by this community. I don't always agree with what the mayor and council are doing, but at least my husband and I showed up. There are 5,200 Arnold residents and only 37 showed. Most were firemen and their wives, council members and their wives and about 10 other residents.

Maybe if you get the VND, you read the report on the meeting. But reading the article is not showing support for your city. I know we're all “busy,” but sometimes there is a choice to make, and most residents made the wrong choice.

When we don't have the services we need — police, code enforcement, a city clerk, firefighters — we'll only have ourselves to blame. When we have to call New Kensington or Lower Burrell for services, don't blame the city. When your landlord isn't following codes or ordinances, blame yourself.

I don't care whether you make $50,000 a year or live in Section 8 housing, this is our home.

Where is the pride and respect for our city? It takes everyone to make a community, but this lack of support shows we are not a community.

If anyone takes offense at this letter, good. That shows I did the right thing in making people think.

Melissa Charlton




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