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Helen

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Feb 22, 2011
 

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First let me say, I do not live in Anstead, but I do drive through from Parkersburg, every so often to visit my children in the area. I have read so many negative things about this town, from its police force, to the Mayor(who was put into office by those living in Anstead).So why do some insist on saying negative things about them? I find this a neat, clean,quite charming, and the people are very nice, and compared to other cities not a bad place to live. And this is why the citizens stay. Yes you get your bad cops same as you get bad shop keepers, bankers, that doesn't make them all bad.I respect them for doing a job I couldn't do. It's not fair or realistic these days that we make such high demands on the police. An officers day is always different, they never know who their going to come across or if their going to make it home.They don't make the laws they simply enforce them. They are the first responders to the worst sites anyone would want to see. Wether it's a domestic violence call, drunks, drugs, or scraping the body of a child off the road, then having to tell the parents. Their undermanned, and short on resources, their the first to call when we need help, and last to get respect. We need to respect each other, something that is rare in today's society. Mr Mayor and Anstead Police department my hats off to you guys keep up the good work. Citizens of Anstead be proud of your town ,it is rather a lovely town.
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Feb 22, 2011
 

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yeah u cant tell u dont live there and never have i grew up there and the things these people say are true and thats why i left trust u know nothing of this towns everyday thing i personally had a gun pressed to my head for sitting in a car talking on a cell phone by bud childes and "L.A." and thats the tip of the iceberg of dealing with the police in ansted and i dont have a record i have never been arrested im a person that has never had a problem with drugs or the police
Richard McVey

Beckley, WV

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Feb 22, 2011
 
Helen wrote:
First let me say, I do not live in Anstead, but I do drive through from Parkersburg, every so often to visit my children in the area. I have read so many negative things about this town, from its police force, to the Mayor(who was put into office by those living in Anstead).So why do some insist on saying negative things about them? I find this a neat, clean,quite charming, and the people are very nice, and compared to other cities not a bad place to live. And this is why the citizens stay. Yes you get your bad cops same as you get bad shop keepers, bankers, that doesn't make them all bad.I respect them for doing a job I couldn't do. It's not fair or realistic these days that we make such high demands on the police. An officers day is always different, they never know who their going to come across or if their going to make it home.They don't make the laws they simply enforce them. They are the first responders to the worst sites anyone would want to see. Wether it's a domestic violence call, drunks, drugs, or scraping the body of a child off the road, then having to tell the parents. Their undermanned, and short on resources, their the first to call when we need help, and last to get respect. We need to respect each other, something that is rare in today's society. Mr Mayor and Anstead Police department my hats off to you guys keep up the good work. Citizens of Anstead be proud of your town ,it is rather a lovely town.
Lady,you have no idea as to what you are talking about. If a cop here ENFORCED or even knew the laws in Ansted,this town would definitely be a nice place. That's why I will be glad to see the BOY SCOUTS come to Fayette Co. They can teach our local police force how to read and enforce such things.

As for the mayor,he does not know his job other than to let the town go to hell and waste money on things that will never help this town move forward. And will not correct problems to update infrastructure. His idea of road repairs is keep spreading gravel,let the rain wash it away and spread more gravel.
Helen

Parkersburg, WV

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Feb 23, 2011
 

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I think we have all had occasion to meet someone with the attitude, if you say something they correct you, argue, scold or say something rude. What makes a person like this? They need to control and have power, when proven wrong, they still think their right. It seems their always looking for a fight.I'm quite sure they also have problems getting along with family members, neighbors and co-workers, and have probably been a bully all their life. It is probably lack of self esteem that keeps some fearful of how they look to others, so they pretend to look smarter, something they need to prove(one of those perfect people). Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't.People who think they know everything actually know very little.Inventing fantasy arguments. Then comes the problem with Authority, they become the Mayor, Police Chief, Lawyer, Prosecutor, even a town worker, telling these people how to do their jobs, even though these people are doing the jobs they were hired or elected for. There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with people. You treat them the way you want to be treated. Mayor Hobbs keep up the good work, Police Department, good work, city workers, great job ,Spring almost here.
Craig McVey

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Feb 23, 2011
 
'Helen'- I grew up in Ansted, lived there for about 15 years or so, and my family still lives there. Here is the honest perspective from someone that grew up in Ansted and then went far beyond the limits of West Virginia.

Ansted is a nice town and I'm sure it appears a lot nicer to those passing by on US Route 60 since they do not see the deteriorated side streets and the internal workings of the town itself. Passers-by also do not see the amount of drugs that pass through the town on a regular basis. Those people also do not see the effects that the drugs have had on people. The police force in Ansted has always performed an inadequate job in terms of anything else other than enforcing the speed limit - some are worse than others but generally speaking the only enforcement the local police force is interested in is speed control.

It is depressing to look back at what the town used to be and comparing it to what it is today. The town could be turned around but it would take work, it would take involvement from the police force, residents, etc. Unfortunately most people in the town have given up since they have little to no support. Almost everyone knows where the drugs are, who is doing them and who has them but yet nothing is done.

The town of Ansted has been deteriorating for the past 20-30 years and I hope one day it is turned around. The last beneficial work that I remember actually been performed was when Doc Hawver was involved. Everything else since that time has essentially been a bandaid. The side streets are in horrible shape and the towns answer is to use gravel instead. Trust me when I say this is not an adequate answer - you do not put gravel on asphalt...it's like trying to mix oil and water it just doesn't work.

In terms of the current mayor - I have seen little to nothing from him. He is more interested in furthering his political career than taking care of the town he is mayor of. My career involves construction and engineering and as part of that I have spoken with mayors of small to large cities (50,000 to 500,000) via email and/or phone about several issues both major and minor...the point is I cannot even get a response from the current mayor of Ansted. Funny thing is I have connections, the knowledge and am in a position where I could help Ansted but considering his lack of response what is the point.

The point of all this is the residents of Ansted really do have a better understanding of the town than you do. I haven't lived in Ansted in over 15 years and still have a better understanding of the town because I have the added knowledge of seeing the town over the past 30 years.

The first step in getting the town back per se is to rid the town of all the drugs and drug dealers. The town also needs basic infrastructure improvements - roadways and ditches primarily. In addition, the town must encourage small business and general businesses to locate in the town. The town will never be a city but the residents don't want that...but the town can be tremendously better than it is.
Richard McVey

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Feb 23, 2011
 
There is no need to express the truth to this woman,she cannot nor will she ever understand. I am not like the mayor,cops or any of these clowns that pretend to be "all knowing" but I am one of those who definitely know what I am talking about and research the information I need to speak intelligently about whatever subject I speak about.

Say what you want. I know how things are and the mayor cannot answer anything you ask him about helping the future of this town. Rather than giving you and honest answer,he will tell you there is no such thing that "he" knows of. A more honest response from an intelligent person would most likely be;I don't know but I will check it out an get back to you with an answer.

How the town workers put up with "slave labor" is beyond me. NOBODY has gotten a raise or bonus for pretty much as long as he has been in office but he sure makes out on certain things.

Probably the best place for you to stay would be in Parkersburg because you don't even know how to spell the name of this town you say you are so extremely proud of. It must be nice to be an authority on a community when you supposedly live so far away. I'll bet you are another of those "world travelers" who left ANSTED and never got past DC or Ohio and now can tell everybody about all the great things of the world.

What I Think

Charleston, WV

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Feb 23, 2011
 
Ansted would be a great town if all the pill popping pill snorting alcoholics would moved away drugs and the dealers are what has ruined this town
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Feb 23, 2011
 
I grew up here and this town has changed alot block parties are nice but really there is nothing for the young people to do That is y there are so maney drugs and under age babies being born I think this town needs a youth center or after school clubs like 4h or FFA or even fbla something to get them on the right track
Richard McVey

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Feb 23, 2011
 
As to the above 2 comments,both are quite truthful. We need a police force that will purse the drug problem and we need a mayor and council that will consider the town and the people who live here and not give up everything to a hope and prayer for tourism. THAT is long gone and ancient history. A used up railroad track turned into a trail to the river IS NOT any kind of attraction. The wasted money on the present mayors office and so called museum could have been put in the buildings owned by the town without any major cost to the town and the residents. We,the residents,have no say or options to express our opinions.
Helen

Parkersburg, WV

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Feb 23, 2011
 
Craig, first I must apologize for misspelling Ansted.I lived in Fayette County for over twenty years. I moved to Parkersburg to take care of my aging parents. I still own a home and pay taxes in Fayette county. And I do understand what your saying. Drugs are bad in all cities, you can't pick up a newspaper anymore without reading about drugs. Their killing our children, breaking families apart,last week a Marshal was shot and killed in Randolph County trying to deliver a warrant. There's drugs in every corner of society, W.Va. is not squeaky clean anymore. All criminals don't go to jail, and this encourages them to contiue what they did, and perhaps go a few steps further. And don't forget about our over crowded prison system. It's the same here in Parkersburg, Walmart comes to town mom and pop stores pack up and leave. Unemployment is higher than it has ever been, factories closing,home forclosures. Now Mr. McVey, you could learn from your son.No I'm not a world traveler, you need to quit complaining, if things are as corrupt as you say, run for Mayor in the next election.Tirades against me reveal just how unhappy that you are with life. And that's your problem not mine. You have no power over me and I will not sink to your level, that's what you want, your anger not mine. Proverbs 20.3 "It is an honor of a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling."Remember anything in life can improve into something better.
Richard McVey

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Feb 23, 2011
 
People like you make my day and you still have no idea as to what you are talking about. Now,if you
don't like my comments, quit reading. Upsetting people like you and others make me extremely happy. Just stating facts is something you probably can't understand. Call it what you will. Another thing,who in the hell would want to control your sorry ass? Reasoning surely won't work.

Quoting the Bible doesn't work. We have more churches in Ansted and within a 5 mile radius that everybody who claimed to be a christian actually was anything near what they claimed,there would a change in how things were done in town.

20 years in Fayette Co. Am I to be impressed? I have been back in Ansted some years longer than that and I have made it a point to go to council meetings when possible. Townspeople are never notified of meetings or agenda so how do you think anything will change? Facts are facts. No more,no less. Take it how you like.
Helen

Parkersburg, WV

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Feb 24, 2011
 
Quit running your mouth and change it. Here's qualifications you will need to run for Mayor: 1 Get a copy of your town's charter, which will outline the requirements for getting your name on the ballot. You need a petition that may require a specific number of signatures collected in a specific time frame. 2.Consider a write in campaign,finance a campaign by petioning community memebers and organizations for donations or use your own money,(but follow local regulations about campaign contributions),get a group of supporters to help you with your campaign, it's hard to win alone.3.Contact local newspapers and media outlets to see if they will do an interview with you. 4. Stay focused on a positive campaign without rumormongering about your opponent. Good luck! Facts are facts. No more, no less. Take it how you like.
Richard McVey

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Feb 24, 2011
 
Helen wrote:
Quit running your mouth and change it. Here's qualifications you will need to run for Mayor: 1 Get a copy of your town's charter, which will outline the requirements for getting your name on the ballot. You need a petition that may require a specific number of signatures collected in a specific time frame. 2.Consider a write in campaign,finance a campaign by petioning community memebers and organizations for donations or use your own money,(but follow local regulations about campaign contributions),get a group of supporters to help you with your campaign, it's hard to win alone.3.Contact local newspapers and media outlets to see if they will do an interview with you. 4. Stay focused on a positive campaign without rumormongering about your opponent. Good luck! Facts are facts. No more, no less. Take it how you like.
What rumors? When you don't live here, just why are you so interested? I certainly don't need any advice or guidance from you to know how to do things or to get anything done. Now there are a lot of people will tell you,and you will agree,I may not seem very intelligent, but ask the same people how many times I have proved them wrong? I enjoy being underestimated. That way when you get your ass in a bind it too late for you.
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Feb 28, 2011
 
You tell them dad lol
Richard McVey

Huntington, WV

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Feb 28, 2011
 
You know Helen,I think you would fit right in here in Ansted. You take quotes from other replies and use like it was your own so I am sure you could be a puppet for the mayor because he wants everybody to agree with him. Actually,I doubt if he or his followers has had an original thought in years.
Helen

Parkersburg, WV

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Feb 28, 2011
 
Won't you be my neighbor!
Helen

Parkersburg, WV

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Feb 28, 2011
 
Kind of reminds me of that song by the Supremes-"Where did our love go."
NELSON

Summersville, WV

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Feb 28, 2011
 
someone that "drives by" Ansted is truly blind to the problems that currently plagues the city. The same thing could be said for us if we were trying to talk about Parkersburg. I live just outside of Ansted and grew up in its schools. Granted at a young age, you are just about as blind to everything as your average passer-by but watching how the city has changed in the past 15 years the only thing i can say is how disgusted I am with it. Praising the mayor and the non existent police force is about as smart as thanking a jelly bean for creating the universe before you eat it. they just sit there, holding their spots till someone moves them. So the question is who's going to do the pushing? Mcvey, you are very knowledgable and i for one am with you on the status of the town. I'm tired off the corruption, the pill slinging, the meth and cocaine (some of you guys really have no idea how bad it is here), and the inactivity. They aren't trying to make ansted into a retirement town, they are trying to kill it entirely. they just want their money at the end of the day and do not care about the means in which they obtain it.
Craig McVey

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Feb 28, 2011
 
Helen - I think it is time for you to become a resident of Ansted! You could take over for Hobbs - neither of you is interested in the town or what its residents are interested in!

I could be a better mayor than Hobbs and still live over 6 hours away. I would still only return to Ansted a few times a year and could still make the town run better!

All I can say is you really must be in the dark when it comes to Ansted. You should really pay attention to what others write on here! Nelson is absolutely correct when he said you don't know the amount of drugs running through Ansted, you don't know the lack of police involvement, you don't know what the mayor is doing to the town.

You have really irritated the h$ll out of me by your lack of knowledge about Ansted. Quit trying to sugar coat what Ansted has become, quit trying to give glory to those idiots in charge of Ansted, quit trying to give kudos to those that are supposed to uphold the law in Ansted, quit being argumentative just because you want to and last but not least quit being a dumb ass b!tch that supports Hobbs!
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Feb 28, 2011
 
yes if there was something for theses teenages to do they wouldnt be getting knock up or on drugs so yes tha mayor needs to put something hear for tha kids to do like a city pool or a game room or even try to open the skateing ring back up or something

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