A disgraceful and despicable act of cowardly vandalism took place in our community this weekend. Community Activist and Citizens For Pottstown’s Revitalization leader Katy Jackson’s home was vandalized as a neighbor allegedly watched and did absolutely nothing. A giant S was spray-painted on her door for starters but the damage did not stop there.
This type of retaliatory violence cannot be tolerated! Our police department and borough council should be outraged. No expense should be spared until those responsible are brought to justice. No citizen in this community should be allowed to be intimidated for speaking up at Borough Council meetings about the serious problems facing Pottstown i.e. slumlords and drug dealers for starters.
If Pottstown is to be revitalized, ALL 22,859 people who call this town home are accountable and responsible to do their part to make this a reality. Otherwise, we might as well bomb it, plow it under, plant corn and call it a day. If ALL the citizens of this community can not feel safe or be protected properly then we have a serious problem. Regardless of what neighborhood someone lives in, they are paying taxes for police protection. If that means authorizing additional patrols and resources being deployed in certain areas of Pottstown, then so be it. I am not bashing our police department as I feel they normally do an excellent job but if they need more manpower etc… find a way to get it!
HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT TO ATTRACT MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS AND EMPLOYERS TO POTTSTOWN IF THIS CRAP IS ALLOWED TO HAPPEN????? We already have a bad reputation and this just reinforces all the junk that is floating around out there like this being “little Philadelphia”.
All the forward momentum that is being made is for nothing if people are afraid to live and work here! It is all about people’s perceptions and do not think for one moment that is not the case.