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9/27/2012 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: If you're busted for meth, you're going to be in the newspaper

Let's make it very clear to everyone in Blythe who wants to deal in methamphetamine; if law enforcement arrests you and sends us a press release and picture about your charges, that information is going to appear in the paper and on the pvvt.com website.

While this may sound small-townish to some, most Times readers don't want to live in a community with unpredictable tweakers who think their need to get high trumps the rights of those who want a more peaceful, stable community.

Waves of burglaries and thefts have rocked our town these past few years, many of them attributable to methamphetamine activity. Drug houses have sprouted in just about every one of our neighborhoods bringing down the value of adjacent homes, increasing traffic flow in residential neighborhoods, contaminating "cook" houses and endangering public health and safety.

If someone wants to live life with rotting teeth and skin covered with bloody scabs, that's his or her business and the Times is not going to tell anyone how to live their life. But when their actions harm the quality of life of others in the community, the Times will do its part to put an end to it, and if that means running a suspect's mug shot at the top of page one, that's a burden we're willing to bear.

While we understand that news coverage may affect family members, including children who must face their insensitive peers in school, the responsibility for those effected does not lie with the Times or the law enforcement agency that made the arrest. It remains the responsibility of the individual who chose to engage in behavior that led to the arrest.

Often people have called the Times a Podunk newspaper for making such a big deal over such small-time crimes. In the grand scheme of things, a methamphetamine arrest in Blythe may not be a crime that will make the pages of any other newspaper in America, but that doesn't matter to us.

We hope that posting the names and pictures of folks accused of abusing this dangerous drug will force them either to disavow their habit or leave for a town that is more tolerant of their choice and where their picture won't make the paper.

Either choice will benefit those of us who don't want to subject ourselves and our children to these deadly lifestyles.

If the choice to quit or leave doesn't appeal to our local meth populace, they need to accept the possibility of a future appearance on the front page of the Times.

The position expressed is that of the Palo Verde Valley Times.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: Hate a drunk man

How about all the lazy (deleted) pot heads?

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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: Mel SoCal

i agree with the paper.. if being on the front-page for meth charges is unappealing, then stop or leave..

my whole family lives there, i'm lad they can recognize these druggies and avoid them.

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

To the person going as @EL PICA. If I knew. I would not be writing here. Like everyone else. Maybe someone will be arrested and, and they will not take the fall for the big guys. The Agency has to be out of town or federal and not have family here in town. The way things are now and you know that they are going to get worst. Crime will go up and we have agencies that care not for joe public or for jane doe. Keep safe people.

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: judy vanamburg

i was born and raised in blythe and for the life of me i can not figure out why there is such a big drug problem there blythe is not la or phoenix it is a small and i mean small town why cant your law inforcement get a grip on this really i miss blythe with all my heart but with the problems you have there i am glad i am not there now

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012
Article comment by: @El Pica

Okay. "I give up" is the answer. I fully understand what you are saying. However, until we get someone here who has the "where-with-alls" to call it, our only choice is to write stuff here, with parts deleted? What a life! I've seen lots of movies where towns come together and run the mayor, the sheriff, etc. out of town. You mean those aren't real life?

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: PVVT vs FACEBOOK

Too funny.. I dont know whats more ridiculous now a days: our local newspaper or facebook!

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: BLYHTE IS FULL OF IT.... DIRTY


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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: WAKE UP

Come on people! The point of this story is to advocate not being arrested so you stay off the front page of PVVT. Nothing else! Why are you people turning this around on the cops and PVVT? Wake up you ignorant people. PVVT, great story and I agree with your message. Drugs is the enemy here not the cops or PVVT. I am so ashamed to of you people that are too ignorant to realize the message. Unbelievable!!!! PVVT and local cops, please keep doing what you are doing. Drugs kill and hurt people. You wanna use or sell drugs? Leave our town!!!

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: @Jason, Part 2

And while you are at it, there are other people, I would imagine, who could also "blow the whistle" on the "Chicago style" (Poor Chicago) politics at the city council, the hospital, school board, etc. I believe we do have decent people here in Blythe, but the mob culture just keeps rolling along, as we are all effectively intimidated or are on the payroll. Not hopeless, though it may sound that way. We just need to have a few good people who will stand up to those people, take it to the citizenry directly, and act on it.

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ The person using @jason W. Let me ask you. If you saw something illegal being done by an Law Enforcement Agency. Who would you report it too. I the past it has been reported. The people that have reported these infractions in the past have been harassed and so have their family members. Once you file a report you put a target on your back and on your families. Most honest officers know what is happening here but they turn a blind eye. What was it you said? By your silence you are just as Bad. It's up to the officers in these agencies to purge themselves of all of the bad apples, The question is, why don't they do this? Well who can they go too? Who can they trust? Just the same as us. If one calls anonymously they will treat it a prank call and put no credence to it.

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: @Jason W.

Everybod seems to "know" all this stuff is going on, and yet I would bet you do absolutely NOTHING yourselves to bring these serious accusations to anything more than the gossip level! How can anything be done if the citizens are not willing to put their money where their mouth is! Naturally, you can't tell the police, and, if they are as bad as you say, then you, by your silence are just as bad. You ought to find somebody that you can trust, possibly at the county level, and give them specific details, name names, etc. This town will never be cleaned up if we don't stick our necks out, and get some real information to people who can, and will, do something. I must confess, that is the hard part, but silence is what these people depend on.

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Article comment by: Peace Be still

Very well put:)!!

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Article comment by: Jason Woertink

I agree with Sal 100%. While PVTimes never hesitates to plaster "low lives" across their front page, stories of interest that involve local law enforcements own dirty behavior and that of their families never sees the light of day. How many readers like myself personally know of Blythes finest having sex with high school girls, doing and sometimes dealing drugs, covering up for their buddies and even escorting so called "hot chicks" home from the bars when they are clearly driving drunk when other less fortunate or not so pretty girls would be hauled in to jail and then *surprise* end up on the front page of our very own PVTimes? This paper is a joke and though the "dirty" cops are a minority in our community (most are honest and honorable), there still exist those bad apples that will continue to degrade the reputation of the entire local force (sheriff, PD, CHP) until those in charge take control of their officers. I wonder how much of this comment will be edited or redacted by PVT.

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Article comment by: Sal Ozugo

While I share the same views on drugs in general, I am moved by how self-incriminating you are with your small-town ignorance. This editoral was never the less unnecessary and just reinforces how mindless your passion is. Although I see the point your trying to get out, lawfully, I think your views on handling these situations is prehistoric and obsolete. Keep in mind the complicatons that can come with criminal cases and think before you act, Palo Verde Valley Times. It would also seem that you contribute to shielding Blythe Police Department's dirty little secrets by announcing their selective work. Let's see how much of this post you delete and manipulate.

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Article comment by: Good Job PVVT!

Good Job PVVT! KEEP THE (users) OUT everyone is tired of it all they do is destroy The Community! Great job Power to the Pen PVVT!!

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