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3/12/2014 6:00:00 AM
COLUMN: It's up to you, and you, and you...
Bob Weete, columnist
Bob Weete, columnist

You know, I like Blythe. I never planned to live here, but I was passing by to visit some relatives on the way to Colorado, to look for a job teaching. My relatives worked in the school district, and they told me there was an opening for an English teacher at the high school.

I interviewed for the job, and I got it. Taught at the high school for 36 years. Got married here, bought a house here, had three children here, they graduated from PVHS, and have gone on with their lives.

I retired 14 years ago here, gone to church here, and all the other normal, every-day-stuff here.

But, I have not seen a single movie that was nominated for an Academy Award this year - again.

I have to go out of town to see a doctor; if I can fit it in, I sometimes get to see a movie.

The Press Enterprise won't deliver out here anymore, so basically, I have no clue as to what is happening around California or the U.S. Although I buy most of what I need here in Blythe, I find that since I am already out of town to see a doctor, I may as well stop by Walmart, Costco, and other stores to pick up a few items that I either can't get here in Blythe, or I can get cheaper in Palm Desert.

Yes, I could have bought my car here, but I can't get a Toyota Prius here. I wanted a Prius purely for the gas mileage I can get. And, since I have to drive to Palm Desert so often, I needed a car that was good on mileage.

There are probably a few people out there in much the same situation.

So, here's my proposal:  Without pointing any fingers at anybody else, why don't we, the people, do something about getting our movie theater up and running again? Let's work together and find out what it would take to get that theater running again. If it needs advertising, let's work with our Chamber of Commerce, and develop a workable plan to get some advertising or whatever it takes, to get someone to buy it.

Let's put our heads together (and stop banging them together) and see what creative ideas we can come up with to sell our town to the public. We have the Colorado River sitting there, just waiting for us to find some way we can use it to benefit our town. Yes, I know we pay taxes. No, I am not supportive of raising taxes; that is for sure.

Let's help our city council, our Chamber of Commerce to perform miracles, if we have to, but we are truly wasting our energy, our brains, our money, by expecting someone else to do our job for us.

You have seen the results of the recent call for Blythe citizens to help clean up our town. Five thousand TONS of junk! Wonderful start, but just a beginning, unless we don't really care.

Maybe the city and/or the Chamber could get a committee or committees set up with volunteers appointed to help brainstorm about certain aspects of the problem(s) with fairly specific tasks to work out, with a deadline for a report.

I must emphasize, though, that this should not become a "political" thing, and not let "power" or agendas or self-greed enter in. Been there and done that. Perhaps a committee could be selected by having people apply for a volunteer position identifying their particular interests and/or qualifications, and a couple of ideas.

As much as possible, I would think it must be composed of people of various backgrounds, races, social groups, and all that stuff. I do not personally support the "politically correct" thing, but the reality is we are a diverse community and it won't work if the committees are not representative. And, I would not exclude people who are homeless either.

I am adamantly opposed, personally, to trying to match up the content of committees based on the exact same ratio we have in the committee. That is a fight set-up for failure. We just can't get bogged down in minutiae. That is a self-killer.

People of different beliefs, different age groups, different talents, etc. have come together before and when acting with the same goal in mind, and without any personal agendas, they have proven that it can be done, and we all benefit.

It is said that, "Where there is a will, there is a way." Do we have the will to do it? Are we mature enough to let bygones be bygones, swallow our own pride and make a miracle happen? Can we let go of our own personal preferences, our own desires, and selfish pride, and let the light shine on this place we call home?

How about it? Let's grow up and use our God-given abilities to resurrect this place so others will come and see why we love Blythe. We all need something to do. And I'm not excluding those "knuckleheads", our kids!

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Again I do not know how much more, I can dumb it down. Blythe losing to outside businesses. So what can the businesses here in Blythe do, to keep that money from leaving town?

I have already stated why I shop outside of Blythe. I bet many more do it for the same reason. OK let's see if you were a business owner what would you do to keep more people here in town?

The thing is that these owners also shop outside of town for the same reason. So for Blythe to succeed all businesses have to work together, not just one or two.

Most of these people are saying shop local as they are leaving Blythe to shop and to have dinner and movie night.

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Article comment by: Court Jester

The prophets have spoken my friends. It would seem Mr. Pica in all his knowledge have doomed us to fail but I, would have to disagree. Blythe will survive! If prices are cheaper out of town, spend your savings on gas getting it home. Want to watch a movie? There are many avenues to do so. The brick and mortar theaters need a huge income on the snacks to pay for the movie. Lets focus on our streets for now.

Thank you for your time.

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I would guess, that if Mr. Blythe had been a real and under Obama care he would of had his feeding tubes removed and taken off life support.

A sad end to a city that once had great potential.

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014
Article comment by: @ El Pica BUYAS

@ El Pica BUYAS!
"Cynical & Gender Specific" is the accurate use of language to best describe your works in the Blythe Allegory. In full disclosure El Pica BUYAS it begs this question. In commingling the spirit of humor and the administration of the four life saving steps to the City of Blythe, (Restore the Breathing, Stop The Bleeding, Protect the Wound & Treat for Shock) once humor is lost, is the soul far behind? You speak of "wishy-washy people that want to fix Blythe". (Let me get this straight. Are you implying that there are people that want to fix Blythe really?) The prognostications in the court of public opinion appear to be terminal or at the very best dismal. You say the patient is brain dead, bleeding and has congestive heart failure. (I add to that and say that the demographics clearly indicate a steady decline in business opportunities and a substantial risk of capital to future business ventures.) The City of Blythe has lacked ambulatory will since time immemorial. What will historians place on the Blythe gravestone for future generations to read? "Too Little To Late" or maybe, "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" or perhaps, "More Money STAT." I'm just say'n..........
Richard Teskey
The Defender of Masculinity &
The American Way of Blythe Life.....

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So most of you wishy washy people want to fix Blythe? OK, lets say Blythe is a person. Mr Blythe is hurt and he is bleeding(money) So what many of you are doing is giving Mr. Blythe a blood transfusion (more money) Mr. Blythe will not recover with that transfusion (more money) Because you first have to stop the bleeding.(loss of money)

So to get Mr.Blythe on the road to recovery you have to first stop the bleeding.

If Blythe is a person then the blood line is the money of Blythe. The arteries are the people that carry the money.

Blythe businesses are the heart of this body, and without both you have no recovery.

Then we come to the brain or the consciousness of this body, City Hall. Sorry people Mr. Blythe is brain dead.

Now that is being Cynical.

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Article comment by: Tyler McMillin

I agree on you, Bob Weete, for emphasizing a strategy to help the town. We have to maintain an optimistic spirit that's higher than those cynical thoughts here.

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Article comment by: @ Bob Weete

You reap what you sow.

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

That store across the river that has been in business for 40 years. Why do you think it has lasted this long? Maybe the owners know that the people in that town can always go to another store and spend their money.

The owners cater to the needs of the people. Maybe the business owners here in Blythe should take a page from their play book.

Many people want others businesses here, but Blythe is not a friendly place. Also other businesses look at the local economy and the general make up of the local population. So to them it does not add up.

In the last 20 years how many businesses have come and gone? It's not the local yokels that have to change. It's the City and merchants and the people with money have to shop here, but before they do these local businesses have first change.

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: Bob Weete

This is getting ridiculouser and ridiculouser. The ONLY thing I was attempting to do is to "suggest" that Blythe get active in helping to solve the problem. Not providing people with an opportunity to show why we are getting nowhere. I had hoped that people would come together and brainstorm ideas and support our town. I mentioned theater, because we have one sitting there. What brainstorming does is get people to thinking and sharing positive ways to pull us up. I did not expect the usual trash. Sorry, I was wrong about Blythe, apparently. I figured people would come up with a skating rink, a section in the park for the handicapped, a water park, an In -and-out Burger, a concert of some sort for kids, a concert of the Community Concert type. Nothing in life is "free". I have no monetary interest in the movie, and people ought to know that. Kids in this town need something to do besides get in trouble. Adults, too, need something to do, too. We need some restaurants in town. (I love Cracker Barrel.) Just forget it, folks. Glad I provided some with something to make fun of. I'm through with this conversation, though.

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: hmmmm I wonder....

Mr. Weete do you own property near the theater or maybe you invested in some digital movie company, that maybe you could parley into profits or dividends ? As, often as you say you have to go out of town, you could easily see the movies you want to. Really what is your motive ? smells fishy

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Article comment by: @EL PICA BUYAS

Well put, Blythe has always been a town of the "haves" and "have nots". The "have nots" can't leave town, and must buy what the "haves", offer. then the 'haves" take their money and go out of town with it. Blythe is great if you are indeed a "have" but it feels like a terrible trap to the "have nots". Come on gang, Mr. Weete hasn't seen a academy award nominated movie. Lets put on a show and raise the money!

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ el pica. I said that I read an Article here on the PVVT web site, and I did not make it up.

Read All star cinemas seeks buyer or will close. here on the web. Read all of the articles on all of the stories here on the web site of the PVVT's.

It did not say he did not want to put more into it. Someone below said it right, they did not know how to manage it. So when that happens you lose money.

Read the review on it on other sites.

But in the end you need money and a steady cash flow of it, to keep it open. Then you open it. since you say I'm talking out the other end. But all you are is talk and no money. Right?

If this city wants the people to spend money here. Then make Blythe a friendly business town, and these businesses here, have to compete for our money, but they won't because they have a stead flow of people that can't go out of town.

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Article comment by: @ bob weete

What everyone needs to do is quit with the finger pointing and name calling. It is okay to disagree with one another but lets do it in a more civil manner. That goes for you too Bob Weete. One week you trash the sitting president of the United States comparing him to Hitler and Stalin who murdered millions, you routinely call people evil, greedy and etc..because you disagree with them and then you want everyone to come together. Tell me Mr. Weete what inflamed and divided this town so much from what it used to be? Could readers comment sections and personal attacks have been part of the problem here? A town constantly being divided, peoples pushing of their own agenda through media and constant attacks against those you dislike is one of the giant problems I see here. People just jump to conclusions without even getting all the facts first hand routinely anymore. If you want the town united then start writing about some of the positives in our beautiful town instead of always telling people about how horrible society and this town has become (that goes for everything and everybody, even those you dislike). I am for improving our community but it has to come in many forms and you yourself can help that happen with just changing your tone and demeanor. I do applaud you for trying

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Article comment by: @Bob Weete Here is and idea

Over one million dollars a year can be saved by contracting police services with the Sheriff's for the exact same number of police that currently patrol our streets. The cost savings is in the administration and support staff. The sheriff's provides it because they already have it in place and it is worked into the cost, they would also hire the vast majority of the support staff.

The police administration will say it is all smoke and mirrors and cost more, I would like to really know. The Mayor cannot get a majority vote because of internal politics with the vice-mayor's brother on the police force and the good ol'boy friendships with other board members and BPD officers.

Not only over a million bucks can be saved the first year, but also millions can be saved in future pension payments to CALPERS. You know, that bill that is bankrupting some cities.

If you look at it from a business stand point alone it is a win-win. Immediate savings now and for years to come in reduced pension cost.

Bob, maybe your column can create some open discourse on this subject. Maybe that million bucks can be used to get the theater opened or fully fund the rec center. Maybe it is time for some of our elected leaders to look at the bottom line and not at personal friendships.

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Article comment by: Marie antoinette

@ Mr. Weete, Sir, I was only responding to what you wrote. You, suggested the movie theater. If you are looking to rally the community perhaps you should choose something that is free of cost, that everyone could enjoy, regardless of their financial situation. Wouldn't this be more uplifting ? Concerts or movies in the park, things like that. And since you do have to see the Dr. , I'm glad you can afford to go out of town. Kudos to you on choosing a Prius too.

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