Obviously we've been away again. As we wrote earlier, it is becoming increasingly difficult to read the lumpen prolitariatisms emanating from Canton, Ohio. We trust that most of these commenters keep their mouths shut at work (if they have jobs), school, and the Elks. Or maybe class envy, racism, misogyny, illiteracy, classism, greed, and wacky Christian sectariaism is the normative ethic in Canton, and nobody notices. And we can't even blame fluoride in the water for it.
We've been perusing posts, clothespin on nose, and have been greatly amused at the reaction to the news that the old Ambassador Motel (we couldn't find a picture of the motel, so the picture at the right will have to do) is being turned into a transitional home for ex-cons. Now anyone who's been in Canton for more than 10 minutes knows that the Ambassador has been a whore and crack house for at least 30 years. In fact, IHC cant' even remember when it wasn't, and we've been around a lot more than 30 years. IHC may have been 9 years old and not understood the nuances, but we knew a seedy pit stop when we saw one.
It all started with the October 31 Housing Facility for Former Inmates to Open in Old Motel. Comments from the local locals--that is, those who pristine Ambassador Motel neighborhood is soon to be invaded by monitored cons, rather than the regular unmoderated junkie/trollop class, were axed. But our memory tells us, outside of the general doom and gloom keening, some complained that their property values had plummeted LAST year, even though the facility hasn't even opened yet THIS year.
Official lumpen reaction, however, comes from Linda Stevens, who in her letter, Former Inmates Have No Business Living in Residential Canton Twp. Neighborhood, vows to keep her neighborhood clean of convicted scum:
Why did the Rev. Kenneth Lancaster pick this neighborhood? Why not his? I believe I am speaking for all the residents of this area. First of all, there is a school eight-tenths of a mile from the motel. I thought convicted sexual predators can’t be around children within less than a mile. The staff will work with the inmates a few hours a day, and then most will go home and lay their heads to rest while we have to live in fear of our children and grandchildren being abducted or killed, vandalism and robbery. Where do the inmates get their money to go out? There is a pizza shop next door. How many times will it get robbed? There are bars down the road....
This won’t be the last that Rev. Lancaster and the Canton Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hear from us. Come on, Canton Township area, let’s fight. Express your opinion and we will do what we have to do.
Backed by glock45:
We are not without a modicum of theoretical sympathy for Linda and glock, but where were they when the Ambassador was operating? We fail to see why rockheads and whores-run-wild are more acceptable neighbors than hand-selected, monitored ex-cons, and they don't tell us.
For failure to communicate, we award glock45 second place in today's Village Idiot competition. Linda Stevens, without saying, wins first place.
We also give a gold star to Otterk1k for apologizing to Mary Parker in this same thread:
Otterki1 wrote originally: