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1/3/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Not staying in Kingman

We moved here seven months ago. We are now leaving.

The reason - this city has a huge drug and crime problem, some areas are so run down they should be bulldozed, there is no evidence of sensible government leadership and it's possibly corrupt.

The Daily Miner is depressing to read - the front page is always reporting the latest murder, theft, break-in or child molestation. In our opinion, this city needs to certainly raise its standards and get rid of the drugs and crime.

If the present conditions continue, others who are good, law-abiding citizens will also choose to leave.

Riley Hall


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: In the sweet bye and bye

Been here over ten years. Almost instantly I wanted to leave, but my motorhome's engine was froze up.After paying thousands and getting no real repair, I sent it to it's graveyard to rust. Bought several vans and 1 motorhome, the longest any ran was 2 days.

If you are to leave, you might keep quiet about it, if you don't stay quiet you may find plenty of hardship sent your way, anyone that leaves town with anything of worth is a very lucky person.

This said, the entire Earth is under fiscal issues. Sad situation.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Amberlee James

You, know I do believe you have just described many other citys in the U.S. As for the drug problems, Yes they are here for sure, but most people do some research before moving to towns. I know I did, and was surprised, but moved here due to a family issue. As for local politics and government, I must say every city has their problems.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: We are trapped here !

We moved here from a big city and thought it would be lower crime, cheaper and nice--mannered friendly people. The only thing on my list that has been true it's cheaper because we have low mortgage paypments. If I win the lottery or come into some big money I will be out of here asap. There are so many murders for a small town. Yes, drugs are everywhere. People leave their yards so trashy. Just because one is poor they can still clean up the mess in their yards, and keep their vehicles off their front yards. Park in the street, like every other city does. The worst part of this town is the good old boys/girls are still running this town. Get them out of office! Also there is nothing to do for teenagers here or no indoor malls. The positive things about Kingman is that Vegas and Laughlin are close by. I also like the Hualapai mountains/resort.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Mr. Hall: Glad you are escaping. Please believe me, this is not the Kingman I grew up in in the 1940's but nowhere in America is like it used to be.

Working for the county, I spoke to many out of towners who moved here and discovered many have come over from California after Mexico and high taxes with no future took over. So we do have some lovely people here.

However, working in a different county office, I discovered a lot of trash from CA also moved here - live off the government drug addicts.

Will you share where you are moving to? I have always loved Las Cruces, New Mexico. A lovely town, has malls, clean as a pin, nice settled in Mexicans who are true Americans along with a lot of caucasians and simply a beautiful town of 80,000 I think nestled up against the Organ Mountains.

Nothing trashy like a border city. Unless it has changed since I moved back here. Has a University too. I would move there in a minute were I able to. Best wishes. Wish I could push Kingman but cannot these days.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

Sorry you feel that way, I do hope you find that place you feel safe!
I'm not saying Kingman is the best place to live, but having lived coast to coast, and places in between...I'll say I prefer HERE to be my home!
There are drugs everywhere, I have friends who live in million dollars homes and there are drugs there too!
until we make the penalties so severe, it will continue to be a problem.
drugs bring other crimes, and criminals.
Kingman being an affordable place to live, provides a "home" for people who cannot afford the "Big City".
Good luck in your search.
wish you well.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

one of the problems with Kingman government is that they lie about lying. I can't see any reason why people should not take their interests in their own hand without regards to the law, since there is no law in Kingman anyway. But if you can move, move. I did. But the next town will probably be another one of satan's enclaves, too. Seems to be the America of the 21st century. The devil found himself a home.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: You've Seen The True Kingman

@ Riley Hall
First off I donít blame you and I know exactly what you mean. Why we have such a big drug problem can only be attributed to the poor economy and the fact that Kingman is a crossroads town. Those people leaving Las Vegas, Phoenix, and large towns of California have to pass through here on their way to nowhere. They find Kingman and just hang out and many bring trouble with them. It is not like we donít have a police presence. I think there are many towns out there that would enjoy the police to capital that we have, there is no shortage here. Just take a look whenever there is a fire somewhere in town and Iím sure you will see at least five patrol cars or more that respond. As for the run down areas, nobody holds them accountable to clean up. Why they donít send in teams to clean up properties and apply leans to those properties I donít know. As for a sensible government and corruption, welcome to the ďGood Ole BoyĒ why of governing. If you donít know someone, donít have money, youíre on your own. You wonít get an argument from me, been watching it happen for over twenty years. In defense of the Daily Miner being depressing, it can only be attributed to all the above. However be aware that it is a very right wing publication. You can verify that by reading the archives, editorials, columns, and letters sections. Unless you are into old buildings, model train sets, and drugs, thereís nothing here. I hope you find what youíre looking for but youíll have to travel somewhere where time hasnít stopped.

Forgot to mention, we do have some pretty fine rocks around here.
W/C 298

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

See ya, good luck finding a city without those problems.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Shelby

Mr. Hall, the city of Kingman and Mohave County in general has the same problems that are present everywhere in the United States. I do not know how Kingman rates statistically among other similar municipalities nationwide, however, I personally do not see a "huge" problem. Crime and drugs are everywhere, I choose to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem. I have lived all around this great land of ours, and in my opinion, Kingman is one of the best two places I have called home. The Daily Miner simply reports what they choose to, there is much more "good" going on than is reported on in the newspaper. I am proud to be part of this community. Perhaps you can find utopia somewhere in lala land Mr Hall, but I suspect you will find much the same where ever you move to. Good luck, and God Bless.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: nonya business

Well said Riley Hall, you are wise! Me and my family hope to be doing the same as soon as possible. I agree with you on all counts! I too, have always said that about the Miner. There is no true journalism, people call in with their stories and it gets printed, but mostly their stories are provided by the local Sheriff's dept.! The good ol' boys keep their thumb over this community and anyone who would like to see it improve. And they do it in very unethical ways! Good luck to you wherever you go!!!

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: I hear yeah

I hear yeah too. I agree with all you said but Iíll add to it the lack of education on the population. People seem so angry all the time itís like theyíre angry at that all they can get is a dead end job and have no aspirations of trying to educate themselves for a better life.
Itís as if the population of Kingman is so ignorant that they will believe anything people will say. They sit at home and watch Fox News and believe Obama makes Satan look like a Saint. Before moving to Kingman, I thought Bakersfield was the white trash capital of the world.
Kingman lacks culture and sophistication. I was talking to a co-worker of mine who told me she was accused of being a liberal because she enjoying a glass of wine and listening jazz music. What are we suppose to listen to Hank Williams Jr. and drink Budweiser? What wrong with enjoying a nice glass of fine wine. Oh thatís right because we will be accused of being an elitist liberal.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Good letter. Though I wish you had stated where you were moving to. You know, that place without any drugs, crime, or run down areas?

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Toodumtu Care

I too left Kingman about 7 months ago, not by me own choice. Moved to a area temporarily in Kalifornicate and dodge folks runnin from the law on a daily basis, someone gets shot and killed or just shot, knifed, beat up or robbed daily. Ya don't like drugs, don't come to Kalifornicate.
So I went and bought some property there close to Kingman out in the desert as there is where me heart is, and i'll be movin "home" in the near future. I'll take me chances there in the desert where I can pack legally and not fear not being able to protect meself and me lady.
So go away guy, ya don't belong here, go back to the big city where ya can live in yur never, never land. Good luck. LOL!!

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Smarty Pants


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

If you'd stay a little longer, your letter would be altered by one word - from "possibly" corrupt to "absolutely" corrupt. Black is white and white is black, once you leave, you'll never be back.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

I'm truly sorry you didn't find our fair city to your liking. But, compared to other small towns, we're not that different. You re setting yourself up for disappointment if you think "Utopia" is out there somewhere. "Keep the wind at your back, and your powder dry". Maybe the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia will be more to your liking.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Cititzen

Riley, I don't know of any town, small or big that doesn't have it crappy areas of town, or some crime. We moved here 13 years ago, and yes, there was lower crime, but our population has risen,and that brings on these issues.

Move to a bigger city, and see what you get! Move to a smaller city, and see what you don't get.

Bye, Riley, safe trip.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Bye Bye.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: We Dawg

Don't blame you.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Highly Amused

It's difficult to do anything about any of these things when in fact your local government and police are both corrupt with the Good Ole Boy syndrome. Kingman needs a thorough cleaning, and if we could ever afford to leave this dunghill, we will.

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