The mayor and others think it’s growing pains in Chilliwack, but you only have to look so far to see that it’s a farce. It’s been reported to the Tim Hortons by the middle school and high school that possible drug deals are going on and customers are being accosted in their parking lot. It’s been brought to their attention through the proper chain, but it gets filed away and nothing is done about it.
It’s bad when a replacement eight-foot barbed wire chain-link fence only stops thefts and break-ins for a couple of days. It’s bad that people do not want to walk down the street because it’s unsafe. Even at the 7-11, you take your life in your hands if you go there after 10 p.m. at night.
What we need is the cops to get out of their cars and start a foot patrol. We need judges to give the repeat offenders stiffer sentences. Treat the person’s mental health to find out why he or she has turned to drugs, then move forward to help them.
The city of Chilliwack owns so many properties. Why not lease or rent them out at a reduced rate to honest business people that would like to see Chilliwack proud again? They could employ local people who, when asked, would like to work.
I feel that when politicians hear about problems, they bury their heads in the sand and say “this does not concern me,” or they turn a blind eye.