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On city of Rockingham officials removing three rolls of fencing in a homeowner Davie Dawkins’ yard and charging him $256 under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance:
They need to worry about murders, rapists and drugs more than some fencing.
Let me just say this: We lived there for six years beside Mr. Dawkins. There were tubs, toilets, refrigerators, piles of bricks, old fence and trash strewn about the yard. It’s about time someone did something about it. I complained for five years straight. The yard needs what it got and then some. Way to go, city of Rockingham! Keep up the good work.
$256 is not bad. Rockingham is very fair most of the time about enforcing such actions. They do care somewhat about their citizens.
Aaron Shoats Ralston
In my opinion, no one should have the right to remove any property from the yard of anyone who pays taxes and lives peacefully. If you have a problem with how the adjacent yard looks, put up a privacy fence. He has a right to live his life and have his yard as he sees fit. As do I and anyone else. No one has the right to impose on the rights and freedoms of another individual, period.
Lillie Goodwin Lyde
Another case of someone wanting to constantly complain because someone else isn’t doing what they want. Stop being a control freak and let people live how they see fit. Who was he physically hurting? No one. Neighbors just found another reason to complain about something. Also, for the rest of their life, they can say, “I got that done.” Well, congratulations.
On Richmond County placing a quarter-cent sales tax increase on November’s general election ballot to provide funding for the proposed Rockingham Recreational Complex:
I would not mind paying a quarter-percent increase on sales tax if they would consider using it to improve the parks we are using now. Sports tournaments are already being held in this county — and look what we have to offer. No restroom facilities at Bynum Park. Portable toilets set up at every park. I am in support of building a new recreation complex, but this is several years down the road. Let’s at least spend a small portion of funds on improvements of our existing parks, thus attracting more tournaments, thus creating more revenue for our county. I would like to encourage all county commissioners and city council members to tour our existing parks and see what improvements need to be made.
I believe that someone should create an off-leash dog park. I travel to Southern Pines once a week to take our dogs to the one there. I also think that they should actually have someone at Hinson Lake renting out the canoes and kayaks. As for a rec center, I’m not sure that just because one in South Carolina is going well that this one will. I also take everything (County Manager) Rick Sago says with a grain of salt.
I love the picture (of Matt Reel ringing up a customer at Rockingham Hardware) because it is my son! I will have to investigate whether a tax increase is a good idea for another rec complex in Richmond County. Seems like we need to visit and improve existing facilities around the county before building something new. Malls and movie theaters bring in revenue also — just saying!
Denise Goodwin Reel
They could do it with the money they have if they weren’t so greedy.
On sheriff’s deputies charging a rape defendant out on bail with stealing a gun and $500 in cash during a Richmond County home break-in:
Why was he out to begin with?
I like the fact that the Richmond County Daily Journal has started researching and publicizing people’s pasts. Maybe the public will take notice and demand stricter punishment for these drains on our community.
Why the hell was he out on bail anyway, Richmond County?
All those pending charges plus all his priors not to mention he’s on probation already and he’s being held on a $25,000 bond — are you serious? Come on, Richmond County, that’s just ridiculous!
Why was he out on the streets? A rape charge? He should have stayed in jail! Wow.
Lisa and Rodney Hammill