Saturday, August 01, 2015

There has been many small stories in these pages containing incidents that have occurred in a small southern Ks town, called Arkansas City.

I’ve also skipped a great many of those available. Simply because I didn’t want to pick on the place and spread bad things too far.

The city has a curious history. It seems to lose more often then it gains. Which is itself a curious observation as to lose it must have gained, in the first place,  that which it lost.

Like, it lost the State mental hospital (and its corresponding jobs) when the bottom money was cut off. Where did the patients go? Many stayed

The city lost the Cessna Airplane business when the bottom fell out of the small aircraft business. And those corresponding jobs.

It lost several bids for gambling businesses to OK, and it did not get the recent casino KS allowed in that area.

And now its reputation is under attack and that seems to bother people. I do get a feeling of not liking the place each time I drive through, and I don’t linger.

An article recently published on Roadsnacks.net has stirred up some local residents.

The article claims that Arkansas City ranks number 8 on a list of the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas.

It claims that residents have a 1 in 140 chance of being raped, attacked or killed.

“That means if you’re traveling along Route 166 near the Oklahoma state line, you should remain vigil,” the article states.

“The south side of Arkansas City can be a real mess, when you look at the number of violent crimes that are happening here each year. And, unlike many of the cities we talked about earlier, it’s getting much worse.”

If there was a year unavailable, only the current year was considered.

“The result was that 2013 data is 2 times more important than 2012 and 6 times more important than 2011 in our calculation. Finally, we ranked each city based on their violent crime per capita and property crime per capita and took average of the two ranks,” the author said.

The comments from the residents may be seen:

http://www.arkcity.net/news/top_story/city-locals-respond/article

Not having stats available to me, but reading local papers and reports on a daily basis, I’m, personally, inclined to agree with the articles writer.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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