Negative perception is inaccurate, needs to stop

Editor,

The other day I was talking with someone from Porterville about coming to Lindsay to see a concert at the Lindsay Community Theater. His response to me was startling. 

He said, “I’m not going to Lindsay. I don’t want to get shot.” 

Having lived in Lindsay for almost 50 years, I could not understand what he was talking about, so I asked him. He replied that Lindsay was a dangerous place where people get shot all the time. I told him he was wrong, but he just laughed and said, “Yeah, right.”

The more I thought about that brief encounter, the more upset I became. Where do people get the notion that Lindsay is a dangerous, lawless, street-gang-filled town? This is certainly not my experience living and raising four children in Lindsay. 

This negative perception has to stop. Here are the facts according to the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, State of California.

Of all the cities in Tulare County with populations of 10,000 or more, Lindsay had fewer violent crimes than any other city. Lindsay had 41, Exeter had 47, Farmersville had 52, Porterville had 158, Tulare had 457, and Visalia had 484. 

When taking into account population, Porterville was the safest with a violent crime rate of 2.85 per 1,000 residents, but Lindsay was a close second with 3.08, then Visalia with 3.77, Exeter with 4.47, Farmersville with 4.84, and Tulare with 7.42.

So according to the statistics, Lindsay is a far safer town than its undeserved reputation would have people believe; safer than Visalia, Exeter, Farmersville, or Tulare. So please stop people who have these negative misconceptions and tell them the truth about Lindsay. It’s a nice town with welcoming people and great entertainment. Those who actually visit Lindsay are surprised by the clean, graffiti-free streets and buildings, the calm atmosphere, the great restaurants, and the fun entertainment venues like McDermont Field House and the Lindsay Community Theater. And Lindsay people are very friendly.

 

Jim Kliegl 

Lindsay

 

Stick with the evidence on Kavanaugh

Editor,

Thank you Porterville Recorder for printing the commentary by Ann Coulter on the Kavanaugh issue.

This must be decided on the evidence. If it is purely ‘he said/she said’ with Judge Kavanaugh’s classmate, the only named witness on the side of ‘she said,’ the debate is over. It should never have begun. Law enforcement has already said there is nothing to investigate on the basis of vague accusations that cannot be verified.

If Mrs. Ford has nothing concrete to add to her amazingly vague account of an incident she alleges happened 36 years ago, where she admittedly was an under-aged drinker at a teen party (and in which today she has clear motives to fabricate a story as an ardent anti-Trumper), she is even less credible. 

On the other hand, no one recalls Judge Kavanaugh as a drinker, assaulter or of bad character in all of his life until Mrs. Ford’s accusation. 

Should we believe the accuser because some teenage girls and women have been assaulted over the eons and those doing the assaulting are mostly men? What a strange justice system that would launch!

This should make any mother of boys very afraid for their safety and reputations, no matter how well they may conduct themselves. A spurned girlfriend can wreck their lives decades after a falling out.

Judge Kavanaugh cannot disprove the allegations given their sheer vagueness. You cannot prove I wasn’t there on this date in this place because I was in Timbuktu with my family when there is no date or place. 

You can only offer a display of good character over your entire teenage and adult life attested to by friends and colleagues, as Judge Kavanaugh has already done and six FBI background checks have affirmed. It should be enough. 

Time to vote Senators .... and follow the law .... use legal principles, please.

 

Sandra Whaling

Springville

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