To the Editor,
Although Mr. John Cantey cites valid concerns about crime associated with V-Point, there is something else on his agenda which he has been carrying a torch for for a long time.
When this same store was run by Mr. Rogers there was crime in the area and no petitions were written, taken, signed or orally expressed to close the store down. It was not until the current owners moved in that this brouhaha started.
I wonder does Mr Cantey think the store condones and expects for crime to happen? Has there been no crime since the fire shut the doors to this store? Of course there has. The V-Point is not the reason for the crime; economics; mind set of our youth today to make a quick buck to get high, etc., just to name a few reasons. There are many stores in and out of the area that sell the same items as the V-Point.
The proprietors of the V-Point are nice people. They help people in need; they do return back to the community with various levels of giving.
Mr. Cantey wants to do away with the influx of Middle Eastern people coming into the area, buying property, opening stores. That is not a valid enough reason. Mr. Cantey would like to be able to satisfy his own subtle prejudice with rallying to keep the store closed. We hear what Cantey wants, not what the community wants and when you double talk them and blatantly lie to get a signature, who is really losing here? The community.
When I spoke to Mr. Cantey about this very subject a few years ago he asked me did I live in the community; when I responded no, he dismissed me as if I were blown in with the garbage and walked away. I used to live in the community; I moved not because of the V-Point, but because of the crime in the area. I spent my money at the V-Point and when I am in the community, which is often, I stopped at the V-Point and made purchases. The people who own V-Point are my friends, but so are many residents in the community.
Often I see and hear the dealings of Mr. Cantey; this is just one on his list of wants that he should not get.