Post on White House site seeks end all government money going to complex

Last updated: July 19. 2014 10:52PM - 1301 Views
By James O’Malley Times Leader Correspondent



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A post on the White House’s We the People website petitions the Obama Administration to cease Section 8 subsidies to the Sherman Hills apartment complex.


But before it earns a response from White House staff, it first must gather 100,000 signatures by Aug 15.


Readers on the Times Leader’s Facebook page were quick to respond when asked if they would sign the petition.Many readers commented emphatically that they would sign. However, the petition only gained 5 signatures in the same time period.


One commenter suggested tenants receive criminal background checks and drug tests.


Stacey Jackman-Carcieri said in her comment, “have to for a job so why not for a place to live too.”


But other commenters weren’t so sure.


“Then the rest of the valley is screwed,” Renee Edlund Gudaitis wrote. “Do we want this trouble moving to our towns? I dont know what the answer is.”


She also suggested background checks in her comment, as well as a harsh rules on tenants and random house checks.


The petition, created July 16 by “L.G.,” contains a number of ambiguities, grammar and spelling errors.


“We would like any and all Government monies to cease being funneled into this housing project. It is riddled with crime, drugs, shootings and it destroying are area,” the petition reads. “It has caused an entire town to become dangerous. We would like the Federal Government to take over the community and transform if to a community for Veterans to safely reside in.”


The troubled apartment complex was the scene of a late-night shooting last week and has received heavy scrutiny in the past for its record of violence and drug activity.


At time of writing, the petition had 63 signatures, mostly from individuals claiming residence in Wilkes-Barre or elsewhere in Northeast Pennsylvania. A number of signers did not disclose their location, and one person signed from New Hampshire.


The website, www.petitions.whitehouse.gov, says it allows anyone aged 13 or older to create or sign online petitions. Though terms of use change from time to time, a petition created currently must reach 150 signatures in 30 days to become searchable, and 100,000 to get a response.


Some top earning petitions on the site include requests to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and to pardon Edward Snowden.


You can view the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/o2bvwt9.


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