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The goal of Mend Mansfield is to stop senseless violence in Mansfield and Richland County. A march and rally are planned for Saturday afternoon, stepping off at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 343 N. Main St., Mansfield. Participants will march to Johns Park, where the rally will take place. (Story: http://ohne.ws/1Fho34l) News Journal staffers will be with marchers along the way and at the park, looking for local reaction and comments. We want to hear what you have to say.
Together, we can #MendMansfield.

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  • Gary Messersmith I’ll tell you what’s NOT going to mend Mansfield. Marches and rallies! A good start would be meaningful, living wage jobs for these young people. They can see there is no future for them working retail and fast food. The lure of drug money compared to minimum wage “would you like fries with that” jobs is going to win time and again. They aren’t too blind to see all of the factories that have been torn down and the jobs that went with them. Work on that, have the parade later and more people will bring their families to cheer you on.
    • Sherry Deel Wrong. There are MANY jobs here in Mansfield, many in factories that CANNOT be filled because these young people u speak of have very little education. Educating the kids is where it has to start. There are lots of engineering jobs with no engineers, because THERE ARE NO ENGINEERS. And keep in mind a great deal of these young people aren’t actually SELLING drugs & making money. They are TAKING drugs…..& dying. They are stealing & hussling to make enough $ to get their next fix. It has to go back to the schools. These kids need to be educated, & educated on drugs. They need pointed in the right directions instead of toward the streets.
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    • Madeline Rome The funny thing is, I see some of these “kids” dealing on my corner and then the same ones I’ve seen working at McDonalds on trimble lol
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    • Gary Messersmith We have been”educated on drugs” since way before the 60’s. I don’t see it working very well. Most of these kids can’t afford to go to college for 4 1/2 years to get an Engineering Degree. I know what they cost, my oldest is a Chemical Engineer. And even if they could you can only employ so many at the top of the pyramid. And most of those positions would have been filled years ago by the worker that had been doing the job in the plant for the last 15 years. You know, back before you needed a degree to be smart. now they want an engineering degree to change the paper in the towel dispenser. But the cold truth remains, we have lost way more good paying jobs than we currently have. And it shows.
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    • Leigh Oden Sherry, I get where your are coming from, but but it goes back to parenting. When parents make education a priority and support the schools then we see success in the community. How many kids in our school systems have parents who are in prison for drugs or other offences and being raised in the foster care system by strangers or extended family members? Schools can only do so much and it is unfair to think that they can work miracles. Gary, a living wage and skilled labor education is a place to start. I can’t speak for Madison Comp but I know that Pioneer Career and Technology Center has a high requirement standard to be accepted into their programs. I am sure that at one time Mansfield was a great place to live. Parents grew up there, grandma worked as a nurse at GM and grandpa worked for Bissman. I moved to a neighboring community because I didn’t feel safe in my own home.
  • Heather Coles Who will you look down on? Who will you call names and make fun of with your conservative overtones?
    Who will you lie about?

    You better get a back up plan.
  • Madeline Rome Personally, I think it’s rediculous that it took this long and all this senseless violence to realize Mansfield needs “mended”! Face it Mansfield has been in a downward spiral for a long time and everyone just kind of brushed it off, between drugs, thugs, abandoned homes, decreased jobs that don’t pay enough to live on (that dont require a college degree), corrupt cops ( not all of them are bad), and hardly anywhere for our adolescents to go to stay out of trouble, why does it take multiple acts of senseless violence to wake people up!!!
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  • Milisa Maclin I ll b there to say what I got to say no post today
  • Angela McCallister I say the march is a start but it. Will take alot more to fix mansfield
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  • Vicki Carpenter Great idea good luck bless you
  • Kyle ShaBam Everyone’s criticizing this. Is it not a start? At least people care about our community enough to try. Do we need jobs and everything else as well here? Absolutely, but it won’t come overnight. This is a start to addressing the violence and issues and I commend the community for trying! ‘Salute’
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  • Marie Doan I’ll March
    Tell me where start up will be and what time
    I will bring folks!!
    • Kizzy Williams Agenda for the MEND MANSFIELD COALITION “Unity in the Community” March/Rally
      Saturday, April 11, 2015

      Set Up: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

      Participants with information tables can set them up at Johns Park. The tables will be on the basketball court. Tables and chairs will be provided.

      All other participants should meet at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 343 North Main Street for set-up and registration.

      March Begins: 1:30 p.m.

      The March starts at Mount Calvary Baptist Church and will be lead by Mansfield Police Chief Ken Cootnz, Pastor Derek Williams, and other city officials. Mount Calvary Baptist Church will provide rides for seniors who wish to participate. If your organization has access to a van or bus and can also provide rides for senior or those who can’t walk, you are encouraged to do so.

      The March will end at Johns Park and the Rally will take place upon arrival. Water and light refreshments will be provided.

      There will be a Press Conference regarding the Mend Mansfield Coalition March/Rally on Friday, April 10, 2015 starting at noon in the lobby of the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue. West.
    • Kizzy Williams Your Welcome
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  • Ayeesha Owens Get ur police department together. They are know for abusing people.
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  • Barb Procker How about a better court system !!!!!!!!! One that actually PUNISHES drug and alcohol offenses, as well as gives fathers equal rights in custody cases. How about a county child PROTECTION Agency that can recognize that kids should not be put back with parents who are receiving a slap on the hand for offenses that effect their ability to care for their kids. These kids are not only being neglected due to the parents addiction, but also seeing that there are no consequences for not following rules/laws.
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  • Kizzy Williams The March is just a start….We recognize Mansfield is going to need much more. Mend Mansfield Coalition will not stop after this Rally! All these issues your expressing have already been discussed. Why knock the efforts we are doing now if the problems still exist. Why not be thankful its happening at all and someone cares and see these issues? Why have any negative opinion about a coalition established to help mansfield. Why knock something you don’t completely understand before seeing if its helpful?If you don’t want to participate stay home. If you think were not doing enough….you do something! we all live in mansfield..this is all of our problems..I seen many listed but what are you…the people listing all those issue DOING?
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  • Jj Steelers This isn’t going to work. You can’t stop violence. This will all be ignored by most people. If that’s all Christians want to do is March to end violence and pray. But ignore what could work like jobs education, let me know how this turns out
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  • Marie Doan It’s not going to stop it but it sure the heck going to open eyes and get people aware and enlighten to see what can be done !!
  • Michael Wuicik Mansfield needs things for the youth to do so they stay out of trouble more cops on the streets in the slums of Mansfield and harsher punishments for robbery and other crimes kids under the age of 18 need to be in by 10pm 18 year olds by midnight. If they aren’t they are taken to dh for the night as well as fines.
    Like · Reply · 3 · 12 hrs
  • Jj Steelers 18 year olds have no curfew. 18 year olds can’t go to Dh. Good luck with that
  • Heather Coles https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pWp6kkz-pnQ

    Bruno Mars sings about not giving up! If you’re watching videos with your preschooler and would like to do so…
  • Ron William Lamb Jr. Right, and there is already a curfew for under 18
  • Matthew Miller Bull doze the whole city
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  • Suanne Hill 1.Encourage marriage…statistic prove 2 parent households work much better.
    2. Character training home and church.
    3. Televisions portray fathers as stupid and lawlessness as cool! Limit it severely.

    4. Discipline at home and school …again reinforce character traits you desire.
    5. Stop with the blame game…own your mistakes.
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  • Dawn Scanlon O’Shell Start with the parents let’s educate them on how to raise children.
    Like · Reply · 2 · 8 hrs
  • Tyson Tridico Matthew Miller that might have been the best comment I’ve heard

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