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‘Offended,’ ‘disappointed’

Magazine article about Marietta gets big reaction

June 5, 2014

Marietta’s depiction in a New York City-based magazine as an impoverished, drug-addled valley of indifference is not sitting well with local residents and officials, including those interviewed in......

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Jun-05-14 9:13 AM

Clearly the so-called journalist failed in his effort to discredit Marietta. While there are problems, along with evidences of poverty and drug abuse, there's far more to Marietta than that! How could anyone be so blind to the rich and diverse history, not to mention the unspeakable beauty of this wonderful area. This man is a journalist? Sounds more like he had an axe to grind.

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Jun-05-14 8:49 AM

I read Hussock's article and was also struck by how little the community we have resembles the community he described. That said, we do have things to work on. And kudo's to Alice Chapman for being out front trying to solve some of those problems.

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Jun-05-14 3:05 AM

Additionally, what Hussock failed to see is that in spite of the significant poverty in the MOV, what you rarely see here (and is extremely common just about everywhere else) is people sleeping on the sidewalks and panhandling - people that are utterly alone and abandoned. There is a sense of community in Marietta that Howard Hussock will never understand because it comes from generations of people staying in the same place. It means that even if I don't know you, chances are that our parents or our grand-parents know each other. It isn't something you can't buy with a golf membership, or sign up for on a social media site, and it is what keeps people afloat in hard times. Mr Hussock had better hope he never falls on hard times - judging from his recklessness, it's safe to say that the only community he will ever have to fall back on is a pile of money.

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Jun-05-14 2:54 AM

This Howard Husock should be completely discredited as a journalist. The article was full of cherry-picked subjective observations and shoddy mis-represented statistics, which revealed Husock's ignorance of poverty, which clearly comes from his life of privilege and intergenerational wealth. The "statistics" he quoted may be accurate, but what he failed to include is that they don't differ much nation-wide. He stated that half of the children have single parents (nationwide, 40% of children are born out of wedlock) and poor graduation rates (nationwide it is only 75%). Yes, Marietta has rampant drug use, but so do states like Vermont where the Governor just spent the entire state of the union address talking about the ****** epidemic. It disgusts me that this man works under the guise of a academic journalist for Forbes and other outlets. He should be thoroughly discredited.

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