I thought I would vent a little, as I have lived in Patterson for a majority of my life. I feel that most people in Patterson take pride in our town, despite what people feel it lacks. With that said, here is my rant:
During the past few days, I know the winds took a toll on numerous trees, including some that possibly should have been replaced a long time ago.
I came home the other afternoon after having picked up my children and drove by our neighborhood park in the Bright Homes development off of Walnut Avenue.
There were four kids — two girls and two boys — pulling on the trees and kicking them over to uproot and break them. It was very upsetting to see this, since most, if not all, of those in this neighborhood, as well as others around town, pay Mello Roos fees in addition to property taxes to support roads, parks, and so on.
I pulled over and yelled at them from my car to ask if they were going to take responsibility for any damage they did. They quickly stopped, but the next day, I noticed that despite having asked them to stop, several trees were damaged.
Today, as I left Walmart, I noticed what appeared to be vandalism to their trees — trees uprooted completely and knocked over across their lot. I understand that several people may still not want Walmart here, but it is here — get over it.
Take some pride in this “small” town and report these types of activities. For all intents, that area actually would be very nice in the summer, especially for all those who don’t mind walking.
I apologize for all those who might read this and think “so what,” but I would like to think there are enough of us who do care about our town.
Mercedes Carter, Patterson