The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

May 31, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, May 31, 2014

Get to know people behind zoning request

Get to know people behind zoning request

I am writing in response to the article published May 21 concerning Bradley residents opposing a zoning change for a sporting goods/pawn shop on Maple Fork Road.

My husband, Bryan Arthur, and brother-in-law, Sam Morton, are the individuals making the request. There have been several statements made to oppose us and I would like for everyone to know exactly what our plans are and I would like to tell you about ourselves.

Sam Morton served his country in the United States Air Force, is a hard worker and a law-abiding citizen. My husband and I have lived in the Bradley area for 40 years and are law-abiding citizens. We have faithfully attended and supported a church in Bradley for the past 16 years. We have always put God first in our lives; we work hard and are known by many to be honest and trustworthy.

There were statements made that we will bring drug activity and crime to the area. The property in question has been broken into several times and there have been reports of drug activity already in the area. We will not be making the area an unsafe place to reside. In fact, we will have surveillance cameras to watch at all times.

There were statements about the type of people that visit pawn shops. It was said they are people selling things for drugs. If anyone suspicious would come through our door, they will be turned away as far as business goes, but I would invite them to church and tell them how they can turn their life around. I have counseled several people the past couple years that were addicted to drugs. I have a heart to witness and love others.

There will be parking in the rear for approximately 10 cars and, out of respect for the neighbors, we will construct a privacy fence on the property.

We cannot understand why anyone would oppose us as the Go-Mart sits parallel from us, there are Pete’s Service Center, Lori’s Mini Storage and the Brick House Salon and Spa. All of these businesses are between residences on Maple Fork Road.

We are more than meeting the requirements to be approved for the permit and we would like to be treated fairly.

Susie Arthur


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