To the Editor:

First, I would like to applaud the Ripon Downtown Association for the years of hard work they have put into making the Watson Street business area a great place to spend one’s leisure time (and spend one’s money)! And such a stroke of luck as COVID-19 has initiated a society to think smaller and less crowded.

It’s a nice area which, however, is surrounded by the rest of the town which is becoming “seedier” as the years go by. Some homes I pass by going to work every day are very good examples of what I mean by “seedy.”

These are only two run-down homes I pass enroute to work (note the toddler’s swing in the photo to the far right). There are several more in a four-block by three-block area by Ratheon.

The worst in “my” neighborhood is on State Street (above).

Places like the above make me wonder of the mind-set of the people living inside.

— Diane Christenson


(15) comments

Kriss Standke

With city taxes so high homeowners have a hard tome with upkeep. Those who do fix up their property are charged even more in taxes... it's a lose lose situation for many. People need to be able to pay off their homes and not have to pay more to live in them than it would cost to rent an apartment. The tax structure needs to be replaced.

Dale Failor

I have talked with different people from our area and it would be nice to see the community come together to help these families. Help fixing their homes or a Go Fund Me could be in order. Instead of putting people down, lets try to help them.

Timothy Wuest

Does the Commonwealth know no shame printing this article. How cruel.

Mark Alexander

Wow how shameful to post pictures. Its one thing to point out things in general and do it anonymously but to show pics and street names is not cool. And I didn't really need to check but wanted to be 100% and I see the writer is likely retired age. And I don't know if everyone else has noticed the same thing I have but people who are retired who have often too much free time hold others to standards that they themselves can only atain because of an extreme abundance of free time and in 1 case for sure here also sounds like financial reasons that the poster can't/chooses not to understand. Just like the elderly right wing extremist often bombarding the paper with her crazy conspiracy theories this is probably another religious person who completely misses the point of the teachings and is a judgmental fool/tool

Michael Shohoney

I find it interesting that one of the rules for posting out here is to not name call or attack others yet you allow this letter to be published? Maybe RCP needs to look up "hypocrisy" in the dictionary.

Tina Wayman

I am so upset that this person who had to show pictures of the houses she thought were eye sores....doesnt she understand that people have feelings and she has no idea what this family has gone thru...did she knock on their door and talk to them? No...lets just plaster a picture of their home and not care whats going on on the inside.. i know the family that lives in the 1st house and i know how hard theyre struggling. Their mother and his wife hasnt been gone for 2 yrs yet...she passed away at a young age one warning...and since then has been doing the best they can to get thru their days without you plastering their home in the paper. Shame on you for doing that. You should apologize for adding to their grief. I have never been so upset about someone making another person feel bad about where they live. These are people that live in that home...shame shame shame.

margaret klapperich

Thank you for this response. There should be MANY more expressions of outrage.

Wouldn't it be nice if something was started to assist these people in need....could be a positive outcome of this public criticism????

Nathan Graetz

I know the people that live there and just because the outside is not in good shape dosen't mean the inside isn't! They have put a lot of money into the inside and are close to start working on the outside! Dont judge a book by its cover!

Dale Failor

If homes like this disturb you so much, move to Beverly Hills.

Dale Failor

You find this in every city, big or small, get over it. It is called life. People are living on the streets, open your eyes to reality.

Bill Bumby

Wow! There but for the grace go you…

Bill Bumby

I wonder at the mind-set of someone like you who puts the less fortunate up to public ridicule in their home town newspaper

Bill Bumby

Wow! There but for the grace go you…

margaret klapperich

Thank you for saying this, Bill. Let us hope that these homes do not house children who are school age and will be "bullied" for their living conditions after this public display!!!!!

margaret klapperich

I am appalled that anyone would humiliate others in such a public forum. as the hometown newspaper. Did you research the possible reason for these conditions? Real people live in these homes and may be dealing with situations beyond their ability to control. Before judgement is passed, find out what the cause for the problem is. Regeardless of what we may surmise, conditions like this are a cry for help. Finding solutions to change a sight that disturbs you is the caring solution, rather than public humiliation. I like to believe that if you really knew why this home was in such disrepair you would be willing to assist those involved. All of us are too ready to judge, myself included!!!

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for taking part in our commenting section. We want this platform to be a safe and inclusive community where you can freely share ideas and opinions. Comments that are racist, hateful, sexist or attack others won’t be allowed. Just keep it clean. Do these things or you could be banned:

• Don’t name-call and attack other commenters. If you’d be in hot water for saying it in public, then don’t say it here.

• Don’t spam us.

• Don’t attack our journalists.

Let’s make this a platform that is educational, enjoyable and insightful.

Email questions to

Share your opinion


Join the conversation

Recommended for you