Put police on corner
Regarding “Carrboro workers corner creating new concern about old problems,” (CHN, Oct. 28)
Actually, the best solution would be to have a police booth manned, if not 24, at least 12 or 18 hours a day. Then workers and passersby would be safe. It would be not a police action but a community service.
Our community (employers, home owners, workers) benefits from the location. Perpetrators, unfortunately but naturally, lurk around honest citizens like predators waiting to strike prey. A steady police presence would solve the problem.
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It would also be nice to have some kind of shelter and restrooms for workers, like a mini interstate rest area of sorts. That would be civilized; the other stuff, like the protruding wedge fence and generalizing things with statements like “We need to stop people from hanging out there, because what they are doing is getting drunk, breaking into houses and harassing women and girls” is kind of Trumpy and/or fascist at its usual deplorable level. Most of them are not drunks, thieves and sexual predators. What’s wrong with you, Jacqie Gist? This is Carrboro, not Dearborn County, Indiana, or Maricopa County, Arizona.
Readers speak on housing bond
Our story on the $5 million Orange County affordable housing bond generated strong reader comments on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page (Friend him at https://www.facebook.com/mark.schultz.94043), including:
Terri Buckner: I plan to vote for this bond, but I feel like it is treating symptoms rather than addressing the problem. A truly systemic approach to the problem of unaffordability would be to bring in more industry that pays better than retail salaries. ... Carrboro has light industry space out N.C. 54 or through redevelopment of Carrboro Plaza. Light industry today is very technical, so it could provide a range of job types from blue collar through engineering through executive.
James Morgan: Bringing in new manufacturing jobs does little or nothing to help workers in the service industries. Bringing up the median does not help those who continue to be at the bottom. And those people will still be facing problems with housing affordability. All praise to the livable wage initiative, but few major service employers have signed on, nor will they until we see a raise in the mandatory minimum.
Bronwyn Merritt: I have said this before, but the reality of affordable housing that hit me in the face as a Realtor working in that area was WHOM affordable housing often really serves. Whatever the standards of individual programs, the people who qualify are very often teachers, nurses, police officers and firefighters and similar highly skilled and educated essential personnel who can’t afford to live in the towns where they work. People flipping burgers can never hope to qualify at current wages, and often have extreme difficulty even affording rentals.
Mark Marcoplos: We need to focus some serious effort on affordable rentals for the working poor. ... There are so many helpful things we could do if North Carolina had home rule.
Mariana Fiorentino: I can’t help but think that if the upper 2 percent would pay their fair share and the boys in Raleigh would stop advocating and promising to cut taxes (for the wealthy) there would be enough money to really solve this chronic problem of affordable and workforce housing. With money left over to make necessary repairs to our schools. I voted for the bonds, but once again the burden is on the little guys.
Recovery not due to GOP
It is quite amusing to hear Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans trying to take credit for improvements in North Carolina’s economy.
It's obvious to anyone with the wits of an oyster that this most welcome improvement is merely part of a nationwide trend, and our state is just one of the many boats being floated by this rising tide. North Carolina is slightly ahead of the national averages on some measures, but behind on others, and guess which ones McCrory is always crowing about? And to the extent this tide is the result of government actions, those would be federal policies including President Obama's stimulus.
In truth, the Republicans have actually retarded our state's recovery by their politically motivated actions such as declining Medicaid expansion, refusing to set up ACA exchanges and passing House Bill 2.
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