We don’t need low-income housing

Published 12:19am Sunday, August 12, 2012

A definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Sort of like incessantly dropping a golf ball and expecting that one of these times, it will float. Another example of insanity is continuing to build low-income housing in Natchez. Haven’t we learned our lessons yet on this subject?

Typically a group of entrepreneurs come into town, build housing out of shabby materials, do little or no maintenance, suck the money out for a few years and skip town leaving useless dilapidated housing behind for the city (taxpayers) to deal with. I read in the newspaper that another Mecca for poor people is being planned in Natchez. There will be a meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Natchez Council Chambers.

Northern politicians have said on numerous occasions that they want to build the infrastructure in the South so that the impoverished, uneducated, non-working welfare recipients remain in the South. This is substantiated by the fact that the money to fund these projects comes mostly from federal government grants (HUD). Remember the adage, “The end result of government participation is always strife”? Knowing this, why do we continue on our path of self-destruction by building more government funded low-income housing?

Any policeman will tell you, crime increases proportionately as you approach public housing. Noticed an increase in crime lately in Natchez? It would be interesting to know how many of the apprehended criminals came from public housing. Lord knows, we have enough Section 8 housing in Natchez to house all of Parchman Penitentiary.

Our public schools are in shambles. They are on the low end of academic ranking in the state, not to mention the nation. Ninety-one percent of the student body is on free or reduced lunches. Who checks the financial status of free-meal student parents?

I think we have finally elected a mayor with proven leadership abilities who will keep his flock working as a team with a common objective in mind. We have good people working in both public and private organizations to promote Natchez, attract industry, save our railroad, improve our port, etc. Let’s try building housing for working professionals and educated people who will be an asset to all of us.

Constructing a transit system to carry people from Natchez to the mall in McComb or the doctor in Brookhaven is just another example of detrimental action forced upon us by government grants. This is just another example of the same old insanity. We will eventually end up with a collection of old trashed, rusted, busses parked along our streets.

Wake up Natchez and participate! I’m going to the housing meeting on Aug. 28 — are you?

 

Ed Field

Natchez resident

  • Anonymous

    Keeping the “vunnables” on the plantation…that is the function of BIG government

  • Anonymous

    CONCENTRATED Public Housing doesn’t work. Cabrini-Green comes to mind and should be your reference example of why NOT to allow this project.  

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, unlimited job growth will not solve the welfare problem.  School free lunches come under the Food Service Department for proving income, which probably does not include welfare income and all other forms of government income, nor is cross checked against government records.  The regional transit system will be a monument to prosperity with a large presence on the bypass in a multi million dollar facility rather than a less expensive metal building built to serve this purpose only.  Mo government money introduced into the local economy?

  • Anonymous

    I’d be curious which “Northern politicians” want to build this infrastructure in the South.  As far as I’m aware it’s the politicians from Mississippi that apply for federal grants within the state of…..Mississippi.  Of which this state for the last twenty years has ranked in the top three for taking the most federal tax dollars in relation to taxes paid.  

  • Anonymous

    MR FIELD IS ANOTHER ONE OF MITT’S BUDDIES. MR FIELDS, YOU GOT TO BE MAKING MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND RECEIVING “NOTHING” FROM THE GOVERNMENT JUST TO BE RECOGNIZE BY YOUR PARTY. MR FIELD I KNOW YOU ARE ANGRY BECAUSE THINGS ARE CHANGING FROM YOUR WAY OF THINKING. YOU CAN BELIEVE ONE THING MR FIELD, THINGS ARE CHANGING FOR THE BETTER. YOU SHOULD GET ON BOARD WITH THAT CHANGE.  I CAN GUARANTEE YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER KNOWING YOU ARE INVOLVED IN DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF, BUT FOR YOUR COUNTRY AS WELL.

  • Anonymous

    Hope and Change…where have we heard that lie before? Not to worry none though, there will be a huge CHANGE in November.

  • Anonymous

    Well. well, well, dave, you must be planning to vote for Mr. Romney and his partner Mr. Ryan, the only decent chance for hope and recovery that America has.  In Nov.we will see our belief in the system work for America’s good by electing Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan for the two of them will surely bring back the prosperity, pride, and dignity that this obama regime has destroyed. I look forward to the day when our president can announce to our enemies the cash flow stops with me, he no longer gives apologies to those enemies and he announces to the world that America will resume her greatness.

  • Anonymous

    Serious reform is needed…the Entitlement Nation is about to get a hard lesson in personal responsibility

  • Anonymous

    WHYDON’TWEBUYDAVEDANAPARTMENTRIGHTINTHEMIDDLEOF THEHOUSINGPROJECT ANDSEEIFHETHINKSIT’SSAVE TO  KEEPHISDOORUNLOCKED?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if all the problems afflicting this country started four years ago. We need to stop thinking our economic and financial problems started four years ago. Greed, fraud, wastes, and abuse contributes to our economic troubles. One good example of waste is the billion we spend to prosecute and care for criminals.  We have criminal setting on death row for ten to twenty years. Back and forward to court and government pay the bill.  And the lawyers keep getting paid. I understand it is more inexpensive to give criminals life in prison than too put them on death row.   

  • Anonymous

    destinynatchez, I can only hope you are right. This upcoming election is so important; whether to continue the horribly failed,arrogant policies of Obama or move a new (and hopefully, better) direction with Romney.
    All I know for sure is that this wonderful country cannot continue to operate in the fiscally-irresponsible manner that it has been doing. There is absolutely NOTHING we cannot do! Or manufacture. Government handouts have to stop for those that are obviously abusing the system. Unfortunately, if there was a massive overhaul of the welfare system, there would likely be a riotous response from those that have been reared to expect the government to support them, cradle to grave.
    There is much work to be done, and some will be painful. But our country is on the edge. We can either fall off the cliff into dispair and anarchy, or we can restrucure and move forward to greatness. This election will tell.

  • Anonymous

    burnleyc, I thank God every day there are people like you to stand up and speak for the good of America. Not just personally for ourselves but for the good of each and every American. I understand the plight of the ones who have lived all their lives on the system and therefore or afraid of a change for the good. They must understand there are many who abuse what the govt. offers them and takes it beyond the limits and cares not one whit if it bankrupts America as long as they have what they want and not only what tehy need. . They are the greed ones who do that  

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for being on the right side……..the GOOD side.

  • Anonymous

    destinynatchez, right on, and thanks for your kind words. I LOVE this country, this state and this town. And the people who live here .
    Yes, there will always be poor among us. There always has been. and I just have to believe that the vast majority of us (99%) are sympathetic to those in need. It is those needy that the welfare system needs to address, and those only.
    But the leeches are numerous in our system. There are whole gernerations that have been living well off of ill-gotten benefits. THEY are the problem- white, black, yellow, red,…whatever. THEY are the “undeserving poor”.
    I want our nation to not only exist, but to excell!!!!!  In every way. And to maintain a modesty about it. But we are going to go dead-broke financially -SOON- if we continue to ignore the problems and fail to implement the fixes.
    Pray, pray, pray for our country, and, indeed, the world. For we need all the help we can get!

  • Anonymous

    Where was that sleeping giant when the country fell into a recession back in 2008?

  • Anonymous

    “there would likely be a riotous response from those that have been reared to expect the government to support them, cradle to grave”

    Yes, therein lies the problem. The “entitlement nation” has become addicted to the government pacifier. And like a 2 year old, when you take that pacifier from them, they’ll throw a tantrum.

  • Anonymous

    Well said, and -sadly- true. Anyone who would disagree is living in a fantacy world and has no grip on the realities of our present world.
    There would not be enough prisons to hold those commiting crimes -of the kind you mention- should reforms take place. How about North Dakota??  Would we miss it were it to be turned into a huge prison?  Just kidding, of course, but  I believe we would need about that much space to hold the perps.
    The truth is, we ALL must work for what we get and need. And what do we really need? Clothes, shelter, food and means to get around. We can’t all live like a Rockafeller, and we shouldn’t!! It takes all kinds. Unfortunately, when envy and greed get thrown into the mindset, the sky becomes no limit.

  • Anonymous

    Please keep the right to bear arms.  The Democratic establishment will never do anything about getting rid of the handouts.

  • Anonymous

    obama wants to cower down to a UN resolution that would allow UN inspectors to come into American homes to take our firearms…despite our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms

  • Anonymous

    Of course the UN would want to do so, leaving the arms in all the other bad countries in the world to come in and take us over!

  • Anonymous

    This is a lie that the NRA is using to raise money.  What the bill was intended to do was regulate the international arms industry that was designed to keep weapons out of the hands of guys like Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army.  It will not affect our national and state gun laws or our second amendment rights.  It’s a distraction that the GOP is putting out there with blatant disregard for the truth with the purpose of creating division.  Don’t buy it..

  • Anonymous

    In Congress trying to convince the Democratic leadership of an impending collapse which said leadership denied would happen.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve gotten to where I don’t believe the campaign truth twisting of both parties.  The Dems are touting Ryan as wanting to end Medicare in its present form, hearing the truth of that is an eye opener as to how far both parties are going to garner votes of a semi-educated public electorate, then going door to door to sign more lesser educated voters onto the rolls – WOW.

  • Anonymous

    Concentrated Public Housing = Concentration Plantation

  • Anonymous

    No, it wasn’t. I find it interesting how you seem clairvoyant with regard to “intentions”. I could not care less about “intentions”, I prefer to concentrate on consequences. The road to Hell, and all that. Supposing those were the true intentions, what need would the UN have for American gun registrations? Why would they not exclude private arms (the ultimate reason for opposition) in the proposal? Mexico specifically demanded private arms be included.

    What would happen if one of our allies was attacked and needed arms? Our enemies in the UN would have had the power, on paper anyway, to halt those. You can claim intentions all you want but that explains very little about much of what was in the UN proposal. It appeared to me to be a way to curtail US arms sales abroad when needed.

    Some of us actually read what people actually say and don’t need an NRA press release to see what that was. An affront to American liberty and power.

  • Anonymous

    This is NO lie. Its the truth…and has been reported by several news sources.

  • Anonymous

    Show me in the text of the bill where it states the UN could halt legitimate arms sales.  It curtails arms sales when they are used as straw purchuses to supply people who can’t get them legally.  Furthermore, it only applies to international trade, not domestic trade.  No where in the bill is there any mention of monitoring, regulating or prohibiting any American from owning a gun or buying ammunition.  La Pierre just ratchets up the rhetoric, the politicians pander to their base, by somehow, claiming they are protecting them from the UN, and poorly informed lemmings buy it. 

  • Anonymous

    Ryan’s original plan was to phase out Medicare by issuing vouchers for private health insurance.  It proved so unpopular, he was forced to re-write it and push the voucher system farther out.  But the bottom lineis, he does want to end Medicare as we know it.  But, hey, don’t believe me, look up the CBO’s report on it.

  • Anonymous

    Medicare as we know it is going to end anyway if we don’t do something.  Democrats need to learn that Obama has already done what they accuse Republicans of trying to do.  He gutted Medicare to the tune of 700 billion dollars.  Democrats have no grounds to say anything about medicare.  You’ve already robbed it to pay for Obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    Jeez, can you not read?  “Unauthorized end users” referenced in several articles refer to registering sales to “authorized” individuals, the end users.  As an arms importer, the US would have to give lists of “end users”, not shops, to the UN, effectively forcing US citizens to register certain weapons with foreign entities.  And do you seriously want me to list the article number for things that should be in there and are not?  Seriously?  No acknowledgement of an individual’s right to bear arms, no recourse if one of our enemies is attacked, weird PC language about women and children, no definition of “war crimes”, etc.  I could go on and on.

  • Anonymous

    In fact, the draft affirms the “sovereign right and responsibility of any State (country) to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems.”  Unless the Senate votes with a 2/3rds majority to overturn the 2nd Amendment, and that isn’t going to happen, it won’t affect us.  It’s just fear mongering.  Don’t buy it.

  • Anonymous

    More misinformation.  Every credible news source, i.e. NOT Fox or Rush, has debunked Romney and Ryan’s statements regarding this.  Check Politfact, Mediamatters, Factcheck or any of the other non-profit objective news sources.