Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tough times out there

To no one's surprise, I'm becoming a curmudgeon in my old age. I see our country going down the tubes, while the rich laugh all the way to the bank, because of unfair laws, absurd wars, and because we are not educating our children.

We hear the talking heads say that the economy is getting better, but I don't believe it and I think we are in for a difficult winter. I placed an ad for a personal assistant yesterday and received over 40 applications within one hour, with more coming in constantly.

I had to serve my first eviction notice to one of my tenants in years yesterday, after giving them every last chance to pay their rent. A promised education loan didn't come through and so their finances are a mess and the young couple can't pay the rent and their bills on one part time construction income which has also been cut down.

Another potential tenant is losing her apartment for her and her 4 kids on November 1 because her house is being foreclosed on and the owner has to get her out. She has bad credit so it is difficult for her to find a place. Even in these tough times, finding decent affordable housing is difficult.

I hope things are better for you, my readers, but we need to educate our youth, teach financial literacy, instill the values of true friendship and forego cheap marketing and commercialism. Meanwhile, the City and State continue to give tax breaks to rich developers while we cut jobs and raise taxes. I felt a bit of guilt as I happened to be in NH recently and Clara and I took advantage to buy a new TV and grill. It isn't good that I should relish the fact that my state government lost out on $25 of sales tax, but the Scrooge in me was rubbing my hands together with joy.

Have a nice day!

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