Don't blame 'carpetbaggers'

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 1:30 a.m.
A recent letter writer says "carpetbaggers" come into our community, take rent money from the homeless, "commute and pollute" and take local jobs.
He should rethink his position. Many are homeless by their own choosing. Sure, there are situations where this does not apply, but it is the exception rather than the rule.
This is America, where everyone has the freedom to do as they choose. Why are a select few so concerned about a truly small percentage of our population that they support higher property and fuel taxes to pay for more hand-outs for people who, more often than not, do not want to help themselves?
Before you say those "poor homeless people" can't find work to create that "better life," take a look at the help wanted signs around town; they are everywhere.
As for those of us who commute for work, who fuel the tax base that allows our illustrious government to develop their pet programs, let's stop it all tomorrow. While we are at it, let's also stop all shipments of goods (cars, gas, food, clothing etc.) from elsewhere.
In time I am sure locals would find a way to go on without those "outsiders" who move through our county each day who, as you see it, contribute nothing to our economy personally as they help to sustain those who do.
Andy Owens, Gainesville

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