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We can’t make it here

Rent issue comes to a head in Williston

November 17, 2013

WILLISTON – Four people waiting in the parking lot at Harmon Park in Williston have spent the last week or so invariably being called “Russians,” “Communists,” “Socialists” and even “trailer trash,”......

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takkak

Nov-20-13 4:05 PM

If people are so hindered by America, they can always try another country. I hear some have free healthcare.

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disgusted

Nov-20-13 10:50 AM

OH, absolutely. Shame was felt by those who received government assistance. Today, it is a badge of honor. Being poor and independent with limited means was a thing of honor.

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takkak

Nov-19-13 8:55 PM

When I grew up people were ashamed of being on assitance, now they are proud of being on it. It is their right. People did not dare proclaim they were on food stamps in my youth, now they smile for pictures with them on facebook. It's a culture of entitlement, where generations have been told they are owed over and over again.

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disgusted

Nov-19-13 3:51 PM

Shame based on being rich or poor? Since when? I thought one would feel shame if they lied, stole, or put shame on oneself when he/she failed to live up to expectations put on by others or self. An honest man is not always rich in monetary wealth, but being trustworthy, having integrity, and being true to his word makes him rich where it counts.

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takkak

Nov-18-13 10:35 PM

There's no shame in being poor like there used to be, now the shame is in being rich.

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disgusted

Nov-18-13 9:25 PM

Economics is economics here or there.

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chadk66

Nov-18-13 7:57 PM

there's a whole lot of difference between the east coast and here.

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chadk66

Nov-18-13 7:57 PM

there's a whole lot of difference between the east coast and here.

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disgusted

Nov-18-13 6:10 PM

chad, Rockville, Maryland was and maybe still is the most expensive place to live in the state. They realized that they needed to provide affordable housing. Every apt complex was a mix of the most expensive to low income apts. It worked well there. Service related jobs are vital for urban living and those low-end income earners need a place to live. There doesn't seem to be a discriminatory aspect.

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takkak

Nov-18-13 5:24 PM

Thanks NoTea4Me... I'm like a professional comedian, except I am not professional nor a comedian.

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Legend

Nov-18-13 8:48 AM

To our leaders--it is up to u to assure the less fortunate don't suffer unreasonably, starve or freeze in our streets. Stop being so giddy about oil and get some religion b4 it is 2 late.

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Legend

Nov-18-13 8:41 AM

Consider the effect of this type of boom throughout history in the U.S. Consider what happens to those when business failures or fraud takes their job and/or steals their retirement investments. The money moves to the top. It becomes understandable why Fed leaders showed compassion and initiated housing programs, Social Security, Medicare, Labor Laws etc. They showed the same compassion a church would by starting a food bank. Then enter the TEA PARTY who say all of this Fed assistance is wrong and the recipients are TAKERS. They would throw the less fortunate into the street. This is exactly where we r today. May God help the less fortunate.

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chadk66

Nov-17-13 5:45 PM

you can make apartments cash flow quite nicely in Williston at 800 a month. you could do it for 600 a month if the property taxes weren't so heinous. So there are opportunities for investors to do apartments for 800 a month if they desired. but nobody desires to do that. so until that happens you won't see lower rents. I don't think it would be legal to force them to provide one unit for a substantially reduced price. that's discriminating against those that can afford it.

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SayWhat

Nov-17-13 12:10 PM

When developers come into a city and build a large residential development, the city usually requires either cash/land be set aside or paid to the city for public space/parks so residents have some green space in their development. I wonder if the city of Williston could do some sort of ordinance that would require any new apartment larger than 24 units, set aside and reserved for at least one low/moderate income family or person? It would be only 1 apartment in the entire complex that the developer or owner would take a hit on, but the impact wouldn't be that great on them. Williston has built nearly 3,000 apartment units in the last 4 years and will probably exceed that in the next few years. Can you imagine how many affordable apartments that would create for Williston? Just a thought.

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chadk66

Nov-17-13 11:18 AM

nor will any of the people that lost their insurance policies actually get it back

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takkak

Nov-17-13 9:17 AM

They had substandard housing before, they just need to realize the new housing is what is best for them. {Heavy Sarcasm Alert}

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rickrod

Nov-17-13 8:21 AM

Its is there right to protest. This Country was started in protest. So the real Socialists are those rich creeps robbing the common person.

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