I see the editorial staff has found the economic statistics again and is bemoaning the “poverty” in our area. Yes, $11,500 salary for a single is low, and it is also illegal, about $5.52 per hour. So one fifth of our single people are in this condition? I don't think so. Better check how those statistics are derived.
I think most of these are young people living at home or with other young room mates, or part timers or students. Also, in our service cash economy hardly anybody reports all their tips and income earned. Then we have our illegal underground economy here. I suggest you look at per capita spending rather than income. Business is good here.
For the few who are actually living in poverty, there seems to be no end to social services like food stamps, not to mention food pantries and other charities. Most low income families with children are receiving family support like housing.
Regarding our county-paid Economic Development Corp. team, hardly any new industries or jobs have been attracted here by them, but in the meantime, fast food and other small businesses are popping up everywhere, not to mention the continued influx of retirees. Now that is economic stimulus. While the effort is commendable, do we really want a lot of gun manufacturers coming here? Is that the image we want for our visitors?
My concern is that if we don't continue to improve our local infrastructure and traffic issues, our visitors will go elsewhere. Along that line, my latest pet peeve is the proliferation of these huge ugly rusting electrical transmission towers. How were these eyesores ever permitted to be put in place. There must be some way we can spray paint them with a lighter color. It seems to be a waste of time to beautify our highways when we have to look at that.