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Don’t be sucked in by shrieking meanies crying “FOUL” on the GHA’s plan for affordable housing. They are NOT telling you the truth. Rebuilding the lost units as stand-alone structures will create homes for children, not free gifts to junkies. The vitriol on the Galveston Daily News comment boards is just unremitting hatefulness.
And to the person who told me that we shouldn’t have public housing on a barrier island because during an evacuation it would be “such a burden for those without transportation or a place to go when they leave,” I say watch your back. What are you going to say when somebody decides you’re too OLD to evacuate yourself? Are you prepared to move? Your argument puts the notion of efficiency before the people’s desire to live where they were born, grew up, lived and loved. There are Central and West Texas legislators who feel exactly the same way you do. But they say that the island has had its windstorm rates subsidized for way too long, so get ready for a 200% rate hike.
I wonder if you see a distinction between you (the worthy) and lower income folks (unworthy)?
I moved from Galveston to Atlanta last February. I love my island and quickly adopted the habit of reading the Galveston Daily News online a couple of times a week to appease my homesickness.
It didn’t take long for me to notice a pattern in the online comments about a few apparently salacious subjects: the democratically elected yet unpaid Mayor & City Council, who should live on the island and who should pick them (seriously?), East End-West End relations, Houston area collaboration, progress in general… okay, change of any kind. The public remarks were and are consistently negative, critical, angry, bitter, regressive, and completely not helpful. It made me sad to think the island that showed so much promise and was given seemingly endless opportunity to improve after Hurricane Ike was instead in the radical free-fall that the comments implied.