By Beverly Gadson-Birch
As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head. So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article?
Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place – Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they have no place to go. People should have a right to do whatever they wish with their property, right? I would think so. Well, some folks differ. Property owners certainly pay enough taxes, insurance, and maintenance to stake claim but I have lived long enough to know that property is titled but not owned. Do we really own anything? If I own the little piece of property my house sits on, why is zoning so involved in every move I make down to the color I paint the exterior and interior of my home? And, if zoning isn’t getting up in my business, my Homeowner’s Association certainly is. My Homeowner’s Association is even worse than zoning. Where did they get so much power? I am still trying to figure that one out. The Association decides the type of fence I can construct and the type of driveway among other things. Well, y’all get the picture.
Sure, there must be restrictions because believe me, there are some colorful folks out there who would paint their house black or bright red if it was left up to them. So, what’s going on with the Ashleyville Mobile Home Park residents? I certainly feel their pain. I grew up right across the highway in Marysville. Everyone on my street owned their own homes. It was a struggle keeping up with the notes but none of our neighbors lost their home. It was like a badge of honor to own a home. There were a few mobile homes in my area but when they outlived their usefulness were replaced with brick and mortar homes. Changes are inevitable and provisions must be made to assist the elderly. You can’t just kick folks out of their homes.
According to news reports and my drive through the area, many of the homes will not survive a move. They have served their usefulness but the residents cannot afford to replace them. And, I am willing to betcha if they tried to secure a loan, the banks will turn their backs on them as if they had the plague. Some residents cannot afford to move and others are just devastated about relocating. Do we have anyone willing to step up to the plate to find housing solutions for the residents?
Developers are in the business of making money. However, they should make every effort to assist the long-time residents in relocating. Although, they don’t have to. It’s just the right thing to do.
Bailey Drive Home Fire Not Accidental – A few days ago while watching the news, a Bailey Drive home was engulfed in fire. While firefighters worked to save the home, a male body was discovered. The death is now being investigated as a homicide. What in the world is happening in North Charleston? I can’t blink or think before there is another killing.
Gearing Up for the Governor’s Race – Say what? We don’t have a Governor? That’s the way it seems. McMaster is filling out former Governor Nikki Haley’s term. I have heard very little from the Governor since taking office. Y’all Democrats had better get to steppin’. Dem Republican boys ain’t wasting no time getting their ducks in a row. And speaking of race, Rep. Seth Whipper is stepping down to assume a magistrate’s position. I am sure the cats are going to come out of the bag to compete for his seat. Let’s send a replacement with experience to Columbia. We don’t need a novice. Charleston is becoming almost too expensive to live in, roads too rough to travel, taxes too high to afford a decent place and education too polarized to be effective.
Stop the Killings! Did I get it right! Did someone get killed over a pitbull? Y’all please tell me that is hearsay! What ‘da heck is going on with these senseless killings?
Finally, Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful fathers out there.