After reading the article about the people running for city council, my first question is who will pay for all these very good ideas? How can people get jobs if they are not trying to get a job or even want to work at all? All this training needed for these jobs, why aren’t the employers either paying for the training or providing it themselves?
With all of the vacant houses and commercial buildings scattered throughout the city, who exactly is trying to fill them? Give some type of incentive to local citizens who can talk to employers locally or out of town and state to either expand or bring in new companies.
Why not help low-income working people get into some of these vacant homes that can be saved instead of letting them be vandalized and torn up by lazy and criminal people? Local financial businesses should work harder to help low income working people get the finances to buy these older homes which make good starter homes instead of trying to put low income people in $200,000 homes which they could not even think about how they could get finances to buy, let alone maintain.
Do like Habitat for Humanity does; make the people put in so many hours of work to fix these houses up, attend classes on how to budget, pay bills and maintain the houses, teach them where they can get help to get back on their feet, make people accountable for their own actions and help turn vacant lots throughout the city into neighborhood gardens and playgrounds maintained by the local citizens.
Paul Conlin, Decatur