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No wonder

September 9, 2013

It's no wonder we have so many homeless people. I have been looking for affordable places to rent, and honestly can' seem to find any. I'm a single grandma raising three of my grandchildren....

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Garben78

Sep-09-13 4:19 AM

Or perhaps you just move to another area? As I'm sure no one is going to lower your rent price just because you wrote a letter to the editor

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gavinf56

Sep-09-13 5:24 AM

There has to be more to this story but this seems to be a large part of the problem, "I'm a single grandma raising three of my grandchildren.".

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 5:49 AM

It's always nice to hear from (local) "God fearin'" Christians, so promptly...when someone describes a present-need!!!

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Capricorn1

Sep-09-13 6:38 AM

Ms. Logue is always looking for good tenants such as this woman. Perhaps she has something nice available to help this woman?

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enigma

Sep-09-13 7:04 AM

I agree with Gavin. Where are the parents? These kids obviously had two of them at some point. Why is Grandma raising them? I feel for this woman, but the bottom line is that bad choices make for bad circumstances. Sounds like she's had her share of both.

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CaveFelem

Sep-09-13 7:12 AM

Before we jump to judge, it could be the children's parents were killed in an accident, or overseas serving in the military. Or yes, they could have just checked out and are on drugs, in jail, whatever.

Bottom line is - at least someone is trying to look out for these kids. Hopefully someone will see this and know who can help.

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Johndis

Sep-09-13 7:14 AM

Grandma steps up to the plate in a way that many wouldn't. Enigma assumes grandmama must have made bad decisions that led to this situation. How do you know, wise one? Share your source of knowledge.

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Capricorn1

Sep-09-13 7:20 AM

Johndis I believe enigma was stating that she is in her position as a result of bad choices by others, such as her grandkid's parents.

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nobud74

Sep-09-13 7:37 AM

I think it's great that grandma has taken on the parenting of 3 kids, no matter how that came to be. Good suggestion Cap, maybe Mim does have something available. But, the real question is, how much is grandma able to pay and is that realistic in the market today? She wants a house, so she stated, and that will need to be at least 2, maybe three bedrooms depending on the gender of the children. I can't believe this would be a cheap option in any market. Good luck, gram, hope it works out for you.

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spike2

Sep-09-13 7:38 AM

Does anyone know where there might be an affordable house or half-double? Sounds like she is in need of 3 bedrooms. Maybe the writer could tell us what she can afford and some of the landlords could tell us what is available. I don't think raising 3 grandchildren is indicative of anything. The fact is, she is doing it. I agree with Cave - she stepped up.

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CitizenQ

Sep-09-13 8:02 AM

Good post Spike. It angers me to see people immediately judging her situation (without knowledge) rather than trying to offer a solution. God Bless her for taking on this responsibility. Along with hoping a landlord will step up, I'd suggest she also check with some local churches and get the word out for her needs.

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CMReeder

Sep-09-13 8:09 AM

Sorry but this complaint is nothing new recently. Since they have open up gas drilling rents went up sharply. This is not the first letter to say as much.

I agree with CaveFelem, certain people assumed too much about this woman situation. Hardworking people can not afford the basicsn but it is assume it is all their fault.

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Capricorn1

Sep-09-13 8:28 AM

Mim, if you're reading these comments, is there anything you can do for this woman and her grandkid's? I know she is looking for a house, but perhaps a nice apartment with two or three bedrooms for a family of four would meet her needs.

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enigma

Sep-09-13 8:46 AM

"Enigma assumes grandmama must have made bad decisions that led to this situation. How do you know, wise one?" - Johndis

I didn't assume that grandma was the one who made the bad decisions, only that bad decisions had been made. Bad decisions by others can lead to bad circumstances for you. That is why I said that I feel for this 'single grandma'. Obviously, unless she kidnapped the kids or murdered the parents, this is not all her fault. Whoever is to blame, there are many fine private charities out there who can help. Hopefully one of them will see this letter and contact her. But, please pardon me for pointing out that decisions have consequences, sometimes far reaching consequences.

BTW, Thanks for recognizing my wisdom.

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SteelerFan

Sep-09-13 8:49 AM

I have a lot of respect and compassion for this woman who stepped up and did the right thing to try and give the youngsters a better chance.

Mim, you've been called out here. Time for you to step up and try to help.

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BornHere

Sep-09-13 8:50 AM

Sometimes when I read stories like this I wish I still had my rental properties there, because I would rent to this women and her grandchildren. She is trying to give these children a better life and all she is running into is roadblocks. This is truly someone who needs help and is not receiving it, I respect her for what she is trying to do and I am sorry that I cannot help her.

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Zippie

Sep-09-13 9:18 AM

We go to war overseas in the near future and send our young men and women, there will be a lot of empty places for rent/sale. On the other hand, if we do, they may come here and blow up all the homes and rental units.

Some people jack the rents out of greed, others to keep sub-par renters out.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:18 AM

"I agree with Gavin. Where are the parents? These kids obviously had two of them at some point. Why is Grandma raising them? I feel for this woman, but the bottom line is that bad choices make for bad circumstances. Sounds like she's had her share of both." - enigma

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So...you're saying what...that, because "bad choices make for bad circumstances"...she's obligated to stand-IN for her son/daughter, and CARRY those "bad circumstances" in-LIEU-of her son/daughter???

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:29 AM

"Johndis I believe enigma was stating that she is in her position as a result of bad choices by others, such as her grandkid's parents." - Capricorn1

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...As if everyone (else) hadn't (already) figured-that-out.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:34 AM

"Good luck, gram, hope it works out for you." - nobud74

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I think...rather than "Good luck"...she'd be better-advised to make her appeal to the local Full-Time Christians; The Salvation Army.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:39 AM

"Maybe the writer could tell us what she can afford..." - spike2

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I think it's safe, to assume, her's might have been a handwritten-letter.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:45 AM

"I didn't assume that grandma was the one who made the bad decisions, only that bad decisions had been made. Bad decisions by others can lead to bad circumstances for you. That is why I said that I feel for this 'single grandma'." - enigma

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No, you didn't. You said:

"I agree with Gavin. Where are the parents? These kids obviously had two of them at some point. Why is Grandma raising them? I feel for this woman, but the bottom line is that bad choices make for bad circumstances. Sounds like she's had her share of both."

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It sounded, MORE, like you were rubbing-her-nose in her "bad circumstances"!!!!

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Capricorn1

Sep-09-13 9:47 AM

So...you're saying what...that, because "bad choices make for bad circumstances"...she's obligated to stand-IN for her son/daughter, and CARRY those "bad circumstances" in-LIEU-of her son/daughter??? Shaman

Shaman some people choose to do things because they know it's the right thing to do and they have a big heart. Not because they feel obligated. In spite of what you believe, there are still good people in this country, both liberal and conservative. I had to throw that in there because I'm sure a tea party comment was coming next.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 9:56 AM

"This is truly someone who needs help and is not receiving it, I respect her for what she is trying to do and I am sorry that I cannot help her." - BornHere

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You could "flag" The Salvation Army (regarding this letter). I'm sure the S-G could make her address available, to them. You could also make a donation, to The Salvation Army, to help "cover" their efforts.

I'm always amazed at how "puzzled" ("God-fearin' "conservative") "Christians" get...when it comes to helping other-people...yet, how CREATIVE they can get, when they figure someone "needs" to be punished.

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MrShaman

Sep-09-13 10:01 AM

Sep-09-13 9:18 AM

"We go to war overseas in the near future and send our young men and women, there will be a lot of empty places for rent/sale. On the other hand, if we do, they may come here and blow up all the homes and rental units." - Zippie

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Whew!!!!! Your brain (STILL) isn't fully-functioning, BY 9:18 AM??!!!!!!!

Your letter (actually) made sense, to you??

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