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March 10, 2013
Salem News

Roses to Salem council member Dave Nestic for this: "People at all income levels have the right to quality housing." His words came during Tuesday's city council meeting when rezoning requests were discussed regarding the proposed apartment complex on the east end. Might come as news to some but not everyone toiling for low wages is living via Section 8 subsidized housing which, incidentally, the proposed Salem Pointe development won't be. Low income doesn't mean no income. Low income housing isn't always slumming. Many of those with low incomes aren't bums or deadbeats. Most keep up with their homes and yard. There are hundreds of upstanding citizens - hard-working and good Salem people?- who don't make much money. But they pay their taxes. They raise their families just like some of our town's more affluent. Sometimes even better. They deserve to live where they want to live and can afford. Despite facing daily economic restraints, some somehow manage to squirrel away money to send kids off to college. They don't live off the government dole of so-called entitlements. The last time we checked there wasn't a caste or some kind of social strata - at least not officially - system in place in Salem. Although some out there would probably support one. Those passing unfair judgments on others all the time should expel their energies on more important goings on. Like the rampant drug problem in our city. It is affecting rich, poor and all in between.



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