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This place is changing

This place is changing

To the Editor:

This past year plus has been challenging for us all due to a nasty global virus. It has caused multiple catastrophic problems affecting our personal life along with the global economy. While we are far from a full recovery yet, many of our businesses have successfully reinvented themselves and others sadly have not. Hundreds of new businesses are thriving the old-fashioned way due to innovation and new ideas.  

The bad news is as very spoiled Americans we are not accustomed to the recent shortages of goods and products in the stores or parts needed for production. Then to see in the news now that many workers are going on strike and may worsen the current situation it seems nothing is getting better. I for one support the millions of employees who are standing up for better wages, a living wage. I appreciate the courage they are demonstrating to ask for a better quality of life for their families. 

In this great country how is it possible that there are no affordable homes for the average workers who have to hold down three jobs to make ends barely meet. Affordable childcare does not exist and medical care is challenging. During this unique time that we’re in that will eventually pass the little people have to take a stand against the corporate billionaires who have been getting away for decades now with wage suppression. It is past time for average, hard-working Americans to make a good salary that will ensure there is no need for food assistance, welfare or other charity handouts.  

Here in Haywood County, with the enormous influx of new residents who have purchased homes for three times what they are actually worth, is just one example of how they affected the market for the regular folk that live here. Now I notice many more BMWs, Mercedes, Range Rovers, etc., on Russ Avenue and cannot help but wonder how much our little town is changing. And the same thing is happening in all the other counties around here. Will the low-paying jobs here combined with no affordable homes drive the workforce away?  

Mylan Sessions 

Balsam 

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