People need to grow up
and get a real life.
(or at least be poor for a good 10 years
...that will fix them)
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I stumbled across this article by accident while
trying to get the scores of the 2A basketball teams in the state.
http://www.adn.com/front/story/2451673p-2499170c.html is quite the
article and while Rosemary Shinohara, to whom the article is attributed
to, is not necessarily to blame, I hope that the tone and far reaching implications of
this article were examined before it was printed.
As I have been mentioning in several other articles,
I'm working on an article about the media and why their headlines and
stories are made public in the first place so do not write me about the
The article starts off with a valid point, the colors
of the Strawberry Village houses are bright and do stand out.
The color, in fact, is the first thing I noticed about them and I drive by them
several times every day. I believe that the colors are what
drove the article to be published in the first place. The article,
however, goes beyond the colors and this is where people need to grow up
and get a real life.
The first part of the article that stands out in my
mind is Jean Parsons' quote 'This has to be the zenith
of instant slum production." I wonder, Miss Jean, have you ever been poor?
Have you ever had to worry about shelter? If so you would have
gladly lived in such a neighborhood. If you were poor and still
made/make such statements you represent what a lot of what is wrong with
this society. If you were poor you represent the poor people unwilling to accept anything but a silver
spoon and so you stay dirt poor in spite of yourself.
Also, Miss Jean Parsons, you must have missed the
articles, news media and all out mayhem not too long ago
about how Anchorage is "running out of space." Anchorage
(we) spent good
money to get developers into Anchorage to advise us on our land shortage.
Not only is Strawberry Village taking up all the available land, they do so well
within the expanses of some of the richest neighborhoods in town.
Have you ever driven down Klatt Road? I hope you tell them the same
things you tell Strawberry Village because if you don't you are a
hypocrite. Klatt Road houses are just as close together as
Strawberry Village houses.
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The same goes to Joe Del Donno who stated:
"You can literally stand in them and reach from one room into the next."
I think that you need to take a serious pay cut and live on minimum wage
for about 10 years. During that time you will find that you'll be
happy to find a place that has doors, smells decent and is safe let alone
a place that actually has rooms in the first place. Most houses
allow you to stand in one room and reach into the next, normal people call
this area you speak of a doorway.
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People forget what it is
like if they were poor and they never know what it is like if they are/were
never poor. Alaskans (we) are quick to criticize other parties that threaten our way of life in Alaska by
saying "You simply do not understand what it is like to live in
Alaska." On the same
side of the coin there are still Alaskans threatening other Alaskans' way
of life by criticizing their homes, homes that were recently built, well thought out and were approved by the municipality in the first place.
This brings me to another point...where were Joe and Jean
when these houses were being designed and built?
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The poor are oppressed the way it is. If you
don't think so, try being poor. After you have been poor and lived
in poor neighborhood apartments, buy a house in Strawberry Village.
Strawberry Village, a place of your own; you can finally own the place
where you live and forget about throwing away all of that rent money
every month. A place that you can be proud of the place you have
worked for your entire life. The place where you know you can
provide for your children with or without a spouse, while in retirement or
suffering from a disability. Hasn't anyone read The Jungle by
Upton Sinclair? Those of you who criticize such neighborhoods are no
better than the con-artists that ripped off the immigrants.
your item in the classifieds for $10 including color picture, full
write-up, posted for as long as your item is for sale. Items under $100
free, vehicles under $1,000 free.
Strawberry Village, a place where you can buy the local newspaper to be reminded that people don't like the places you can afford or the
fact that they have to live next to a community like "yours." A
place where all the benefits of being in a safe neighborhood are tainted
by the ignorant few that think segregation of the poor isn't the same
thing as segregation of the races.
Joe and Jean and people that agree with them, unless you were misquoted
or misunderstood you need to wake up to reality and try to improve all of
Alaska and not just the parts that only affect you and your interests. It saddens me to
know there actually are people in the world like you. Maybe the
village does need to be repainted but it is just paint. Stop picking
on people that are doing their best improve themselves and fit in without
giving up the qualities that make them unique. GROW UP AND
GET A REAL LIFE.
According to Dictionary.com:
Zenith: 4. The point of culmination; the peak: the
zenith of her career
As used in this article:
Zenith: 1. When used properly by a person, the use of the
word "zenith" denotes the user is an educated idiot.
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Don't email me if you think I am bashing the poor, I'm not, I'm one of
you or might as well be. I'm sticking up for the poor and telling
the more fortunate people that they don't know what they are talking
Before you send any other comments, remember this too: Stupidity
is not in the eye of the beholder. Stupidity is believing that you are not
stupid like the rest of us. And yes, I am doing something about it.
I am posting my opinions for public comment which evokes public thought.
Things may get worse through this "public thought process" but at least
they are changing.
As you may notice in the many articles to come, I absolutely can not
stand people that have an opinion about something they know very little
about or didn't take the time to research before giving their opinion. I
pledge that I will not write a single article about a subject that I don't
know enough about to see several sides of the issue. If you think I am
I'd love to be the first to know about it.
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