Regarding the “Searching for Solutions” headline in the Oct. 3 edition of your paper, I offer the following suggestions and comments to Mr. Boyce, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Barton, Mr. Driver and Mr. Reighard:
We can start this “tiny house” scam by having each of you place one or more of these “eyesores” in your backyard. You can then employ these people, out of your own pocket, by firing those you may now employ who care for your yard, wash your windows and the like. Your neighbors can also fire their current “hardworking and dependable” help and employ these “icons of proven accomplishment” to care for their property and community. After all, those you fire can take care of themselves.
I would like to know who will pay the property taxes, the insurance, the utilities and the maintenance on these “tiny eyesores.” Do city and county law permit this sort of thing? Do neighborhood covenants allow for this? How many families can live in one of these tiny huts? Try placing one of these “tiny estates” in your driveway and see what your neighbors have to say … but who cares what they think. After all , their concept of community is “Just Barbaric.”
Mr. Boyce, this handout is going to involve a lot of work, a lot of oversight, a lot of risk and there is a better way. The city and county can just hire these folks and they can pay their own way. We can solve the homeless problem cross the nation just by giving these people a county job. The taxpayers will end up paying for it one way or the other. It is just another “handout.” Where is the money going to come from? Just take it out of the Cobb County Retirement Fund. You see, not funding the retirement fund is actually the same as taking money out of the fund … it is easy … I think it has been going on for years.
Thomas A. Mays