Time to quit waiting for somebody to help you and start helping yourself.
I still hear it every day down here. People are still looking for a handout due to numerous different hurricanes.
It only took 3 afternoons of work to help a neighbor fix his fence. I was more than happy to help - it was right after the hurricane and we didn't have power, so there wasn't much else to do anyway.
Almost a full year later the guy next door to him still comes out and complains that the government hasn't come by to put up a new fence :wideeyed:
Iowa City flooding photos: Then and now | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register
Some neat comparison pictures in this article. I find it funny that 1 year later the road construction sign is still in the exact same place. Second picture.
I'm in CR and I've been very unimpressed with the city/state support. The PEOPLE have been great - lots of volunteers and donations, the governing bodies have been ridiculous. 365 days since the flood and people still don't know if their house is to be bulldozed or not? Or what they're getting ouit of it? This is one of the poorest parts of town, where a house is about all people can claim for equity. embarrassing. We have a mayor that sleeps through meetings (literally) a govenor that only has shown his face when national dignitaries are in town and a city that has been terribly slow about distributing funds.
I'm all for people helping themselves ... but I have nothing but sympathy after witnessing this mess of human confusion.
Happy you thought better of that Jon.
I'm not saying people aren't deserved of government aid, but at some point these folks need to realize that the aid they request is not going to come in a timely fashion. At this point, people need to look at alternatives. Things look bleak, but individuals do have the power to make their own kind of music.
Ok ... family barely above the poverty line, only asset is thier house. It is wiped out.
The are still making mortgage payments. Options:
A) take bankruptcy: Unable to secure credit for a new home because of the credit score knockout blow
1) Also all available rentals are pretty well taken in CR - most will probably pay more the rent than they did to own their home.
B) Sell their homes - most are selling for $1,000 - $2000 right now.
C) Sit and Wait for a possible buyout buy the city. Struggle to maintain rent costs and the mortgage on the ****-worthless house
Just to make everybody feel better the city sent out "lawn mowing" notices of fines on flood victims last week. Cut your grass or else!
It was embarrassingly pointed out that the city hadn't mowed many of the flooded areas IT owns. Which was blamed on "hard times" "not enough $". touche-bags
IMO a real ignorant comment on your part. Did you do anything to help out last year? Fill sandbags? Help someone pack up their lives to evacuate? Or were you someone who was unaffected so you just sat and watched on CNN?
How about instead of sitting around and blaming the state and local authorities for this we do something that will actually make a difference: blame Bush! Hey, it worked on the Gulf coast... :jimlad:
Sandbagging definitely sucked, glad I haven't had to do any of that yet this summer. Last summer just sucked all around, tornados and floods galore...people need to realize the floods affected many people out there in many different ways and to just lump everyone into a "there lazy and need to fix stuff theirselves" or "they should get everything handed to them" group is very unfair. There are many different situations out there we can all just hope the aid comes more quickly to the people who truly need it and if you are in places like CF, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, etc. Maybe lend a hand where you see a chance.
I live in Cedar Rapids. There are some people who were affected that are waiting for a handout, but the overwhelming majority have been fighting and scrapping. The disappointing part to me is the city government and its near total reliance on state and federal government. It is time for the city to look at generating additional revenue. For example, investors have been dying to put riverboats on the Cedar River for years. At the time, the tax revenue would have funded a complete refurbish of the downtown, fully funded the library and science center, and had money left over. Maybe now the money could be used for flood recovery and flood-proofing the city. But no, all our pathetic city government does is sit and ***** that the Feds aren't giving us enough cash. It is time to start thinking outside the box and to stop waiting for handouts.