Just since Monday there have been 4 armed robberies of banks or businesses in the area as reported by WAFF. Not to mention attempted child abductions within 5 miles of my house, and the shooting of two police officers in Madison county. A couple of weeks ago thieves went on a ATV theft spree and stole multiple 4-wheelers from multiple neighbors.
My mother has been calling me in the evenings and asking, "Are you guys still okay?"
On Thanksgiving I told here I didn't want to stay gone from my house too long for fear of someone breaking in or robbing us. She laughed and thought I was being paranoid. After the past week's worth of crimes she doesn't think it is funny anymore.
I'm sure things are bad other places as well, but I have never seen such a steep spike in crimes the way I have recently. Some might say the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. I believe I would just say what should we expect to happen?
We have become a detached, out of touch, uncaring society with almost no sense of community. It seems most younger people these days grow up with a sense of entitlement, thinking the world owes them something. They have been raised to think everyone is a "beautiful, unique snowflake" who shouldn't have to get their hands dirty. Now we find our state farmers facing economic ruin because of our bigoted need to find a scapegoat for our monetary woes. Americans won't work for minimum wage doing back-breaking work that hispanics were happy to have. And they don't want to hear about it either.
Farmer Guiseppe Peturis has a small operation — growing mostly vegetables on his family's 20-acre farm in Belforest, Ala. — and selling them on the corner in front of his house. His retail business has suffered since he appeared on the local news saying Alabamians don't want to do hard farm work... Peturis says he's tried to hire through the state unemployment office before, but didn't have much success. "Two of them left in 30 minutes; didn't even tell us they [were] going to leave," Peturis says. "One worked an hour and says it was too hard on his back."
I'm not saying I'm all in favor of illegals or anything. I don't think there is an easy answer, but I do think this new law is not it. I think it is assinine that my hard working, educated, caring wife busts her ass working in a hospital taking care of other people's babies, a good percentage of which don't pay a dime to the hospital thanks to being either illegal or on medicare or welfare, but if we decide to have another baby the current insurance the hospital makes available to us would require us to pay $2000+ out of pocket as a co-pay. She had to go to the emergency room because of a newly developed allergy to Tylenol that we didn't know about, it ended costing us $280 co-pay, when it would have cost anyone off the street without insurance $300. This is insurance that we pay for mind you. I guess that is what you get when you become the opposite of a Not-for-profit Hospital.
That is a side rant though. To my original thoughts... Seems like this area is becoming the Wild West. Load your guns and hunker down. I imagine as always: Things will get worse before they get better.
With so many people unemployed, under-employed, or just plain under-paid (ECM Nurses), times are lean all across the board for the most part. Rather than resorting to crime we should just live within our means; it is time to cut back and live simpler. Folks today need to do their best to not end up "owing their soul to the company store" if you know what I mean. Don't get in over your head on debts and credit cards if possible. Cut non-essentials as best you can. Budget wisely. All easy things to type, but not as easy to follow, believe me, I know. Now as much as ever is the time for Possum Living. Don't end up in a situation where you have to rob a pawn shop or pharmacy to make ends meet...
Get dirty. Do some things for yourself. Never think you are any better than someone else. RWE:
Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar?Never ask someone else to do for you what you can do for yourself. And never rob them either...
It is this : Every man I meet is my master
in some point, and in that I learn of him.