by The Dickinson Press
November 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm in The Dickinson Press
Tags: Belfield, letters, Opinion, rent 7 Comments »
It is sad that oil booms rear their greedy heads when they happen. It is the ones that are not associated with the boom that bear the brunt of the negative effects of the boom. The low and fixed income and the students and those who are not associated with the boom are affected the most
Landlords see these booms as a boom to themselves and have no feelings when it comes to the elderly or the single mom. Sad but true.
I don’t know that there is any law that can prevent what is happening and if you want to form a group you must be the leader. You can lobby the legislature for changes but with the Republican super majority that now exists since the election in both houses, I wish you all the luck in the world.
Remember the words of Margaret Mead…”"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Only YOU can start the process of initiating meaningful change. If you leave it to someone else nothing will ever happen.
Greed is sad. Remember…”For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy6:10
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This is what happens in a capitalistic economy and society. It’s also simple supply and demand. It’s the way it has always been and always will be.
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Sylvia is absolutely right. It is pure greed. The same thing happened during the first oil boom. The law of supply and demand has nothing to do with it. The only thing the legislature could do is to pass a law basing rental values on a certain percentage of individual income. Liberalism is not the answer.
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There is a thing called common decency which is being blinded by greed.
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The greed is not just with the landlords look at the prices in the grocery stores and elsewhere it makes me sick that everything is so high. It disturbs me that no one has a conscience and that this is allowed to happen. I do know that the gas stations and such are having a hard time keeping employees as most cannot compete with the wages that the oil patch pays. This may account for some of the prices in the grocery store but it still makes me sick.
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Last week we were in a town north of Dickinson (won’t say which one) and ate at a local resturant. More of a burger joint. The prices were insane. The only reason I could think of why they were so high was because the town has had a large intake of new workers. They are gouging the workers and the locals at the same time.
So it isn’t just rent and grocery prices, it’s everywhere. Gordon Gecko of “Wall Street” fame said “Greed is good”. Well, it isn’t.
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A couple of weeks ago the Williston paper had a great editorial titled: Are you afraid of your landlord?
and last week Kris left a link to the video she made concerning what life is like living on the Western Edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gfoeX6wM4g titled Frack that Oil.
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