Letter: A little fixer-upper
As a homeowner and carpenter in my beloved state of new Hampshire for the past 30 years, I’m often thinking of “semi-retirement” now. I think, I ought to sell this place. I’ve outgrown it. It’s too rural for me now.
I’d like to be in a more urban area. Someplace where I could walk to the stores and be involved in community activities. I’d like to help my community; heck, I have a lot to offer.
So I went looking around. I went to Claremont; I think that’s a cool little city. Nice old architecture. It seems just right. I’ll buy an old place near downtown and fix it up.
Then I saw the tax bill on this little fixer-upper. And the water and sewer bill. And the dump fees. And the $300 annual community center fee.
I was shocked to discover that if I used financing for this little project that the property taxes and fees would be more than a mortgage payment!
So I walked around downtown, and I noticed many of the businesses are pawn shops and secondhand stores.
The people living there are trying to sell their stuff to pay taxes and fees! While the city is in ruins!
Isn’t there enough Yankee ingenuity left around here to fix all the complicated problems in a nice little city like Claremont?
I think there is. And we could use Claremont as an example and fix the rest of America.
If I were any political office holder in Claremont, I’d be too embarrassed to accept any pay.