The Cost of Living in Paradise

Those of us lucky enough to live in Moore County know we’ve got it good. Some even call it paradise. As any Eagles fan knows, “they call it paradise, I don’t know why, you call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.”

I think the following excerpt from a Fayetteville Observer article "Economy is a worry even in paradise" exemplifies how our little slice of paradise is threatened.

Mary Jakucyk can be charming.

She has crystal-clear blue eyes, soft and smooth skin. And a disdain for Obama.

She’s not keen on McCain, either.

But as for Obama, ask and this retired science teacher from Northbrook, Ill., will tell you just what she thinks. Including a myth disputed even by the candidate she grudgingly supports.

“Mr. Obama is a Muslim,” she says. “Period. He’s trying to tell he’s a Christian. I’m a Christian.”

And, she says, a Republican.

“I’m tired of raising other people’s children,” she says, alluding to what she sees as welfare-happy Democrats.

Jakucyk and her husband have lived here eight years, and she’ll admit the economy is a concern.

“We live on what we’ve got in the stock market,” she says.

This is the kind of crap we have to deal with from many people who retired and moved here. It just keeps getting worse. I suppose it is the price we must pay to live in a desirable area, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. I don't know where I'll go once they totally ruin this place.


The hubs grew up here and I moved up from Miami

in 1975. It was forest everywhere and I wondered at first if we made the right decision. I quickly grew to love the area and it's peace and beauty.

I saw Miami change from cow pastures everywhere as far as the eye could see into housing developments as far as the eye could see. When that started here I worried that the same jerks that moved into South Florida and constantly wrote in the Miami Herald, "where I came from, we did it this way....." would move here too.

Now all I can think of is the song by Joni Mitchell....They Paved Paradise, Put up a Parking Lot.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot SPOT
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don't know what you’ve got
‘Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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At least Miami has Carl Hiaasen

Hiaasen writes great books and a great column in the Miami Herald. If, as the News and Observer reports more NC newcomers come from Florida than anywhere else, maybe we can get Carl Hiaasen to move here too and start writing about our idiots and crooks. He could start with the astroturfing clowns running the NC Association of Realtors.