No affordable housing in the community

Editor,

I have to give thumbs up to the person who wrote in the paper a few weeks ago about putting a ban on overnight rentals. There is no affordable housing here so people can come in to go to work. Every business in town is shorthanded and if this keeps up businesses will have to close because they can’t survive on one shift; they need two shifts to make it worth staying open.

Take Denney’s, for example. They were a 24-hour restaurant, now they are opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m., yet the city and county councils can double their wages while the employees of Moab are working for low wages.

You people are not taking care of the local community whatsoever. You don’t even give us a second thought, especially when we are the ones paying your wages. You people don’t even spend 40 hours a week in those offices, so it is a real crying shame to more than double your wages.

Folks of the community can’t even make enough to rent a place, so they are forced to live out of their cars. They aren’t allowed to park on the streets or even in a parking lot just to get some sleep. It is because of people like you that has put people out of homes, because you feel this need to get rid of these small trailer parks, and I know two, just to put more motels in you have a home to go to but God forbid if someone parks on a street or in a parking lot just so they can go to sleep.

All of you better wake up and smell the coffee and start doing something about the housing problem and quit sweeping it under the carpet. This is a huge problem in case you haven’t noticed. As the saying goes, the rich get richer and poor get poorer.

You are the ones who have ruined this community. I know of local folks moving out of here because they can’t afford to live here anymore. Oh, let’s not forget you people don’t have to worry about anything like that because you all have cushy homes to go to. Again, let’s forget about the locals that don’t have a home to go to for low wages.

Everything in this town is expensive, so we either have to go out of town to shop or shop online. Our wages do not meet the cost of living, so therefore we are forced to shop where we get more for our money. Oh, by the way, everybody wants to make a stink about the Love’s station. I love the idea. At least it isn’t nightly rentals going in and we need a truck stop.

Also, San Juan will be getting the taxes from them, not Grand County, because all you people can focus on is to keep on building nightly rentals. Oh and you had to rename the valley South Moab, so you get what you ask for, not to mention we do not have any kind of shopping here let alone affordable shopping. Locals don’t want to buy touristy stuff especially since we sell it. Who wants to wear it.

– Kerrie Bertwell
Grand County