Crazy or what?

Something is terribly wrong. I run a two-bedroom unit in Alameda. Today, if I were renting it, my whole income would go to rent leaving $84 for food, utilities, car insurance, etc. Also I never thought I would ever live in a house that cost $1 million. Now I can see why people who work have to live in their cars. Three units on my block the same as mine each rent for $4,500 per month. 

When I moved here in 1998 I paid $300,000 for my home. Today, I could not afford to buy my house at almost $1 million. I talked to one of the renters next door. He told me his employer pays his rent. He said he is an engineer that he owes so much money for his education, he will never be able to buy property. He also said that when he was growing up he and his mother were homeless for two years.

What kind of a country has America become with millions of people — including veterans —living in cardboard boxes on the street? Millions have no medical coverage or care and no pensions. College tuition is prohibitive. 

Now really, I ask you, has this country gone crazy or what? 


Elizabeth Prosser