The number of U.S. military bases in 130-plus countries is now more than 800, while our national debt is $16.7 trillion, with 14 million Americans officially unemployed, 45 million of our population on food stamps, and finally, 1,400 millionaires who paid no income taxes last year.
Factor all of these numbers for the lowest common denominator and you easily get insanity. This will likely mean more global warming as basic change in the political economic system responsible heats up.
A solution needed for 'special events' house
Local government should serve the interests of the public fairly. In Martinsburg, city government is controlled by business owners, whose interests take precedence over all others.
My neighborhood, in a "historic district" is zoned "residential." Three years ago the Board of Zoning Appeal, headed by a banker and a member who owns a tuxedo shop, allowed a large house to be used for "special events" such as wedding receptions and parties.
Constantly these "events" have been extremely loud. Parking congestion leaves residents, including many handicapped, without parking. I've witnessed numerous cases of public intoxication, open container, littering, etc.
I've written to city officials dozens of times. They refuse to do anything, after not replying to my letters. I've called city police nearly 75 times, as late as 2:58 a.m. (for loud music). Others have called. They have taken no action. Many times they do not respond.
I've written to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission four times -- no response. I've written to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey twice -- no response.
This situation has caused me very severe health problems. Other neighbors are suffering. What is the solution?