Originally Posted by OhBeeHave
I believe the OP is upset because NYS taxpayer money went to the ANG to help purchase this facility for parkland, only to learn that the general public (whose tax dollars helped defray expenses) can not use the park they helped save.
If that is the case, then why shouldn't the poster be peeved?
Hell, folks with long money aren't called "privileged" for nothing.
These extra "perks" don't seem quite fair to me.
Also, as used here, terms like "riff raff", "bad elements" and such seem to imply that folks who can afford to live there, or higher income folk in general, are necessarily good and moral as opposed to lower-income folk and immigrants (I don't use the term "aliens" as I associate that moreso with some outerspace movie type stuff.)
I'v seen this faulty "income/good character" implication on other threads throughout this site.
The truth of the matter is that income and finances do not determine character and/or sound mind.
I've a background in mental health and I've counseled children, teens and adults from various economic backgrounds, from the lowest to the highest, from shelters to luxurious living, and as someone who has also lived various lifestyles myself, I have news for some of you -
although there may be more street crime (open drug dealing, crimes associated with drug use, muggings and and such) in lower-income areas,
there are some very sad stories and horrendous crimes taking place behind big pillars and within the walls of beautiful, luxurious homes.
Some folks on this board DO come off snooty, pretentious
and in some threads prejudiced as well.
Instead of anybody being offended, sometimes we need to check our thinking and see if we're prejudging and embracing stereotypes and all.