Councilman McCartney

I recently read about Councilman David McCartney in The Baytown Sun.

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I was troubled when I read these editorials regarding Councilman David McCartney and his mobile-home park. In fact, I was so disturbed and moved by the articles that I decided to drive by and look at the properties from the road. It appears the proprietor of this mobile-home park referenced in the editorials meets the typical definition of a “slumlord.” A “slumlord” is an absentee landlord who fails to maintain or improve the property. The mobile homes are in poor condition. And what little grass/weeds in the park is overgrown. The gravel road running through the park is rather treacherous. Common areas looked in deplorable condition, such as trash, broken mailboxes, and vacant trailers in shambles.

We are fortunate to live in a country that provides some poverty-relief programs. Many of these programs focus on building up families, encouraging healthy lifestyles,  and fostering education and skill training. The poor have enough problems than to have to endure a landlord that shatters any hope of defeating poverty.

But the story does not end here. When confronted by KPRC in Houston about the dilapidated trailer park, Mr. McCartney had the audacity to say, ” ‘[m]aybe I’m a little too compassionate with people. I have a hard time throwing a long-term resident out on the street. ‘ ”

Yet, he is not ‘too compassionate’ to maintain the property in an adequate manner. And he is not ‘too compassionate’ to renovate a blight on the city—the city that he purports to serve.

Some say our county, and the Baytown community was established with Christian morals and standards. The Bible talks a lot about the poor and  is filled with examples of Jesus’ concerns for the poor and helping others.  Luke, Zechariah, 1 John, 1 Corinthians have examples of this.

For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’  Deuteronomy 15:11

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