Moline Housing Authority says no deco...

Moline Housing Authority says no decorations

There are 19 comments on the WQAD story from Oct 22, 2009, titled Moline Housing Authority says no decorations. In it, WQAD reports that:

Halloween is still a few weeks away, but some people in the Quad Cities say their fun has already faded.

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Davenport, IA

#1 Oct 22, 2009
What counts as a decoration and what counts as free speech or freedom of expression? And why are people really complaining? Mad at an individual or truly offended by decorations?
Ticked off

United States

#2 Oct 22, 2009
I live here and the issue was about a woman posting signs saying she was tapeing people with a camera and she had posted signs on all of her windows saying so .there are so many kids here now that are upset because we cannot have our decorations in the windows .

Morrison, IL

#3 Oct 23, 2009
IF these folk have money for talking skulls and the like, why are we taxpayers subsidizing their rent? If you have $$ for Halloween decorations, don't expect me to pay your freight.

Morrison, IL

#4 Oct 23, 2009
BTW: I don't know why is says I am from Canada. Not so. Resident of ILLINOIS, USA.
People Are People

Cedar Rapids, IA

#5 Oct 23, 2009
Wow, Wondering in Canada!! Are you serious about your statement? What does their income have to do with this article? You've got to be kidding me! Regardless of the financial status, they have rights! You think they shouldn't be allowed to buy decorations, because you pay taxes? Should these folks also sit on the floor and eat off of carbdboard boxes? Crimaneeze!!! Think!!
People Are People

Cedar Rapids, IA

#6 Oct 23, 2009 you really care if someone spent 10 bucks on a talking skull??

Grand Island, NE

#7 Oct 23, 2009
If you dont like the rules then go out and buy your own home and pay property taxes on your own property. Like the rest of us.

Morrison, IL

#8 Oct 23, 2009
Absolutely I mind. If these people want to live off of the taxpayers, they ought to abide by the rules set for them. If they have extra money to buy talking skulls, they ought to send that money back to the taxpayers. The attitude of entitlement you leech-people feel is outrageous!

Chicago, IL

#9 Oct 23, 2009
I agree with Wonderline and 69Pross - maybe stricter regulations on more things like this would give people an incentive to work hard and get their own place rather than living off other people's hard work. Government housing should be used as a temporary solution, not a permanent situation.

And, yes, if money is so tight that the government is paying your rent, you have no business buying Halloween decorations. Priorities - get some!!!!

Tampico, IL

#10 Oct 23, 2009
So let me get this straight.....
Im renting pay 300-600 in rent a month only to be told that I cannot decorate for a holiday because 1 person complained. So maybe if I complain to WQAD it'll become mandatory that Matt Hamill or Jason Fechner not wear neck ties because I find neck ties to be offensive. Yeah the world does not work like that I pay rent Im free to express my holiday views, the moline housing authority needs to get with it.

Morrison, IL

#11 Oct 23, 2009
James: are you living in public housing?
Brenda in Moline

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Oct 26, 2009
Living in subsidized housing is not like a concentration camp. And because someone lives there doesn't mean that they should be forced to live like paupers or in scarcity.

While people in subsidized housing may not make a lot of money, they deserve the right to celebrate holidays and events just like the next person. So, is the next argument going to be that "If they have money to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas, then, they shouldn't eat or buy gifts, they should send that money back to taxpayers" because that's basically what is being said by some.

Also, having a lower income does NOT make you exempt from paying taxes! With good jobs being scarce... some people are now forced to work for minimum wage. 40 hrs a week @ even $10.00 will qualify you for subsidized housing...

STOP worrying about being "PC" all the time... and get your oppressive foot off the back of others' necks.

If people worried about their own lives just as much as they do about others, the world might be a better place to live.

Since: Oct 09

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Oct 26, 2009
The previous post is me... I don't live in Indianapolis, I'm a resident in Moline... not sure why that showed up??

Morrison, IL

#14 Oct 26, 2009
Brenda: why, then, do we taxpayers have to live like paupers and in scarcity? If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for those we subsidize.

Morrison, IL

#15 Oct 26, 2009
BTW: I am not from Canada. I live in IL.

Since: Oct 09

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Oct 26, 2009
I still don't know why I'm coming up as Indy, In... anyways...

Subsidized housing is simply income restricted. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are receiving HUD assistance (section-8 either). You can see the Rock Island Housing Authority for more information regarding that....

My point in case being that THEY ARE TAXPAYERS. Some may not... I completely agree if you're trying to talk about people using the system. You're assuming that these people don't work. If you're talking about people using the system that's a whole different story... This is about a law/rule set forth to restrict people in their home setting. Whether they rent or own and who they rent through should not be relevant.

Since: Oct 09

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Oct 26, 2009
and another tidbit of information.. My son and his fiance live in an apartment building. It is not regulated by the Moline HA I don't believe. It is income restricted. For two people, they cannot make more than 31k I believe it is. His fiance is in a wheelchair and he was recently laid off from a job in Colorado and moved back home. He has found a part time job, looking for full-time work in his line of experience, she does NOT collect disability because she doesn't see it as such... they DO NOT receive any assitance to pay for housing.

So, if someone came in and said they could not decorate for the holidays... I would say B.S.! And this is where I am coming from in my arguments.

Since: Oct 09

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Oct 26, 2009
69PROSS wrote:
If you dont like the rules then go out and buy your own home and pay property taxes on your own property. Like the rest of us.
Everyone does not currently have this luxury.

Honolulu, HI

#19 May 17, 2012
HUD - and its draconian rules...No overnight guests, surprise inspections and petty niggling such as below 20 degree freezer temp. etc. Really -
Just another Slum Lord.


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