People who choose to live in town give up some choices when they move inside the city limits.
Laws and ordinances let us know what the rules are and are designed to protect the quality of life for the thousands of people – young and old, rich and poor, black and white – who live in town.
Fire codes, health regulations, sewer permits, curfews, speed limits, construction codes and animal ordinances don’t target one person – they apply to us all. And the key word in that phrase is “us.”
Those living in the county and out of sight are allowed to live and pretty much do as they please. Sadly, state and federal regulations tend to be the standard of decency for individual county residents.
But those who choose to live in the city with us must realize they give up a certain amount of choice and independence when they decide to become our neighbors.
This newspaper has repeatedly said we support the City of Clarksdale when they decide to clean up property and send the owner the bill. The community shouldn’t have to look at or see property values drop because of overgrown lots and abandoned houses.
We also want to point to a fire your Clarksdale Press Register covered on Page One of today’s paper. Empty and abandoned buildings are targets for burglary, arson and juvenile mischief.
So we are somewhat puzzled when the municipalities across Coahoma County make a decision to grant variances when it comes to city ordinances.
If the ordinance is not a good one, it should be strickened from the books.
City ordinances and policy need apply to each of us equally and fairly. They are the rules and regulations we all agree to live by if we are going to make this town a better place to call home.