President's Day and the American DreamBy Norma Jaeger Hopcraft
I spent the morning walking and shooting pics in New London, CT, a whaling capital in the 1800s with glorious captains' houses, just like Mystic's.
But these days, New London is struggling in ways Mystic is not. Houses are run down, interspersed with houses where people with jobs and money lovingly tend to their houses' needs.
When is one of our Presidents going to stop waging war in a misguided effort to bring democracy to countries where the citizens are insane and don't deserve it (i.e., Iraqi and Afghan fathers, brothers and uncles performing "honor killings" of girls in their family who have been raped).
When is one of our Presidents going to focus on helping small businesses in this country grow? Small businesses employ far more people, in total, than big corporations do, in total. With jobs, people could better afford to take care of their homes, as well as work on making their dreams come true.
Take a look and see if I've made my case.
A splendid 19th century home falling into disrepair.
A close-up of the mess under the eaves and woodwork that needs a protective coat of paint.
Here's another example, just one block away.
Details of the peeling paint.
Across the street, a splendid example of what care can do for one of this historic homes.
The house above was built by two women in 1903.
The lovely front door.
Here's another beauty.
A detail of the front porch wrought iron.
Around the corner, a house whose owners can't manage.
A close-up of the front door.
Footsteps away, someone with a job maintains a beauty of a house, with a room on the roof.
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