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In the Maryland town that houses the stadium where tens of thousands of Washington, DC-area residents pay exorbitant prices for tickets, alcohol and food to watch a football team whose name dishonors millions of American Indians,

63 year old Ray Raysor, who was blind since age 13, was evicted from his home in the Village Green Co-op in Landover, Maryland.
Evicted along with him were his wife and guide dog, Rayteeko.

It was a co-op on whose board of directors Mr. Raysor once served. Apparently, also, he and his family enjoy much love and respect among neighbors, though the co-op's current management and legal teams seem to have viewed things differently:

Mr. Raysor had once served on the Co-op Board of directors. He's a leading advocate for the blind in the County.

The attorney for the co-op says Ray Raysor had been repeatedly late with his rent prompting several judgement's dating back to May of this year.

The Attorney Bernie Cooke says the back rents were eventually paid, thus staving off earlier eviction notices; but there remained late fees, court fees and penalties to be paid.

Raysor says he was unaware until deputy sheriffs arrived that another $600 dollars was due.

Andrea Henderson, Chair of the Prince George's County Council is working with staff to find the family a temporary residence, and Mr. Raysor's neighbors and church members managed to protect, move and store their belongings, which had been piled onto the street.

Meanwhile, one would suppose, Tea Farty members would view this eviction as a reasonable turn of events because "austerity," "small government," "Amurrica," and "freedumb." WTF.

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  •  Evil shit like this (22+ / 0-)

    will come back to haunt not just a town, a city, or a state, but a nation.

    This is a rot, a cancer, that time or another tax cut won't fix.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 08:23:19 PM PDT

    •  I hope it does (6+ / 0-)

      But it seems this nation is being run by very cruel and evil people.
      It has the money for multiple invasions, including 49 out of 54 states in Africa.
      A huge military budget to protect the corporations.
      Billions in foreign aid to countries that are friendly to US interests.
      Tax cuts for those that do not need them.
      Subsidies for corporations that do not need them, and also do not pay their fair of taxes.
      Ect, ect, ad naseum.
      Rotting indeed.
      How many more people will suffer for the one percent? M
      When do we finally say ENOUGH!  
      Give us our gd country back.

      Passing a law that the Constitution doesn't allow does not negate the Constitution, it negates the law that was passed. Secret courts can't make up secret laws. SORRY FOR THE TYPOS :)

      by snoopydawg on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08:04 PM PDT

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  •  Where's the National Federation of the Blind? (11+ / 0-)

    This is practically in their backyard!

  •  clearly, blind people should be able to live (4+ / 0-)
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    wwjjd, BPARTR, Tinfoil Hat, Deep Harm

    wherever they want and only pay rent if they feel like it.

    •  Yeah, that's exactly what the story is about. (2+ / 0-)
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      tommymet, Oh Mary Oh

      You got it in just one sentence. Very impressive, or not.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 11:10:11 PM PDT

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    •  clearly your have no compassion (5+ / 0-)

      or brains.

      this is about fairness. the man w/ a disability did pay but "fees" were what he was evicted for.

      america once paid enough (barely) for its' citizens to pay their bills on time, all at once. not anymore. now we are asked to buy garbage from a foreign country on wages that are a fraction of what they were before our jobs went to that foreign country.

    •  It's our money. That we should pay interest (1+ / 0-)
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      yoduuuh do or do not

      to use our own money is an abomination. Switzerland is considering sending each person a monthly stipend to be used for daily needs. If one thinks of money as a tangible symbol of value, there is no more reason to charge for its use than there would be to charge people or ration their use of script. Reading and writing are free; so should money be.

      I note with interest that Switzerland has not joined the euro zone. The Swiss have not surrendered their sovereign authority over their currency. They have surrendered the habit of secrecy, acknowledging that the issuer of a currency has a right to know who's doing what with it.

    •  Not an unreasonable conclusion (0+ / 0-)

      The diary doesn't provide an explanation for the family's failure to pay rent.  Was it because they encountered circumstances beyond their control? Then, I'm sure many people here would be sympathetic enough to help. But, there is also the possibility that the family was at fault...because people with disabilities are as prone to character flaws as anyone else.

      My suggestion to the diarist is to update the diary or write a new one with details as to the reason rent payments were late. Those details are critical to determining how this story will be received.

      •  There is a link to the Website at which there is (0+ / 0-)

        also a video of the newscast. There you will learn the couple is on a fixed income (SS and disability), that there were increases in their utilities and other bills related to living in the co-op, and that the reason for the eviction was based on the late fees, legal fees and court costs that were mounting when they have found it difficulty to keep up with the increases in cost for living (in a home they've occupied for over 40 years) in past months. There does appear to be some indication that the couple's neighbors would have pitched in to help with finances had they known, but I would say it's a bit unfair to condemn the couple for being either too old-fashioned or proud to seek such charity. They have clearly been used to getting by based on their previous income and the amount they had to pay historically to live there. I e-mailed the reporter to see how much additional investigation is going on into whether or not the increased fees for living in the co-op are extreme. I think the story points up how difficult it is for aging (though not home bound or incapacitated) residents to remain in the houses in which they traditionally have lived. In DC, with gentrification in many neighborhoods and rising property tax payments, many lifelong residents are being eased out of houses to make way for new developments or new homeowners, who represent the affluent changing face of those once, working class or more modest neighborhoods.

        I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

        by dannyboy1 on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 09:03:38 AM PDT

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        •  What is unfair (0+ / 0-)

          is a diarist failing to provide--in the diary-details that are essential to a fair understanding of the story.

          In that regard, this diary is a train wreck.

        •  I'm aware of the problems in DC (0+ / 0-)

          and well aware of the problems that aged persons and people with disabilities face. That is also true of many others at Daily Kos. But, the way the diary was written suggested that the presence of a disability means that expectations of that person should automatically be lowered. Most people with disabilities (in my experience) reject that idea, in part because it leads to discrimination in employment, housing and other facets of life.

          •  I appreciate your insights into (0+ / 0-)

            how a person with disabilities might be perceived wrongly by someone if the presentation suggested special treatment of the subject solely based on his disability. "Train wreck" seems to me a bit extreme but I respect your lengthy tenure here and your many, more successful contributions here than mine. Not sure what the insult was meant to accomplish, but I acknowledge that I've learned some valuable things in my short tenure here. As I said, I did e-mail the reporter for more information on any follow-up (if there is one) and think your suggestion of an update was constructive. I was not trying to insult you by mentioning the link to the video rather than covering it in more depth in the writing. I've not yet gotten a handle on embedding video or would have done that. Certainly, I've gotten some thoughtful and encouraging advice in my relatively short time here, which is what I try to offer others when they write on topics on which I seem to be able to add to their contributions, such as when the topic is related to military or veterans issues. If I do think someone's diary has missed the mark, I prefer to simply move on. If it's important, I might send a link or suggestion via kosmail. I see that approach as more conducive to building community than to trade insults, but that's just me. I do appreciate what I considered to be the more thoughtful advice that you did provide. Thank you.

            I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

            by dannyboy1 on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 10:10:46 AM PDT

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  •  I hate this country. (2+ / 1-)
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    dannyboy1, live1
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    n/t

    "Down with sodomy, up with teabagging!" Sign @ TeaBilly rally.

    by pitbullgirl65 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 11:06:14 PM PDT

    •  I understand your sentiment, (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Oh Mary Oh, cville townie

      though at my age, I lean more toward Robert Frost's "lover's quarrel with the world." Still, I do lean toward despising certain features in my fellow citizens and the ill-will they seem to want to inspire...

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 06:39:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hate vs Love (0+ / 0-)

      Hating a country is just as unreasonable as Loving a country.   The "Country" is all of us, and by "hating" it, you are hating the rest of us.    

      I understand and agree that some policies of our country are shameful, but so is indiscriminate hate.

      You're not saying anything rational about the problem.   Dumping hate on a person, or a group of people is harmful and doesn't belong in the conversation.

      Hence, my donut.

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