June 10, 2019
Today, I had a few thoughts about property. I’ve been in Raleigh long enough to know how things have changed over the years, but the last thing I expected to be a hot topic nowadays is property rights.
What’s been in the news lately, y’all? Those Airbnbs. Now, I haven’t ever used one of them, but I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Seems to me, if you want to use your own house to rent out to other folks a little space when they’re in town, you ought to be able to do it. I don’t think that’s a wild thought, but that’s just me. You paid for the place, you pay taxes for it every year, yet somebody who thinks they know better how you should use your own place is saying no, no, no.
Time was, Raleigh was just a small place here in the middle of North Carolina, but that’s changed too. People come to Raleigh from all over, and I for one think we ought to be a welcoming bunch and share this great place of ours with others. When folks come from out of town, be it for some college graduation or to attend one of the cool festivals in town, they want to find a place to stay. Where better than a local home with a spare room? Local residents can make some money, and the visitors get a taste of life in Raleigh. It seems like a plain win-win situation to me.
That’s all for today. I’ve got a few more thoughts on this whole property issue, but I’ll save those for later.