This blog has been up over two days and has been viewed over sixty times.
Yet none of us made any comments.
That speaks volumes about this "G I" town.
Drive all over Hinesville and even in outlying communities and notice the presence of numerous pawn shops and title pawns.
When I was a young adult we only had a single small pawn operation which operated discreetly in a back room of a mens store on main street.
Savannah had probably several but only one that I was aware of and it was at the far end of Broughten street where all of the stores were located, before the age of shopping centers and later malls.
Usury was looked down upon by all people of honor and respect.
Banks were restricted to interest rates below 8 or 9 percent.
I hope some of you who are better equipped than myself to do research will look into this.
My first home loan carried an interest rate of four per cent.
That all changed with the liberation of the usury laws under the administration of Georgia's own former President Jimmy Carter.
I could get on a soap box about that but lets get back to this blog.
I have lived here my entire life and I am disgusted with the pawn shops of hinesville and especially these auto title usurers as there are many of them and they prey upon the young soldiers much like vultures.
I know that those who operate the pawn shops are prosperous and attain great financial security but I don't see how they can peacefully sleep at night.
I hope this blog gets some traction but I am afraid that will not be how it goes.
Mayor Thomas should address this matter but I'll wager he will not and I doubt any presently elected official in Liberty county will give it a second thought.
This is simply a reflection of the moral rotting of America.
PoliticsNation whoever you are (and that does not matter) this is a situation worthy of debate and action and this blog site could be a medium to offer ways to clean up and improve my old hometown.
Anyway thank you for posting. Keep on adding your thoughts and comments.