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I wanted to write about what I call the military occupation of Moore County. For some, it has been a real adjustment, and even a feeling of displacement can arise, as the area has been flooded by the military relocation to Fort Bragg/Moore County.
It seems like the whole area has turned into a drinking rodeo with breweries and bars everywhere. Southern Pines has been converted to a drinking zone. Yet another brewery is going up. If that’s the best vets can come up with for a business idea post-service, well so be it. I just think it’s overkill.
Secondly, the personnel here are extremely well-compensated, and one can see this with all the expensive trucks and Harleys I encounter daily. I then get insulted by stopping by Lowe’s during the working day and seeing Lowe’s full of military, and the favoritism evidenced by special parking and being asked at checkout if you are a veteran for a discount. That helps out when you are driving a $70,000 truck.
An earlier generation of vets never lived so richly.
Also ugly: everywhere every minute is the horrible traffic congestion, so bad it’s hard to describe. Well, so much for Moore County being a peaceful retirement community.
Look, there is no doubt that these folks have sacrificed and sacrificed in little-appreciated wars.
It’s just that I’m not sure it makes sense to have such an affluent class displace everyone else. We live here too.
The “good”: Merchants and real estate agents have made a lot of money, and so have restaurants. And if you drink heavily, it’s been all good.
Oh, almost forgot: I saw my property taxes go up 40 percent. Oh well, change is always interesting.
Steve Smith, Aberdeen