I wish that I could tell one 'anonymous' reader from another. So, I will respond to ALL. Folks that have left Greenville; best of luck in your new communities. And I wish that someone would explain 'old money' to me. I see families that have 'earned' money over many generations. Why should they be belittled for the work done by the present or past generations? The 'old money' debtors sound like they are still in the old plantation ideology.
Current Greenville residents; I still urge you to get out and vote. You have a voice. Let it be heard regardless of what the nay-sayers shout. Whatever the outcome, you will have had your day at the polling booth. It is your right and responsibility.
"Tencent" brings up a good point about the Identity of those who submit comments on the Delta Scoop. Aside from Mr. Lowe, who willingly offered his identity, it is often hard to respond to a specific comment when they are all signed "Anonymous". My suggestion? Choose a blogger name such as "tencent" or "Delta Watcher". You are still completely anonymous to me and all other viewers, but you allow others to address your comments specifically. It allows for a more meaningful "give and take" for both authors and readers.
As for being "trapped" in Greenville, there is an element of truth to that comment. Many are trapped by simply having a job here. The days of choosing the place you want to live and simply moving there and finding another job are pretty much over. The other limiting factor is real estate. If you have tried to sell your home in the last 5 years, you have probably been unsuccessful, or have taken a large loss. Neither of these problems is specific to Greenville, but both are extremely limiting factors to our modern mobility.
What Greenville needs is industry and jobs... real jobs that produce rather than just sustain. I am somewhat amused by the buzz over Harlow's Casino and the jobs that it will create. Did anyone notice that as soon as Harlow's began hiring, the other two casinos started advertising for every single position? They also revived a feeble attempt at "live" entertainment and even reopened their pathetic "eateries".
If Harlow's is successful, that will be great, but in terms of net jobs produced, here's my prediction. In early 2008, one or both of our existing casinos will close and Greenville's new entertainment district will have simply shifted 12 miles to the west. The New York owners of our current casinos will write them off as a huge tax loss, Greenville will lose the local tax revenue they generate (which currently seems invisible to most of us) and our lakefront will be regained by local anglers.