I felt it was time I chimed in again on what I think is a cancer growing in this country and the near-sighted people that are allowing it to happen. In our industry, I think it's these huge HOA subdivisions and business complexes that are causing the problem. They didn't really exist forty years ago and neither did our need to import cheap labor. Everything was on a smaller scale and was easily taken care of by all the small "Mom & Pop" operations. Nowadays it takes a huge LCO to manage these types of properties. These LCOs have to have a large staff of people willing to work for ten bucks an hour, with no benefits, in tough working conditions. It's no wonder they have a staffing problem. The way I understand it, a developer has certain conditions they must meet before they're able to start building. In other words they have to plan ahead and make sure what they build won't have a negative impact on the surrounding area. I say they should have to prove that only U.S. citizens will be needed to support what they build. That would cause these huge LCOs to have staffing problems and limit their growth which would in turn give all the small "Mom & Pop" operations a better shot at getting a piece of the action. This would keep the "Walmarts" out of this business. Everybody knows what happens to the local economy when one of these huge outfits move into town. You end up out of business and working for them (at a fraction of what you were making) or moving away. One of these "Walmart" LCOs moved to my town a few years back (95% hispanic staff) and I found out later that we bid on the same contract and their bid was almost half of what mine was and mine was more than fair. Is it just me or does anyone else see a problem with importing people that specialize in the same type of work that we do? Not to mention allowing their families to tag along. How are they supposed to support a family on ten bucks an hour? They can't so we have to. Where will it end? What about all the other people in the world that want the American dream? We need to draw the line somewhere or this place will get pretty crowded. Supply and Demand 101. I had to rant. What do you think?