How much 'latitude' for the working poor?

On Wednesday night, the Daytona Beach City Commission voted to rezone 1,614 acres to allow a large developer to build 3,250 homes on the far west side. The developer’s attorney was delighted and said, “The people that are coming here ... are people we want here.”

Who are the “we?” What are the people who already live here, chopped liver?

[READ: Daytona Beach's Latitude Margaritaville gets latitude to build more homes]

I hope commissioners remember they were elected to serve the people who already live here. I hope the commissioners remember that too many hard-working people struggle to afford housing on the wages they earn. I hope the commissioners remember that, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, almost one-third of our residents live below poverty level and, even worse, over half our children under the age of 5 live below poverty level.

When a developer comes before the commission wanting land-use changes, tax abatements or incentives, I hope the commissioners begin to insist that these types of public-private partnerships need to cut both ways. It is time to expect the commission to vigorously and successfully pursue the public-private partnerships needed to build an adequate supply of work-force housing.

The hard working people who live here right now deserve no less.

Anne Ruby, Daytona Beach

 

Displaced greyhounds

I voted to stop greyhound racing; now please let’s help make sure that all these animals do not get displaced in the wrong place and hands. We need to understand there is not enough room in shelters, foster homes, etc. to house, care for, feed and medicate these animals. The word is these animals now will be displaced. My thing is if these greyhound owners that race them love them so much, why are they going to be displaced?

Let’s make sure they are forced somehow to make sure all these animals have a great outcome and are not euthanized and tossed away like trash, please. If the owners love these dogs so much why don’t they fix them and take them home and love them? And if they have too many of them to do that then they should be kind enough and caring enough to push hard to put them in a proper place to live out their lives being loved.

Leslie Rakiec, Orange City

 

U.S. must lead

The letter “Climate Hyperbole” (Nov. 6) was wrong that the U.S. cannot make a difference on climate change. As by far the world’s largest developed economy, the U.S. must lead on this issue. We cannot ask billions of people in developing countries to do without electricity and basic transport while we bask in air conditioned luxury and drive around in gas-guzzling SUVs.  

The writer’s claim that China and India won’t make an effort to reduce their CO2 emissions is plain wrong. Unlike the U.S., both China and India, plus all but a couple of other small countries, have signed up to the Paris Accord on climate change. Yes, with their huge energy-deprived populations, it will take them time and money to reduce their emissions, but they are making an effort and we can’t expect them to continue if we won’t even try.

Robin Broadfield, Ormond Beach