Recent city and county commissions’ policy moves and Sun editorials and articles have suggested we aren’t really serious about the housing crisis in Gainesville. In between the lines we still see an unwillingness to accept the need for home ownership no matter how low the income levels of the buyers. The rental lobby and campaign donors and poverty organizations are very powerful influences here.
This may be due to the mistaken belief that the 2008 mortgage crisis stemmed from giving out easy loans to low-income buyers. But that wasn’t the case. That sector wasn’t buying homes and condos, they were renting overpriced apartments and trailers, just like today.
The only way to break the grip of high-priced rental housing is to stop feeding the beast. Stop subsidizing out-of-town and local real estate investors with rental vouchers that enable the same bad habit that caused the shortage. And don’t invest public money in non-profits that only favor families with more costly multi-bedroom homes. We need single, childless homeowners most of all.
Jeffrey D. Knee, Gainesville
A few years ago, leading congressional Democrats said we needed a border wall. A few months ago when President Donald Trump was requesting a measly $5 billion to build a critical section of border wall because of the immigration crisis, the leading Democrats insisted there was no crisis and denied the funds.
The Democrats recently acknowledged there was an immigration crisis and passed a humanitarian relief bill. Now they are saying conditions are deplorable and are trying to blame it on Trump.
They know that the processing procedures used are required by law and are the same procedures used under former President Barack Obama. They know the facilities in place were inadequate for the influx of almost 100,000 per month and, since the relief bill was just passed, it is impossible for new facilities to be built this soon.
They will do anything to make Trump look bad. Shame on them.
Carol Cook, Hawthorne
I think of Donald Trump as a wrecking ball. He has damaged our relationships with our traditional allies, making multinational action more difficult. He has withdrawn from the Paris Climate agreement, a vital effort to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change. He has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear agreement and now we are having increasing conflict with Iran.
By eliminating regulations on clean air and water and promoting the use of fossil fuels, he has made our water less safe to drink and the air less safe to breathe. By attacking the press and labeling all news critical of him as fake, he undermines our confidence in the news.
Probably most importantly, he has attacked the fundamental institution of our democracy: the courts, the intelligence agencies, the FBI, Department of Justice, etc., thereby weakening them and increasing people's distrust of government.
We need to remove him from office and try him for crimes.
Robert H. "Bob" Hornberger, Gainesville
Recently I officially changed my political party affiliation. Registered as a Republican for the past 42 years, I thought long and hard about my decision to leave the party I’d been raised into, grown up believing in and often (but not always) voted with.
My problem lies with the GOP leadership’s inability to stand up against white supremacists and neo-Nazis. By keeping their heads in the sand, party leaders have granted these extremist groups tacit acceptance, giving them credibility and a voice within certain conservative circles.
I’m no longer sure who is driving the Republican bus or where it is going, but this is where I get off.
David Young, Gainesville
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