Letter against low-cost housing faulty in reasoning
Regarding Brent DeNalty's letter, "Housing marks wrong issue" (Jan.
13), it is working people that need low cost housing, not the
homeless. They don't pay rent.
DeNalty's letter makes it sound like only bad people want housing
they can afford. We are not "...Seeing an increase in vagrants
walking the streets" because we have great housing options available.
Many people simply cannot afford or find housing.
He also neglects the luck factor in his letter. I am not a good
person because I own a house. I am a lucky person because my mortgage
is less than $300 per month.
The letter says "Physicians and their families don't want to live
here." We have many good doctors in Del Norte County. I know of two
that did leave, but they left because they themselves developed life-
ending diseases. Do they need affordable housing now? I'd bet they
do. Are they bad people who will drive away tourists? Surely not.
I know DeNalty meant to help with his letter by arguing for a more
picturesque future, but befriending the lucky and driving away the
unlucky is not the answer. We all will need help with something
sometime. It is good insurance to help others while we can. Low-cost
housing helps us all.
James R. Barrett
Get uninsured motorists off our roads, as law requires
Recently in Crescent City, an uninsured driver ran into our pristine
(only 12,000 miles) 2005 auto, causing a total loss of our car. The
driver of the uninsured vehicle was cited for failure to yield to
through traffic and also for not showing evidence of car insurance.
Fortunately, my wife, the driver of our car, was not injured, but it
was a close call.
This event cost us a lot of money and a great deal of grief.
Crescent City has many, many "clunker" cars on its streets and many,
I would guess, are not insured. In a parking lot I observed two of
five license plates that were expired for over 6 months.
On Jan. 1, 2006, all insurance companies were required to report
insurance status to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for
all private use vehicles.
As of July 1, 2006, law enforcement and court personnel have access
to DMV records to verify that your California registered vehicle is
Effective Oct. 1, 2006, your vehicle registration is subject to
suspension if the liability insurance is cancelled or if your
insurance company has not electronically provided evidence of
insurance when you purchase and register your vehicle or if you
provide DMV with false insurance information.
This is very important stuff. Let's get these uninsured autos off the
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