Letter against low-cost housing faulty in reasoning

Regarding Brent DeNalty's letter, andquot;Housing marks wrong issueandquot; (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 andquot;...Seeing an increase in vagrants

walking the streetsandquot; 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 andquot;Physicians and their families don't want to live

here.andquot; 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

Crescent City

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 andquot;clunkerandquot; 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

currently insured.

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


Charles Vanderford

Crescent City



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