Letters to the editor

June 2019

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RENT CONTROL

People first

I read your article on rent control [“Why Prop. 10 failed in California,” Vol. 40, No. 1]. I was appalled that Proposition 10 lost. Keep on trying.

I own rental properties. In 2017 I reduced the rent on my tenants. I was criticized by family and friends. When I inquire around the neighborhood I find that apartments smaller than mine charge twice as much as I do.

It is terrible when people think only of themselves. I do not want anyone to be homeless. Most of my tenants have lived in the properties more than ten years. One in particular for thirty-five years.

Money is not everything.

Amelia T., Los Angeles


PUBLIC HOUSING

It works

I am a refugee from a public housing authority that was afflicted by a stealth privatization agenda.

For around three to five years, we all had to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing who was owning and managing our apartment homes.

And while this was going on, I would run into one helluva lot of people homeless who just shouldn’t have been there. A long time ago, some people lied and said that well-funded public housing was a “failure”.

I was there and it wasn’t a failure. It provided inter-generational support, security, and good outcomes for a whole lot of people who otherwise would have had a much harder time putting a life together for themselves; elderly, disabled, homeless, and unemployed people who only needed a good chance to put something together for themselves that worked.

So I propose that we keep the housing complexes under majority public control legally by offering the private sector incentives for participation, but not give over full legal control of the complexes at a time when we need a whole lot more subsidized very low income housing that is medically supported for disabled/elderly people as well as others.

By remaining in the public sector, we preserve the right to transparency, effective oversight, and substantial fairness in the operations of the facilities we pay for.

Lyle Courtsal via web


PRISONER WRITES

Renew sub please

Please, if at all possible renew my subscription. My first subscriptions was paid by a friend who has now become ill with cancer. So, she is unable to make a payment for me this time.

Despite legislative efforts to change the rules, Texas still does not allow us to use computer or data storage devices. So, we are not able to read online and are only allowed printed materials.

Willie A. Milton, Huntsville, Texas

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JOINT TASK FORCES

No accountability

This February, the Portland City Council voted to withdraw our Police from the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force, PJTTF.

San Francisco withdrew from its Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2017.

More than creating unnecessary levels of bureaucracy, Joint Terrorism Task Forces are serious threats to our democracy. Threats because JTTF’s are groups of law enforcement personnel with no accountability to anyone other than their own group.

The question I have is whether or not the good people of Seattle will withdraw from its JTTF. Thereby, showing everyone that the Left Coast is united in our understanding that the best way to protect freedom is to honor diversity and protect everybody’s rights to privacy, free speech and political association.

I am sure there are folks of many stripes in the area who would be proud to see Seattle join San Francisco and Portland in standing up for democracy and our First Amendment rights by withdrawing from Seattle’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Paul Maresh, Portland, Ore.


REPUBLICANS

What they stand for

Republicans are against increasing the minimum wage, the working class, the middle class, women, funding K-16 education, social security, seniors, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, universal health care, voter rights, endangered species, and renewable energy. In addition, they call the media “the enemy of the people.”

Republicans are pro gun, torture, more nuclear weapons, big oil, cigarette manfacturers, all corporations, non-taxed foreign bank accounts, Russia, the top 1 percent, building a border wall over 1,000 miles long and billionaires.

Jeff Avis, Issaquah, Wash.


REFUGEES

Children first

The article, “Our migrant children need love and safety, not hunger and fear” by Miriam Padilla, [Vol. 40, No. 1] , is outstanding and needs to be read and shared with many people.

I have been a short-term volunteer in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

I know of the corruption, violence, and lack of jobs, and hunger and fear especially in Central America, including Honduras and Guatemala. But the hunger and fear is also present in the United States. I live in Yakima, Washington and the fear of ICE and arrest, detention, and deportation is real and constant.

The author has pointed out that migrant children must have a life of being loved, being safe, and not living hungry and afraid.

Hasta la victoria!

Roger Yockey, Yakima, Wash.


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