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There's nothing wrong with renting

June 17, 2011

While reading the article about Habitat for Humanity (“Nonprofit builds homes for 5 families,” June 5), I couldn’t believe what I read.

First of all, to build 6,250 square feet with mostly donated labor for $1.1 million is out of line, and what’s even worse is that the city would pay $2.5 million for a lot.

I happen to have a 6,800-square-foot building on about an 8,000-square-foot lot and the value is about $1 million.

With all the vacant apartments and buildings for sale, wouldn’t it be more feasible to buy an existing building for a lot less?

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When it comes to government spending, economy doesn’t seem to apply. After all, it’s not their money, but the poor taxpayers’.

I do not feel that homeownership is essential for a happy home. Many people rent and are just as happy.

Let these “poor folks” rent. There are plenty of apartments, and rents have really dropped.

Judith Vidor

Glendale

Don’t eliminate red-light cameras

I’ve been reading in the Los Angeles Times about an angry backlash against red-light cameras installed at busy intersections in Los Angeles and about the Police Commission’s determination that the program should be terminated.

I hope Glendale city authorities aren’t thinking about following suit and pulling the plug on our fledgling red-light-camera program. Most of the serious traffic violations I witness in Glendale have to do with failure to stop for a red light.

A few years ago, my teacher wife asked her adult students, “What should you do when you see the signal turn yellow?” “Step on it!” they answered. And they weren’t kidding.

So now we have an enforcement program that has proven to be highly effective at detecting traffic violations. I suppose it’s only natural that people would react with fear and loathing to a program that threatens to be effective in catching their driving excesses.

Nobody likes getting a traffic ticket. It’s an insult — a questioning of our prowess as a driver of motorcars. After all, now that we don’t ride horses for transportation, what other skill more universally measures our competency as a man or a woman?

Time and time again we wish a police officer had been present when another driver pulls stuff that richly deserves a traffic ticket.

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