May 19, 2003
Re "Rents: Free-market system isn't wrong, but it isn't working," by Ken Carlson. Mr. Carlson makes a challenge to anti-rent-control proponents, saying in some veiled ambivalence that a "free market isn't working" and by simply calling anti-rent-control facts "propaganda." But the only challenge here is separating economic fact from fiction. Of course, the free-market process is working. Carlson just doesn't want to face the facts of its effects, and although there hasn't been a truly full and free market in Glendale for some time.
June 3, 2003
This letter is in response to a rent-control commentary by Aram Barsoumian printed May 26. You feel the rent-control debate is incomplete. I feel quite differently. It seems to me that rent-control commentaries outnumber any other topic of discussion in the Community Forum. I have seen many well-written arguments against rent control, as well as many emotional arguments for it. You bemoan the "personal attacks on Ken Carlson, the messenger." You almost make him sound like the messiah, bending under the weight of the cross, everyone against him. I don't recall many "personal" attacks, unless you would consider a logical attack that makes him look ridiculous as being "personal."
May 14, 2003
We have three solutions to the current housing affordability crisis: free market, subsidy and rent control. All three can be used in any combination, but there are only these three. The statistics support rent control and reveal alternatives as not viable. The current apartment vacancy rate in Glendale is about 1.6%, according to Glendale Water and Power data. The vacancy rate should be about 5.5% for market equilibrium, according to the Southern California Assn.
November 1, 2002
landlords I am tired of reading Ken Carlson's comments on the free market. He either doesn't understand the free market or is trying to mislead people. He claims that a free market would result "in a balance," but to him, "balance" means that rents don't go up. He is not talking about a "free market"; he is talking about a "controlled" market. In a free market, prices go up and down. We all know that rents were stable or decreasing for six or seven years in the 1990s and have risen quickly lately.
January 19, 2004
Gary Moskowitz Yale Law School professor Amy Chua is not convinced that a free-market system and democratic government should always go hand in hand. And the United States government, Chua says, should stop assuming that a free-market democracy will always promote peace in foreign countries. Chua, a 41-year-old Chinese American, is the author of "World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability."
October 31, 2002
I just can't believe Roberta Gutierrez. Every letter she writes is so full of hate and spite toward landlords and other readers. Obviously, she stands to lose a great deal if this rent-control measure fails. She must have once been paying really low rent. I have my own views on some of the propaganda she has been pouring out. First of all, she should really learn to discern the difference between monopolistic or oligopolistic commodities like power and gasoline.
October 23, 2009
Free market capitalism is a barrier in itself in the formation of cartels and monopolies. This is because wherever there are profits, competitors will flock to that location and industry to reap the rewards of those profits. The resulting would be a general trend in lower prices because of added supply and competition. In the case of the health-care industry, the barrier to entry is high. But this is because the U.S. government has and continues to promote health-care oligopolies in each state.
October 23, 2002
Responding to Mr. Fan's commentary of Oct. 4 is like trying to prove a negative. He quotes things that were never said and uses statistics that are made up. His position and numbers simply have no basis in fact. (Notice that he was not invited to move?) He does not appear to comprehend the written language or distinguish between fact and propaganda. Wherever did Mr. Fan get his statistics? He should fire his source! Or, at the very least, learn how to interpret the data.
August 15, 2003
Re: "It's time to unseat feudalism, claim inalienable rights," Community Commentary, Aug. 6, Roberta Gutierrez' futile and ignorant attempt to rewrite the Constitution. I'll make the complex as simple as I can. Socialists like Roberta Gutierrez can't seem either to understand the Constitution or tell the difference between "government" and "private property" and its owners, of which the Constitution specifically protects against exactly what Gutierrez ignorantly portends that 67% of the population (renters)
October 21, 2002
If landlords don't like it, they can always just sell The new triumvirate of Realtors, the chamber of commerce and Foothill Apartment Assn., calling themselves Property Owners for Property Rights (POPR, pronounced "pauper"), attacks rent control on philosophical grounds, but it is POPR's reasoning that is below the poverty line. They say they favor "free market" over rent control, without explaining why their touted "free market" has so badly failed as to result in spiraling rents, but not achieve the balance they would have us believe will occur.