To the editor: Most politicians try to give the impression that they are honest, decent, reliable, etc.
They like to give the impression that they care about the masses. Their “image tailors” specialize in weaving what I call “character cloaks.”
They are found in the clothes closets of every astute politician. It’s the most valuable piece of clothing he has. He wears it whenever he is exposed to public scrutiny.
While under this shield, it’s difficult to tell what’s under cover.
It’s only when the owner “acts” can one determine as to how much this cloak has hidden.
Unfortunately, by then, he’s been selected and it is too late.
Joseph V. Kubasek
Sr. housing needed
To the editor: This letter is being addressed to everyone involved with the planning of the senior housing complex to be built on Navarre Avenue. I was so excited when I read the headline for the planned senior complex in this week’s Metro Press, because I have given a lot of thought about eventually downsizing myself, but was hoping I could stay in Oregon if they ever came up with the right project.
I think making this complex open to people other than seniors is not what Oregon needs. There are plenty of apartment complexes in Oregon for single or younger people with families that choose to rent rather than buy a home here; we need something for those 55 and over only that can truly be called a senior complex.
I also agree with Ron Super and am totally against renting these places as the rent of $775-$950 is just too high for seniors on a fixed income. Since many seniors would possibly sell their larger existing homes and could possibly purchase one of these condos/apartments at a reasonable price from the sale of their home seems more like the way to go. The rent alone would take most of their income from Social Security. Also, homeowners would take much more pride in their home than any renter would. (Just look at what has happened to the once beautiful East Side now that so many of those homes have become rental properties).
So, I surely hope all of you on this committee and Oregon Council give this a lot more thought before you plunge headlong into something Oregon doesn’t really need and before many of our older generation head to other parts of the surrounding areas that do offer this type of housing. It’s about time for Oregon to move ahead with the times, rather than stay stuck in the mode they’ve been in for many years.
To the editor: By now most people have heard and read about the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 which was signed by President Bush on July 20.
Most people are probably aware of the tax credit for first home buyers, many are probably aware that there is an FHA foreclosure rescue provision and that the bill provides a temporary increase in the loan limit on VA mortgages. As with all legislation there are many provisions and all of the bill does not apply to or is beneficial to every citizen. Details of the bill have been reported over the past few days.
However, there is also a provision that citizens should be aware of and urge local government to review. This portion of the bill provides $4 billion in neighborhood revitalization funds for communities to purchase foreclosed homes. All local governments should thoroughly review how this provision might be used to the benefit of Northwest Ohio.