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Re: “Dear Richmond

Sandy -- I have also seen how hard-working the immigrants I've seen are, whether they are Hispanics who work as employers and employees in the city or Asians who own businesses and provide services in places like the neighborhoods off Horespen Road and near Tuckernuck Square.

One quibble -- almost no one outside of Congress gets free housing and medical care. Some get some help with the expenses.

And as you allude to, because medical care costs twice as much in the US as anywhere else in the world, and housing costs have more than doubled since the turn of the century, paying for these things is hard even for people who work hard.

Stew -- I find that people who want fewer immigrants also don't want anti-poverty programs. Is this an accurate representation of your position? If not, what would your platform be for giving people born in the US a hand up?

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Posted by y32cats on 04/09/2018 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Commentary: What if public housing was gradually spread across the city with the help of private developers?

The ratio of likes to dislikes to Truth Hurts statement appears to reveal an aversion to serious discussion and problem solving among a significant portion of the conservative rank and file.

Truth, we're all willing to talk when you're through dismissing the rest of us.

Posted by y32cats on 04/09/2018 at 7:30 AM

Re: “A Movement Grows

Poppy -- the problem is pretty simple. Crazy people like you are living among us. You are crazy because you only want to solve one problem at a time, rather than trying to solve them all and take advantage of the synergies thereby. We have to solve mental health, community supports....and guns.

Sorry for the hard hit, but Breitbart tactics such as calling things PC with nothing to back it won't fly here.

Reality Check, my message for you is the same. And I'll give you a reality check. You are right that gun regulations by themselves won't solve all school shootings. We won't ever stop them all. But perhaps we can get to less than one per week. And solve the black-on-black gun problem. And solve the impulsive gun suicide problem.

If you are not willing to compromise, your party will cease to exist in November. I assume you're a Republican, correct me if you must. There were more people at a demonstration in Richmond than any in living memory. Almost all the signs I saw at a 3000-5000 person demonstration were handmade, indicating a deep commitment to the issue. This is being repeated in 800 other places today around the country.

You and the NRA need to present a realistic compromise. The NRA will cease to exist if they don't.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/24/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “A Movement Grows

That argues for abortion restrictions, not against regulating guns.

I look forward to the day when the pushback against Breitbart tactics on comment pages is so bothersome that people won't use the Breitbart tactics.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/21/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “COMMENTARY: Planners for the Proposed 100-unit Apartment Building, 805W, on West Cary Should Go Back to the Drawing Board

So Realist, I am confused.

1. You support eminent domain. Ok...
2. You have no idea what the finances of a neighborhood association are or how much money it takes to even make an offer on a property, let alone the down payment and carrying costs. You overestimate how much a lawyer costs. This is where your anarcho-capitalist views bump up against reality.
3. The owners almost certainly won't sell anyway. The only way they might be induced to sell is if they can't make the profit they think they can make on the property.
4. I think what Cogito and Roark are saying is that you do not believe in, or decline to account for, economic externalities.
5. This process with the developer is still in early days. There is probably a happy medium where they make a healthy, though not maximized, profit, and we preserve a row of historic buildings while gaining a nice addition to the neighborhood fabric.
6. Mark Ohlinger, the director of the department of planning and development, has told us that there are something like 5,000 acres, or 8 square miles, of parcels in the city that can be redeveloped, with new neighborhoods put on them. A number of them are largely defunct shopping centers. If we want to maximize density and profit for developers, why don't we start there, instead of mowing down historic buildings in an established neighborhood?

I have noted that supporters of unfettered private property rights and this proposed behemoth seem not to live in the neighborhood. Should I be corrected on that?

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Posted by y32cats on 03/18/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “COMMENTARY: Planners for the Proposed 100-unit Apartment Building, 805W, on West Cary Should Go Back to the Drawing Board

But Realist, your false equivalency between the ACP and MVP pipelines and 805 W Cary proves Roark to not be a hypocrite. In both cases a powerful outside entity is demanding that local residents give up something important so they can maximize their profit. Indeed in both cases the builder/manager will be virtually the only one to significantly benefit.

We are not opposed to all development in Oregon Hill. It's that so often the first offer from a developer is so outlandish that we have no choice but to gear up for a fight.

Historic preservation has the triple advantage of being an ally in this struggle, less harsh on the environment as materials are reused, and better for property values ( though with this last we also need to take care to keep the neighborhood affordable for a broad swath of people).

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Posted by y32cats on 03/17/2018 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Standing in Solidarity

Such as yourself?

Sorry for the hard hit, Nammy, but again this is the Breitbart-conservative tactic of name-calling and pigeonholing the debate into "it's this thing only" or "that thing only"

Yes the law enforcement system failed the kids. So did the mental health system. So did in this case anti-bullying community-building programs, though there is ample evidence of the success of some of these.

And the number and ease of access to guns also is a problem. Gun rights mean rights for guns with no consideration for people.

We can deal with more than one issue at once in 2018.

In nature, when a population exceeds the carrying capacity of it's ecosystem, the population crashes. With nearly one gun for every civilian in the US, the NRA may finally have, um, overshot, um, gun carrying capacity.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/17/2018 at 10:24 AM

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