It is sad to see Nader, the man who inspired so much idealism being the willing tool of the most cynical people in the world: The worst administration we have lived under, and the one that must be brought to an end by a united front of people of conscience.
Pussycats And Rattlesnakes
Second thing: Dr. Nuttall, the professor, in the article about the Mixed Waste Landfill, draws a false analogy. A landfill full of nasty crap is not the same kind of danger as a rattlesnake in the driveway. In case any of the Alibi's readers are confused about the difference between the two, then this is what you do if you have a rattlesnake in your driveway. You don't just “keep an eye on it.” You don't “choose to move it from your driveway.” If it were my driveway, I would get my rifle and I would shoot the rattlesnake until it was dead. But I've lived in the Southwest a long time, and I'm not sentimental about pit vipers. If you just can't bring yourself to harm the poor little snake in your driveway, then scoop up your kids and your cats and your dogs right away and shut them up safe in the house, and call law enforcement or animal control to come deal with the snake. Don't try to figure out how old it is or if it's lost its fangs. It's a rattlesnake, damn it.
As for what you do with the Mixed Waste Landfill, I haven't a shit's clue. Can't shoot it. Can't dig it up and dump it on Dick Cheney's driveway.
Myth: That affordable housing means housing that is derelict, dilapidated and occupied by “drug dealers and prostitutes.”
Reality: Affordable housing simply means housing that a person or family can afford to live in—that they pay about a third of their income for housing so that they have money left over to pay for food, transportation, health care, day care, and everything else they need to get by. Furthermore, I know of no study that shows people who live in unsafe neighborhoods, in substandard housing or next to criminals can actually afford to live there.
Myth: Most people benefit from gentrification; high property values in gentrified communities are beneficial to most people in Albuquerque.
Reality: Stable communities are diverse communities. Neighborhoods that are represented by all types of people with all ranges of income grow consistently and reliably over time. They are less susceptible to economic trends (both up and down) and show reliable patterns for growth along all economic classes.
This is why the work of organizations like the Albuquerque Civic Trust and the Sawmill Community Land Trust is so important, and it's why government-sponsored requirements for the creation and maintenance of affordable housing are key to improving the stability of our city.
Many thanks to Councilors Eric Griego and Debbie O'Malley for seeing the value in providing safe, stable housing that people of all incomes can afford. Housing affordability isn't a backburner issue in Albuquerque. Kudos to our leaders who acknowledge the importance of this issue and are willing to take a stand to promote affordable housing.
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