Letters, September 23, 2022 – Boulder Weekly

Vote for Janice Marchman in Colorado Senate District 15

Representation is on the ballot this midterm election cycle given the new redistricting maps. In fact, educating the electorate about the maps is a big concern because many Boulder County voters don’t realize they’re in a new district. This is especially true in Senate District 15, which now includes parts of western Boulder County, where Janice Marchman is challenging Senator Rob Woodward, who represented the previous version of the district.

Ms. Marchman is a terrific candidate. As a middle school math teacher, former Thompson School District school board member, and mom, she is an ordinary person who is committed to standing on a values-based platform to provide true representation to the community. whole district. This district includes 28 distinct communities, five school districts and three counties. She is committed to personally visiting everyone to learn about local needs, concerns and desires.

She has strong Colorado values ​​– protecting the environment, enshrining women’s rights, achieving equity, promoting strong public education, creating good jobs, expanding quality health care, and expanding affordable housing. She will bring her experience teaching and working on Capitol Hill to bring a reality that is not currently expressed and certainly not exposed by Mr. Woodward’s record, such as his votes against rural broadband expansion and the Reproductive Health Equity Act.

Senate District 15 deserves a representative who listens to voters, holds town halls, and votes for our shared Colorado values. In 2022, please vote for the candidate who will provide real representation for Senate District 15: Janice Marchman.

Lisa Lesniak / Boulder

CU Boulder Business Eco 101

Behind the University’s current buy-and-build (acquisitions and development) boom, there is a simple arithmetic: it makes money from its various rental assets and needs to turn it into projects to earn more income. ‘silver. Reducing student costs for tuition, housing, cafeteria food, or increasing faculty and staff salaries would be counterproductive. This is business economics 101.

Robert Porath / Boulder

The government is the bad guy

Why is rent so expensive and why do we have a housing crisis? One word can sum up what has caused the rise in rents and the housing crisis: government. The government is the bad guy.

Government programs artificially inflate housing demand while at the same time government policies stifle housing supply. This can only lead to a price spike.

Government stimulates demand via mortgage income tax deduction, FHA and VA backed loans, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, artificially low interest rates set by the Federal Reserve, rent control and rental assistance. Injecting more money into the housing market leads to higher prices.

The government is stifling housing supply using zoning, growth limits, height limits, occupancy limits (for reasons other than security), open space purchases, building permit process absurdly byzantine and expensive building, ridiculous and expensive building code requirements, other land use restrictions, tariffs on imported building materials and major appliances, rent control and severely limited immigration construction workers.

Want affordable housing? The only path to affordable housing is to completely separate government from housing. Put the chained villain in his place. So build, baby, build!

Think of the jobs that will be created by building a lot more housing.

Some critics will say that if we free the housing market from political controls there will be more traffic jams (widen those damn roads!), views will be blocked (people should be deprived of housing so you can enjoy the view ?How insane?), increased demand for water (conserving, directing water to where it is abundant, and cultivating in less arid places), and increased pollution, which can be dealt with without creating housing crisis. All criticisms are minor inconveniences compared to the price of accommodation.

Freedom is the answer to high rents and the housing crisis. The government is the problem.

Chuck Wright/Westminster

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