➤ “Tech minds devise future of guns,” The City, Wednesday
No need for smart gun
So the high-tech whiz kids are going to bring us “smart guns” that will reduce violence. People who don’t own a gun or know how they work are going to bring us a product we don’t want because it hasn’t been invented?
Tell you what: as soon as the police finish their five-year field test of these smart guns to be sure they work as advertised, then you can try to foist these things onto the public.
What’s that? You say the cops don’t want anything to do with smart guns because they want a gun that works every time? Well then, if smart guns aren’t good enough for the police, they are definitely not good at all for the citizens who have to pay those cops' salaries.
“Obama vows to flex powers,” News, Wednesday
Make tax laws equal
As I watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech and listened to his proposals on resolving the deep income inequality problem in our country, I thought about the recent report that more than half the members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million or more. It occurred to me that this may be why Congress has no proposal to enact the Buffett Rule, which would require millionaires and billionaires to pay the same rate of taxes as those in the middle class.
Two of our congressional representatives, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (estimated net worth: $87 million) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein ($68 million), have particularly gained from the tax advantages for investment income because their husbands are in the investment business. If Pelosi and Feinstein are true servants of the people, they should take the initiative to propose and pass the Buffet Rule and pay their fair share of taxes.
John M. Kelly
“Speculators may be using Ellis evictions,” The City, Sunday
Landlords abusing law
The very same scenario you describe in your story happened to us.
Our landlord had owned the building we lived in since 1988 and sold it in late 2004. Less than a month later we were lied to by the new owners. We were told that they have no home, that his pregnant wife and elderly grandmother were living in their office and sleeping on the floor, and we had to move. When we said we had nowhere to go, we were promptly served with an Ellis Act eviction. Their lawyers fought us hard, refusing to negotiate and creating huge lawyer bills for us.
We moved in 2006. They completely remodeled the building, and it sat empty until 2011, when it finally sold to another speculator who put it back on the market in 2012 where it still sits empty today.
I was born in that house in 1980. My family lived there for 30 years total. We were evicted so it could sit empty and make money for dishonest speculators.