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Conklin’s plan for ranch is on target

Sorry, but I must take strong exception to your editorial regarding Bruce Conklin and his proposal for a park at Loma Rica Ranch.

As the population of our beautiful county grows, down the line we will all appreciate open spaces in the form of parks, especially a place as bucolic as Loma Rica Ranch. Surely, locations can found for “affordable housing” in places other than a parkland that all can enjoy.

Finally, just what is “affordable housing”? It often is a cruel hoax. In today’s market, affordable housing certainly doesn’t mean a single-family dwelling. At best, it can mean a small condo, or an apartment. At the risk of sounding like a right-winger, which I am certainly not, affordable housing meant a shelter which we could afford – period.

When my spouse and I were starting out, we had no expectations of any kind of subsidy. In today’s market even a couple making $8.50 per hour each, probably wouldn’t, unfortunately, qualify for a mortgage of even $100,000.

So let’s define terms on this issue. Mr. Conklin, you’re on target with your proposal.

Dennis Sloate

Nevada City

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