Letter: Tiny homes not the right move in tackling big homelessness issue – Desert Sun

Posted By on February 3, 2020

Reader submissions Published 5:00 a.m. PT Feb. 1, 2020

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Tiny homes a fad solution

While I am accepting of the need for temporary shelter for the homeless, the tiny homes concept is not a cost-effective way to achieve shelter.Multi-unit construction with common walls and perhaps a second story are cheaper to build, heat and cool, and maintain. They also require less land. Think college dorm units individual locking bedroom areas with shared bathing, kitchen and outdoor facilities.

Cost-effective solutions might also include conversion of existing malls, motels and empty businesses to a dorm type shelter. Single family dwellings in the form of tiny homes arent the appropriate way to address the shelter issue economically.

Danella Donlan, Palm Springs

Say it isn't so!

Many of us questionwhy would you (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians) build a 10,000-seat stadium in the middle of Palm Springs when you have another casino and area that could accommodate the 10,000 people and automobiles in Rancho Mirage, adjacent to the 10 freeway with access for the traffic that the city of Palm Springs can not possible accommodate.

Judy Handler, Palm Desert

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Picking a team

In the debate over mans influence on our climate, there are those on the left who are believers/environmental activists and those on the right who are labeled deniers, suggesting their denial is akin to Holocaust Deniers.

In an Another Voice editorial presented on the Jan. 27 Desert Sun Opinion page On climate, US voters sound more like Team Greta than Team Trump the USA TODAY Editorial Board lines up with the lefts Team Greta.

To support their position, they cite the views of registered voters, most of whom are not climate scientists, but are susceptible to left-leaning information they get in school or in the mainstream media.And that information is slanted heavily to Gretas activist point of view.Of course, Greta is merely responding to the information shes been fed.After all, she is no more a climate scientist than Al Gore.

And to further bolster their opinion (and it is just opinion, by the way), they cite the disastrous brush fires in heat-and drought-stricken Australia which have consumed an area the size of Virginia. But they should know that these fires are largely the result of arsonists and poor land management not greenhouse gas emissions.

But why screw up a good editorial with the facts.

Paul Forrest, La Quinta

The feeling is mutual

Sort of interesting article in the recent Desert Sun Desert magazine about musician Jesse Hughes, who is definitely a piece of work.

However, putting his slogan, "No BS, no racists, no Nazis and no bullys" which also included "no Democrats" on the cover was in poor judgment, especially having his mug on the cover holding what looks like some kind of firearm along with the slogan.

No Democrats?Hey, Jesse, Democrats do not want you either.

Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage

Checking one, not the other?

I was surprised to see the Jan. 27 USA TODAY page article about fact checking President Trump's defense team.

Why was there no fact checking on the Democrats? Does not seem to be impartial news.

Another disappointment.

Maryann Luh, Palm Desert

A second chance needed here

Now that I hear Kris Long on radio I hope he will soon be back on TV.With everything going on in our world we really need his knowledge and experience.

He apologized for a social media slip up. Even if you didn't like it, doesn't he deserve a second chance? Everyone from Tiger Woods to Billy Bush gets one.

I see Long at my gym now and then.He always greets me with a smile and warm hello. He seems like a very decent man.

I, for one, would love to turn on my TV and see and hear him back on the news.

Victoria Gentry, Rancho Mirage

An example of what Street Life Project's tiny home project could looks like.(Photo: Street Life Project)

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