This 'Guide' is for people who don't think for themselves. The 'INDY' is crap - investigate each candidate and make your own decision. Or, follow the endorsements of a bunch of self-serving publishers. If you do, you are not an Independent, you are a lemming! Hello McFly....
Hey Shakespeare, please check the 'source' of your 'facts'. While I would have loved to attend this event I did not. Whichs I must assume that you did not as well. I did say (hese stupid things' at the UPHA event - did you make it there or did you get your infmation straight from your source?
Number 5 - indeed, Kunz provided a very stupid answer to the question on affordable housing. Would someone please define 'affordable housing' and exactly how this 'issue' impacts our community? Is this a question of the price of a home for purchase or for a rental property? Is 'affordable housing' a priority? It seems that it is an issue that everyone wants to talk about but no one has defined what the term means and where we lack affordable housing. There are plenty of rental properties 'Inside the Beltline' for less than $700.00 per month - is this 'affordable'? Or does affordable mean $250 per month? Kunz's trite answer apparently was lost on a few people. The point of 'not everyone can live at the top of the RBC tower' was simple enough and meant to point out that we actually have a lot of affordable housing in the area - in downtown as well as throughout the City. If the question of affordable housing is related to home prices keep in mind that in a free-market world (which we still live in)supply and demand as well as size, value, and location are parts of the equation. If we are talking about rental units bear in mind that there was a cost to build the property and that whoever built it, or owns it, needs to make a return on their investment (that damn free-market keeps rearing its ugly head). They will set the rental price at a point where there is demand and they can maintain a high occupancy rate. So, that said, not everyone can live atop the RBC tower - but they can live within site of it, if they want to live downtown, or, they can commute from other areas of our fine City and county.
If the 'affordable housing' issue is actually a question of the City footing the bill for building housing and then subsidizing rent for the inhabitants......I do not see the need unless it is for a short term rental to help someone during a time of need. Six months would be fair. Let's stop looking for ways to raise taxes and build more government programs. People who want to get ahead need to get off their asses and stop relying on the rest of the taxpayers to support them.
Sorry, I neglected to mention: my travels did teach me one thing that has served me well and would serve as a nice poster in each Council Members' offices: 'IT'S HARD TO SEE WITH YOUR HEAD UP YOUR ASS' - I think many of our City's Citizens would be inclined to agree.
Interesting article 'Gregg Kunz, an entrepreneur who's traveled the world, he tells us, has no such experience either, nor any answers to the city's policy questions'. But I don't recall ever being asked to provide any answers to the City's policy questions. You published my profile ONLINE a few weeks ago, but neglected to publish it in print - yet you did manage to publish your endorsements in print and online. I would not accuse the Indy of 'Yellow Journalism' but I would suggest that it was quick to provide an endorsement without also providing print readers with a chance to evaluate the candidates and draw their own conclusions while considering the Indy's endorsement as well. Why not just put Mayor Meeker's photo on the front page with the headline 'Our King Forever - the other Candidates Suck'? It's one thing to take a stand but shameful that you do not fully disclose to your readers the entire story - sort of like how the City Council is run. You guys crack me up.
Bobby, as an expert on politics and fundraising how come you are not in the race?
Well Bobby, I guess I am well ahead having spent $122.54 in total. Do not mistake my ability to raise money, find investment, or allocate funding for worthy causes - I'm an expert at that, but Irefuse to ask for any contributions for which I will owe anyone any political favors or special interest groups. I was told that 'contributions' only serve to allow 'access' to the Mayor. Hogwash! As Mayor I intend to porvide access to all - but they sure as heck better be able to articulate the issues they want support on. Prior Mayoral candidates raised in excess of $350,000 for their campaigns - who then owes whom? I think our Citizens are smarter than that and THAT Bob is where our politicians fail us. They think the average voter is stupid and are unable to see the truth. I seek no contributions - I seek to serve owing nothing to anyone but EVERY citizen of this great city. And, you may quote me on that. Gregg Kunz
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