The answer to gun control is not taking away our guns from innocent people or families, because they do need to protect themselves from harm. I own guns and would not think of hurting another person, unless it was for my family’s protection.
Joseph W. Imes
Letter regarding property sale raises many questions
To the editor:
The Jason Divelbiss letter of Sept. 23 left me wanting to ask a few simple questions: Is a piece of property a bargain simply because it is purchased $900,000 less than the asking price? Is it possible the asking price is ridiculously inflated to begin with? Why was the negotiated sale price so much higher than the assessed value and the seller’s purchase price? How much higher?
How much did the intervening reapproval of a 240-unit multifamily housing project cost? Isn’t the developer the same one who sold the county the bank building for about $2 million more than he paid in 2006? How much do entitlements to build cost? How dramatically do these entitlements routinely increase this property value?
In today’s economy, why is the county purchasing property wherein the sellers are making huge, quick profits? Is the real estate market noncompetitive? Why isn’t the county shopping around? Is the county government incapable of doing this legal red-tape zoning and subdividing work to obtain a better price on these properties?
Mr. Divelbiss’ letter implies that one partner influenced the other to sell, against the partner’s better judgement, out of devotion to the community. Why not demonstrate this devotion to the community by selling this ground, for a school, to the county for a short profit? Why isn’t The Herald-Mail asking some of these questions?