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SPRAWL-ERRIFIC

I just wanted to thank you for your coverage of the City-County Planning Board’s efforts to reduce sprawl here. It’s a complicated issue that can be helped when people better understand the underlying issues as they will after reading thoughtful articles like Eric Ginsburg’s this week.

Kelly B. Bennett, Winston-Salem Bennet is the planner for the City- County Planning Board

RUCO TO GO?

The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would end proactive inspections in Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program. The ordinance calls for 2 percent of rental units to be randomly inspected each year, plus inspections requested by renters or community members.

This ordinance’s provision for random inspection, with fines and bad publicity as punishment for violations, has been credited with spurring landlords to keep their units in better condition. It has reduced substandard housing by 75 percent. The city has even created a website where potential renters can see a home´s RUCO status. Without this ability to conduct proactive inspections the ordinance would be largely toothless.

This ordinance just makes sure that there is a safe minimum, and that people can get a safe place to live in exchange for their money. Think of it the same way that the health department can inspect restaurants.

Graham Sheridan, Greensboro

Lawyer referral

I, like many of you, hold negative feelings towards todays politicians. I have witnessed too many instances where the general good of the population is ignored for a hidden agenda. That said, it is without reservation that I recommend and support Chris Lawyer for Greensboro City Council. He is a hardworking, honest man who is not afraid to stand up for his principles. To the citizens of Greensboro, you will not find a better candidate for this office. Please consider

Chris Lawyer for this position. You will not be disappointed.

Kathryn J. Whitlow, Greensboro

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