While reading the article about Habitat for Humanity (“Nonprofit builds homes for 5 families,” June 5), I couldn’t believe what I read.

First of all, to build 6,250 square feet with mostly donated labor for $1.1 million is out of line, and what’s even worse is that the city would pay $2.5 million for a lot.

I happen to have a 6,800-square-foot building on about an 8,000-square-foot lot and the value is about $1 million.

With all the vacant apartments and buildings for sale, wouldn’t it be more feasible to buy an existing building for a lot less?

When it comes to government spending, economy doesn’t seem to apply. After all, it’s not their money, but the poor taxpayers’.

I do not feel that homeownership is essential for a happy home. Many people rent and are just as happy.

Let these “poor folks” rent. There are plenty of apartments, and rents have really dropped.

Judith Vidor


Don’t eliminate red-light cameras

I’ve been reading in the Los Angeles Times about an angry backlash against red-light cameras installed at busy intersections in Los Angeles and about the Police Commission’s determination that the program should be terminated.

I hope Glendale city authorities aren’t thinking about following suit and pulling the plug on our fledgling red-light-camera program. Most of the serious traffic violations I witness in Glendale have to do with failure to stop for a red light.

A few years ago, my teacher wife asked her adult students, “What should you do when you see the signal turn yellow?” “Step on it!” they answered. And they weren’t kidding.

So now we have an enforcement program that has proven to be highly effective at detecting traffic violations. I suppose it’s only natural that people would react with fear and loathing to a program that threatens to be effective in catching their driving excesses.

Nobody likes getting a traffic ticket. It’s an insult — a questioning of our prowess as a driver of motorcars. After all, now that we don’t ride horses for transportation, what other skill more universally measures our competency as a man or a woman?

Time and time again we wish a police officer had been present when another driver pulls stuff that richly deserves a traffic ticket.

However, the tickets we receive seem outrageous miscarriages of justice. We were simply moving with the flow of traffic, we recollect, driving competently, safely. If any violation occurred, it was merely technical in nature, something any reasonable police officer would have let go.

I suppose the guy clocked at 110 mph on the Ventura (134) Freeway would think the same thing. He had everything under control, and besides which he was probably only doing 95 mph.

According to the Los Angeles Times, people have complained that many of the traffic citations issued through the red-light-camera program have been on the “trivial” violations, such as a “rolling stop” while turning right at a red light, the kind of violation an experienced police officer might ignore.