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Page 4 August 21, 2019 Guest comment di rdable by U.S. Sen. Mike Crape Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country. Nationwide, there is a shortage of mil- lions of affordable rental homes avail- able to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affordable homes and the supply of new ones being built increases each year. I was proud to welcome U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to visit Idaho recently when we toured nationally recognized models of affordable housing. We discussed.the importance of collaboration between the government and private sector, and in- novative approaches to housing models as key to creating more affordable housing. During Secretary Carson's recent visit, Secretary Carson, Representative Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho-1) and I toured the indieDwell factory in Caldwell, which was featured in an exhibit on the U.S. Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C as an innovative housing model. The project utilizes refurbished shipping units and so- lar power to create homes with a yard and a price tag under $900 monthly, including the cost of utilities. We also visited a larg- er project near downtown Boise aimed at providing housing for seniors with limited incomes, facilitated by the federal Low- Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Additionally, we received ~ briefing about another Boise-area housing project, which is scheduled to be completed next year, to house homeless veterans. Each project utilizes a combination of funds from the local, state and federal levels of govern- ment, and partnerships with the private sector, demonstrating that collaborative approaches yield results. Tackling the issue requires innovatl%e, collaborative approaches. This includes the Trump Administration's work to reduce regulatory burdens that are acting as a drag on affordable housing devel- opment. The President recently signed an executive order to establish a White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing Development. Sec- retary Carson serves as Chairman of the Council The President stated in the order, "It shall be the policy of my Administra- tion to work with Federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector leaders to ad- dress, reduce, and remove the multitude of overly burdensome regulatory barriers that artificially raise the cost of housing development and help to cause the lack of housing supply." ' Importantly, the Council is tasked with looking at the effect regulations are having on the costs of developing affordable housing and the economy. When issuing the Executive Order, the Administration highlighted that more than 25 percent of the cost of a new home is the direct result of federal, state and local regulations, with the price tag even reaching up to 42 percent for some new multifamily construction. Further, the Ad- ministration recognized, "High housing prices are a primary determinant ofhome- lessness, and research has directly linked more stringent housing market regulation to higher homelessness rates." Multiple factors contribute to the housing affordability problem, one of them simply being that the secret is out--Idaho is a great place to live. The visit from Secretary Carson was an op- portunity to shed additional light on the challenges and solutions at our local level and further the discussion on making ho- meownership more attainable. As Chair- man of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, I continue to work closely with Secretary Carson, my colleagues in Congress and others to spearhead efforts at the federal level to address this important issue. We must continue to facilitate the innovation that makes affordable housing possible. nl in "Sanctimonious siphons, it's hot!" said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for ac- tion with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck step's legendary world dilemma think tank "Epithet time again, Dudley?" said Dec. "Epithets and heat time, Dec. When that heat comes along, the only thing that can really change an attitude is a prop- erly tuned epithet. It's man's emotional release valve, but of course you know that, being a doctor and all." Dud doctored his coffee and took a sip. "Right?" "Oh " said Dec, "right of course. We took Epithets 1A and 1B in medi- cal school, naturally. 'Emotional release valves and their perfection' they were called. I got an A in Epithetology for the Masses in my third year, too." "You're just putting me on." "Maybe." "Let's look for a moment," chimed in Bert, "at why epithets are so good for the soul." "He's going to wave his arms again," whispered Dec to Dud. "I'm afraid so " "Yes," said Bert, "epithets, particularly those where no swearing is involved, are like a frustrated man's crossword puzzle. They bring out enough cleverness and creativit in a man to pour salve on what- ever it is that's bugging the bejeesus out of him," "I know I feel better with salve poured on my bejeesus," said "First thing I do by Slim Randles Dec, nodding. in the morning, after coffee," said Dud. "Well, here comes Steve," Dec said, as all eyes turned to the cowboy who looked wise, in the way a caffeine-starved owl looks wise. "He'll pour some salve and sense on this entire situation. said Dud. "What's "Mornin' Steve," going on?" ,"Bilious blasphemers, it's hot today!" said Steve. The groaning continued, off and on, through the toast course. Brought to you by https: //www. mer- rickpetcare, corn~ in Hereford, Texas. "We know it's not just food in that bowl, it's love. And that's why it has to be the best." Tetters to Letters should be kept to a 300 word limit, although some longer letters may be allowed. We reserve the right to edit, or not publish letters, ff there are questions of liability or other issues. Names may be withheld from publication, but will be provided upon request. Our wall tent kept us toasty warm. The wood stove burned on low. We sat around the table waiting for the cook to show. Henry shot a bear that day. The cook had dressed it out. The smell of bear meat filled the air. Would I eat or go without? Mose, the cook, stood at the door and held a pan of meat. I smelled some spuds and onions, thought that's I figured an old bear would show and, sure enough, was right. A black bear crept in slowly with his nose UP in the air. He tore the carcass open wide and rolled around in there. He gobbled up some innards. It was positively gross. Then started in on maggots, and that's what he liked the most. The maggots drooled downfrom his mouth. I puked out in the air. He saw me but then turned back to his smorgasbord of mare. When that hungry critter got his fill of eating rotten meat, he ambled over to my tree. I guess I was no treat. The old black bear soon wan- dered off. I promised then and there that I'd never eat a morsel from any type of bear. by I said, "So, Mose I'm telling Bryce you: For me there'll be no bear. Angell I'll just eat spuds and onions. You can surely have my share." The outdoors has always been a large part of the life of Bryce AngelL His father was an outfitter and guide for 35 years and Bryce was there to shoe and care for the horses and help him do the cooking. They took many great trips into the Yellowstone area. Even now that he's older, he and his father still ride into the Tetons, Yel- lowstone, and surrounding areas. His poems are mostly of personal experience. He retired a couple of months ago, but couldn't handle full-time retir#ment so he works part-time at a retirement home and is looking forward to doing more riding and writing. prob'ly what I'll eat. He glanced at me and said, "I think mighty sick." I told him that I wasn't sure that bear meat's what I'd pick. I then relayed a story that took place some years ago. I wasn't sure just when, but I was twenty-one or SO, I'd opened up the gate to let the mare in for the night. She always came a-run- nin' and was never out of sight. Then way out in the pasture, I could see the old mare's you're looking head. She was stretched out on the ground, and that old mare was sure 'hUff dead. I hooked her to the tractor and dragged her to some trees. I knew it wouldn't be long 'fore she would per- meate the breeze. A day or so went by before I checked on the old mare. She was ripe and right for eating then, a dinner for a bear. At dusk I climbed up in a tree and kept the mare in sight. CIJIVI4TE Out to Pastor by Dr. James L. Snyder I have never been fascinated by my looks, and i don't think anybody else has either. Sometimes, however, I have to sl end a little more time before the mirror to get prepared for where I am go- ing. I must say, I am not fond of mirrors and I make it as quick as possible. I do not trust mirrors. When I was a youngster, my family lived very close to Hershey Park in Pennsylva- nia. One of the major attractions there was the "House of Mirrors.', You would walk in and the mirrors would distort what you really looked like. Walking through; we would always laugh and point to the person in the mirror not acknewledging that it was us. I could not trust those mirrors at Hershey Park, which has stayed with me all my life. I had forgotten about those mirrors until recently. I was getting ready to go somewhere and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "Have you looked in the mi.rror today?" Not knowing what she was talking about I muttered, "Yes, I glanced at it this morning." What she was getting at was beyond my speculation except that she saw something on my face that for s'ome reason I had not seen. "You ought to look in the mirror before you leave," she stated. I never want to start a day objecting to anything my wife says ifI don't have to. Therefore, to please her so I could get out of the house as quick as possible, I went and looked in the mirror and there it was. That morning I had nicked myself shaving and did not notice it, but the blood started coming out very slowly. By the time I got out of the bathroom and into the kitchen, the blood had flowed down the side of my face. I looked at it, got some paper towels and cleaned up my face. "That looks better," my wife said as I was leaving. Then she said something that struck me. "Remember," she said as gently as possible, "the mir- ror never lies." That phrase stuck with me all day long and as I pon- dered it, I wondered if it was true. Those mirrors at the Hershey Park lied all the time. I was not as twisted as they made me out to be. The mirror in my bathroom, according to my wife, is not like those mirrors. The mirror in my bathroom always reflects the real me. Which, as I thought about it, it rather disturbed me. Am I really what I look like in the mirror? Maybe that is why my wife spends 10 times more time before her mirror than I do before my mirror. In fact, I am thinking about looking in her mirror some See Snyder page 5