Letters to the editor: Baby boomers and housing, Scott Burns, college sports

Where would baby boomers go?

Re: “Baby boomers need to stop hogging homes: Millennials don’t stand a chance against childless parents who control a third of the market,” by Dallas Cothrum, Sunday Opinion.

Cothrum is right about baby boomers taking over homes, but he doesn’t go far enough. We are an active, retired couple with two dogs who live in a large four-bedroom, four-bath home with a pool and a big yard. Our location is fabulous – near a creek with walking trails, close to shopping, close to the library, in a safe neighborhood, and with easy highway access to the theater and symphony.

Our neighborhood is stable and there are few rentals. The school district is excellent and our house would be ideal for a family. That’s why we bought it many years ago. However, we won’t be moving. Our house is paid off and our taxes are ridiculously low, so it costs us very little except for maintenance and homeowners insurance.

We would love to move to a smaller property that is easier to manage, but we can’t find anything smaller that is in an equally wonderful location. Build smaller housing alternatives with great locations, close to shopping and entertainment, in safe neighborhoods, where most properties are owned, where we can have dogs, and we’ll move in a heartbeat. The demand is there, but estate planners have not kept up with the wants and needs of retired and active baby boomers.

Georgia Serfling, Map

I can’t afford to move

Cothrum’s op-ed was highly critical of baby boomers who are holding on to their childless parents’ homes and not letting younger generations buy them. Here’s the take from one baby boomer who owns a home owned by his childless parents: We haven’t moved to a smaller house because we can’t afford it.

The new homes being built seem to be only giant mansions. There don’t seem to be any smaller new homes. Why? Because developers want more money and build bigger houses? Because land is so expensive that they only build two-story houses very close to the lot line?

I would love to be able to have the wealth of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk and be able to build houses like the ones Fox & Jacobs used to build or smaller one-story, one- to three-bedroom homes. That would allow first-time homebuyers to have a smaller first home and then move up to a larger one as their family grows.

It would also allow older homeowners to downsize without having to settle for multimillion-dollar homes, be able to stay in the area where they work, have access to higher levels of medical facilities and not leave a huge debt to their children.

Sheila Swenholt, East Plano

Happy trails to Burns

Re: “For an 83-year-old, a million steps and a big goal in Spain”, by Scott Burns, Sunday Business column.

Good wayScott. Ultreia!

Keith Jones, Dallas/Knox-Henderson

There is more than a name

Re: “The history of street names: a long and winding road”, Sunday news.

The street name “Bong” may not actually refer to marijuana, as implied in the story. Such slang use likely did not begin until the 1960s. Perhaps the name commemorates Major Richard Bong, the American World War II fighter pilot ace and Medal of Honor recipient.

Peter Haskel, Lewes, Delaware.

The NFL and NBA need minor leagues

Re: “College sports have gone too far: Transient players get transient coaches at schools in transient conferences,” by Robert Hall, Saturday Opinion.

I agree with most of what Hall says and I think I have a solution: the National Football League and the National Basketball Association should create minor leagues. This would divert those players who prefer to be simply sportsmen rather than student-athletes.

Today, high school football players with aspirations for a professional career have no choice but to sign with a college. If a minor league existed (similar to AAA in baseball and the AHL in hockey), that player could get good coaching and playing experience and move up to the NFL when talent and experience warrant it. The dedicated student would still have the option to play in college. The same is true for basketball.

As more top-level players choose a fully professional, paid position on a team over the semi-pro college squad, the importance of the college game in American sports would diminish and the types of problems Hall mentions could dissipate.

Paul Bradburn, Dallas

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