Dick Turpin's Column (May 1) struck a nerve.
The height of federal involvement in developing affordable middle-class housing, and the greatest housing and economic boom the nation has ever known, came from the late '40s to the late '60s as millions of veterans bought their first homes through the Veterans Administration, prospered, and moved up to second and third homes.
Now, almost 20 years after the end of the draft, there aren't enough people eligible for VA loans to make much of a difference in the housing market. More and more of the fewer and fewer buyers are second-timers or investors because no one else has the down payment or can qualify.
The solution is no-down mortgage funding. Period. If the government can't think of a reason to extend "VA terms" to lower-middle class citizens in general (without reinstituting the draft or going to war), then private enterprise should do so.