Er'ybody always tryna get their own slice of that Big Poop Pie.
Hey mercury, your murder house stories aren't spooky! It's as if you've never seen an episode of law and order. The lack of resolution in most of the stories, I guess, was supposed to lend a "...and the murderer still haunts the streets to this day," sort of feel. But instead it feels like many of the writers were stretching to imagine motives and providing unsatisfying conclusions. Also, thanks for the gay history lesson which felt mocking with the line, "They couldn't even marry! Dark days, indeed." On the plus side, the artwork was fantastic.
It's as if you guys don't like murder stories. The art for this is really great BTW.
Sooooooo.... the one about the gay guys? What I'm taking away from that is that there is no evidence whatsoever that they were killed because they were gay.
Oh, and true story -- literally just googled "David Lindell Portland" and found this seemingly likely candidate in the first result: http://www.justmugshots.com/oregon/portlan…
So... don't tend roses near that guy.
@Jimmy Carter: OH, WELL, THAT'S COMFORTING. Wait -- how recently at Colonel Summers Park?!
Also, girl in the first story is CRAYYYYY.
"The last published description of the disturbed young man appeared in the Oregonian on September 11, 1985, when he was 20. It said he's '6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 243 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair.'"
Typical Oregonian, won't even report the race of the perpetrator. How are we supposed to help apprehend them?! This PC crap needs to end!
I read it that way, too, theterminizer. And who *wouldn't* want to adopt the cute little bugger?
"And she wanted to adopt the man's child. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY"
Wait, Humphrey was his child??
With a little work (but much less dramatic effect), the author might have found that David P. Lindell was, in fact, apprehended and went on to spend time in prison in Oregon and Washington for a variety of crimes including bank robbery. He also seems to enjoy spending time getting drunk at Colonel Summers Park in SE Portland. His sentence for brutally murdering Lloyolla Miller may have seemed inadequate at the time, but he seems to be punishing himself fairly well, by design or otherwise.
Or at least it makes a good story...or it would if the author had tracked him down and interviewed him for his side of the story. Maybe by now he would be willing to tell the story.
Okay, so half the homeless are off their rockers. What's to be done with the other half? Tents under a bridge, just don't cut it. Apartments are extravagant. A private room with separate shower stalls and toilets down the hall is more than adequate. The high rise parking structures at Portland State University are vacant at night. Tents could be pitched after evening classes, taken down during the day, and stored on site. There are showers at Peter Stott Center, and toilets all over campus. The precious, new, Recreation Center could be left for the VIP members. Counselors could assist in guests to enroll in school and obtain financial aid. There is even a school of social work where students could get practicum for working with clients to enable them to further integrate into society.
Voluntary, revocable, self commitment to a properly run, mental hospital is the solution to half the homeless problem. However, if a mentally ill or retarded individual keeps getting arrested for acts of violence or theft, then they ought to be sentenced to confinement in a criminal section of such a hospital, rather then sent to prison. However, forced medication and lobotomies are inhumane and criminal, in and of itself. Psychiatry is for the most part, ineffective. First, do no harm.
President, Ronald Reagan, having watched the fine, black comedic film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" acknowledged the actual abuse that was occurring in State mental institutions, all across the United States. His solution was to cut Federal funding. The results are found manifest today, with many of the homeless, who are largely in that situation due to mental illness.
Nope. I think just calling her an idiot is good enough.
But I would have to agree with you that she is obviously mentally incompetent.
What would you propose, frankieb, genocide? Or do you prefer the old idea of forced sterilization of mental incompetents?
Ultimately, these people have to learn to help themselves.
Perhaps the social programs in place do not do enough to help some get back on their feet, but there are many programs out there.
The problem with some of these people, and I'm calling you out Mubarak, is that they are Professional Homeless.
With Dignity Village, the idea was to have a place for these folks to sleep safely and in relative comfort while getting them back on their feet - but the place has many folks living there year after year.
I suspect R2D2 will be much the same, once it gets city-sanctioned and wooden walls replace tents.
And, what about that completely stupid woman wanting to bring a child into a world that she obviously cannot handle?
I don't understand the lack of outrage.
This was one of the best features I've read in the Mercury, and I'd like to see more pieces written about the social problems the city deals with. I think Denis approached it exactly as it needed to be - by actually getting to know the people involved and learning about why R2Dtoo works, why people choose it over other shelter options. A lot of privileged, upper middle class white people in Portland love to lament this city's issues with homelessness and the lack of diversity. I don't doubt that they would like to see these things get fixed, but I think most people prefer to see it in the abstract instead of involving themselves, talking to people, learning how they can make change that goes beyond donating money. What's happening with R2Dtoo, the city, and the pearl district seems to be amplifying some serious class issues we're facing here and it's an important thing to investigate. Well done Denis.
@CC, yet there remains much I do agree with them on, and cherish the youth point of view as well.
I call 'em as I see 'em, what can I say?
What's really needed is a homeless dating service, where the gainfully employed, can find destitute lovers to take into their homes.
Denis, this is a great piece, thanks for doing it.
@frankieb, Given your unceasing negative comments about the homeless, I LOVE that you couch your objection in your oh-so-real concern that an actual homeless person might have been denied a tent.
Seriously though, is there some reason you read this paper? You know no one requires you to read a free newspaper that you completely disagree with philosophically, right?
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