Nothing new here. It seems to take an awful lot of courage, conviction, and public support to enact any meaningful and beneficial police reforms anywhere in this country. If only politicians were volunteers.
I live in one of these buildings, and frankly I'm considering bailing out of this town within five years — even if it means being homeless — because getting buried alive is in the top five of my list of deaths to avoid.
Honestly, what we're doing with the homeless right now isn't working, and it would just be too damn expensive to send them off to colonize Mars. So, why not give it a shot? If homeless camps can be sanitary, effectively police themselves, and not besmirch the fragile aesthetics of the Epcot Center north of Chinatown ... well, it would set a precedent and provide a working model for the future.
Funny how intolerant and exclusive this supposedly tolerant and inclusive city really is.
This was a stupid idea to begin with.
Want to know why homeless people don't want the option of being connected to social services? Because even people down on their luck or enmired in a miserable addiction have enough dignity not to want to become another on of TPI's or Central City's — or any of the other turnstile agency's — trained seals, barking for local donors and government funding to the tune of "clean and sober". What happens to these guys when they sign up to be an obedient poster child for "social progress" and "compassion"? A few months to a year or two later they're back underneath the Hawthorne Bridge, unemployed, still troubled by inner demons, and wondering why in hell they decided to become clean and sober.
Besides, there's the community court, and I for one never gave a damn about twenty hours of picking up cigarette butts.
I can tell you that I view most panhandlers with hostility because as someone who collects bottles and cans I actually DO SOMETHING for my money, not sit on my ass begging. Sure, there's people who are disabled or suffer from chronic pain, and I have nothing against them at all (even sitting or standing for hours can be taxing, in its own way, so I feel for them!); but, those Road Warrior punks and other able-bodied folk are an affront the the value of money in terms of the work people have to do to collect their paychecks, and is indicative of a shamelessly self-centered attitude.
I know they don't make as much as ultra-conservatives accuse them of making, but I distinctly recall them making more than I did when I tried selling Street Roots a few years ago. What's up, Portland? You'd rather throw your money into a garbage can of entitlement complex, instead of paying for a good or service? I can count on both hands how many jobs I tried to hold and lost when I was on the streets, while these jerks were playing for chumps fools befuddled by Kerouac romanticism and skewed priorities. Apparently these people are too good to eat dinner at the Rescue Mission, or line up at Labor Ready early in the morning.
Well, they aren't getting any of my money. Try averaging between $1.25 and $2.75 an hour collecting bottles and cans! That's right, not sitting on my ass.
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