David Roach Democrat Mayor
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Some of my more affluent friends are having a hard time understanding why so many people in our community are passionate about the plight of the local homeless. These well-meaning friends understand that its cold outside and that it sucks to be homeless. (Sound familiar? Like some of our City councilmen....) But they don't get why so many people who aren't in this situation are so angry and passionate about homelessness now. As one friend put it, "it's not like it hasn't been around forever."
And right there....this lack of understanding between the classes....this is why something like the Jeff Landis Homeless Challenge was soooo vitally important. It was a submersion in a real-life school-of-hard-knocks experience that if undertaken would have totally changed the life of the participant.
To my affluent friends and to members of City Council who don't get why so many are upset by how the homeless are being treated, maybe this cartoon will help you visualize the true state of our local economy and how so many people are one or two paychecks away from being homeless themselves.
Its pretty simple--you can't "develop an economy" that doesn't produce the kind of self-sustaining jobs that your people can be employed to pay the kind of excessive taxes that you suffer them to pay, creating a situation where they are barely surviving and then expect them to be quiet when their family or friends or neighbors or strangers that they see at church or in the line at the food bank, etc. and not expect them to feel empathetic for a situation that they could find themselves in at any given time.
People have criticized me when I say that we need to focus on temporary pre-shelter shelters that consists of sleeping bags and tents, but folks....that proposal is far more humane than what the street homeless currently have access too. Mayor Henry and all NINE members of City Council should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this needless suffering to continue.
ill possible, wind chills could fall as low as -25°! Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes with this kind of bitter cold .... Warming Centers for the NIGHT??? Citi Link buses lined up and running? Anything? Anything at all for those OUR men and women of the elements as they battle to make it through the night on the streets of this city .... on this oh so special day of love?? Anything???