Boulderite wants 10,000 Syrian refugees to settle here!


Syrian refugees landing in Greece

By Max R. Weller

Read the story in the Daily Camera; it’s unfortunately for real: Boulder City Council eyes broad ‘inclusivity’ declaration. Quoting from the febrile musings below:

Boulder City Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said council members had been contacted earlier this fall by Boulder resident Susan Wortman, who is also development director for Clinica Family Health in Lafayette.

Moved by dire headlines from the Mideast, and citing a photograph of a Syrian 3-year-old washed up on a Turkish beach,  Wortman wrote — speaking for herself, not her employer (emphasis is mine — MRW)that “10,000 immigrants need to move to a specific town, into a home with a real address. Why not Boulder?”

Wortman added that she and her husband could host a refugee family short-term and proposed that Boulder is well-positioned to help some of the Syrians. “If Boulder does take up this sponsorship, I think we should challenge every other city in the United States to do the same,” Wortman wrote.

Okay, she’s backing off her statement that Boulder needs to accommodate all 10,000, I guess that was just left-wing hyperbole, perhaps fueled by one too many glasses of yuppie wine and a bit of weed . . . If not 10,000 Syrian refugees does she mean 1,000 or 100 or how many?

The most obvious PROBLEM is that Boulder, CO is unable now to house the hundreds of transients from Denver and elsewhere — many of whom are bad actors and consume a disproportionate share of available shelter/services. What’s alarming is that Morzel and Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones are taking this harebrained idea for Obama’s refugees seriously. Granted, a so-called declaration has no legal force and is little more that a Feel Good gesture. Even so, these folks are NUTS.

Well, what the Hell — Ms. Wortman wants to take in stray people, that choice is hers. From a Google search, here’s her address:

Susan M. Wortman

2887 Tincup Circle

Boulder, CO 80305

Susan, I hope you get lots of responses to your kind offer of sanctuary! And I trust that you’ll have a criminal background check done for every adult refugee you invite into your home.

Addendum: Maybe Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones should pay more attention to her day job as executive director of Eco-Cycle, and less attention to grandstanding about world issues: Boulder County’s Eco-Cycle in a slump, as losses mount and markets shift.

Odd, isn’t it? This info about Suzanne Jones was NOT reported before the elections for Boulder City Council earlier this month . . .

Transients to be served beer and wine at Boulder Library’s Canyon Theater


By Max R. Weller

No, I’m NOT making this up; Boulder library to launch art house cinema in Canyon Theater in the Daily Camera tells the story. Quoting from the article below:

The Boulder Public Library plans to turn the Canyon Theater on the north side of the Main Public Library into an art house movie theater three nights a week.

The movie theater, which is scheduled to open in early 2016, is the result of more than a year of discussions between the library and Downtown Boulder Inc,, which will manage ticket sales, alcohol service (emphasis is mine — MRW) and marketing.

Continuing excerpt:

The library has obtained a liquor license to serve beer and wine at the cinema . . .

The most recent library director — we get a new one every couple of years — expressed his hope of getting the “right audience” at this new venue. Well, David Farnan, how do you expect to keep the inebriated transients out? They will ruin the experience for everyone else, as they do already on both the north and south sides of the 1001 Arapahoe facility.

I commented about this on my Facebook page yesterday, and e-mailed my thoughts to BPL in the morning:

Excuse me for just one moment — isn’t this the same library which has been plagued for years by drunken bums committing all sorts of misbehavior and (generally) petty crimes on its premises? The library which has lost a number of its patrons (including me) because we no longer feel safe there? Now, you’re going to serve alcohol?

I feel badly for my friends who work in the “front lines” at BPL. The higher-ups running things are just clueless!

Last evening, I finally received this e-mail reply from someone named Laura Hankins:

Hi Max,

The Boulder Public Library is partnering with Downtown Boulder to produce this new set of events. The thought of bringing film to the downtown Boulder area has many long time residents very excited. Staff at the library are also very excited to be able to offer such a rich complement of films for our patrons. If you have further concerns feel free to call us during regular business hours, and I will be happy to put you in touch with our Administrative team.


Laura Hankins, Adult Services

No wonder it took several hours to craft this response; it’s a completely evasive statement that fails to address the issue of alcohol being provided to those who have demonstrated on a daily basis that they can’t handle it. Laura might as well have said, “We don’t want to face harsh reality and prefer to Feel Good about ourselves.” Although she didn’t say that, I can read between the lines of her e-mail reply . . .

The other matter that should concern everyone is this — how was this negotiation between BPL and Downtown Boulder kept secret for over a year? The DC report is the first I’ve heard of it, and I pay closer attention than most Boulder residents. We’ve been presented with a fait accompli.


Can’t you just see the pickled idjits staggering around as they try to find a seat?

Adopt a bum


My all-time favorite post, one I think is especially appropriate at Thanksgiving.

Originally posted on homelessphilosopher:

By Max R. Weller

(I’ve already been adopted, thank you).

Consider the abject failure of Denver’s Road Home, that city’s so-called 10-year plan to end homelessness; after 7 years and almost $60 million spent, Denver has more homeless people on the streets AND more “formerly homeless” people as permanent dependents of the social services industry than ever before! The situation there has reached a crisis stage, according to an editorial in the Denver Post, despite hundreds of Denver’s homeless using neighboring Boulder, CO as an overflow destination for shelter/services. (It must be noted here that emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless will be closed as of May 1st, not opening again until October 15th). It’s just terrible, unless you’re employed in the industry and making a living from the misfortune of others; in that case, you’re sitting pretty.

Perhaps the biggest factor keeping the chronically homeless people I’ve observed in a “marginalized”…

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“Bowling for Bums: My Life as a Charity Whore” — an excerpt


This is, of course, Longmont’s OUR Center.

Originally posted on homelessphilosopher:

(Copied from Chapter Nine, “At Least People in Prison Have Some Place to Sleep”)

By A. Price

There is a Poor House in Longmont. Except unlike its counterparts in 19th century London, you aren’t allowed to sleep there overnight. No matter how poor you may be, unlike a real 19th century Poor House, in Longmont you are tossed out on your ass at 4 pm — no matter the weather.

The Poor House actually used to let homeless adults sleep inside if it was snowing or the temperature dropped below 20 degrees, but once they launched their four million dollar capital campaign to purchase a bigger building, they kicked the homeless out the door.

Apparently homeless people sleeping on cots in a snow storm makes a bad impression to major donors being enticed to support a nonprofit agency whose mission is assistance and self-sufficiency services for the poor. What? Say…

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