By Max R. Weller
Pickled idjit on Pearl Street (This is Boulder Colorado Facebook photo)
Read the latest silly article from the Daily Camera, Advocates: Boulder’s homeless community ‘rattled’ over 2 deaths. My DC online comment is copied below:
The self-styled advocates for the homeless just don’t get it! Their approach to making Boulder, CO a destination city for transients — despite the facts that it’s colder than heck here for much of the year AND resources are already strained to the limit by Boulder County’s own homeless population — isn’t working, nor can it ever work.
But, the local homeless shelter/services industry (both government agencies and private nonprofits) is just that, an “industry” employing lots of people and dealing with millions and millions of dollars annually. Example: $6 million initially for the 31-unit Housing First project at 1175 Lee Hill, next door to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, a collaboration between BSH and Boulder Housing Partners. That’s only 31 homeless people, at $200,000 each; what about the rest of the 748 people on the streets in the City of Boulder according to the 2013 MDHI Point-in-Time Report? There’s no money left to help them . . .
BTW, none of these “advocates” speak for me, nor do I consider myself part of any so-called homeless community in Boulder. I prefer the broader community as a place to make friends and spend my time, which likely explains why I’ve never been cited or arrested for any of the petty offenses so common among transients.
I saw the 400-pound woman transient who ate Boulder yesterday, “flying a sign” at one of the entrances to the King Soopers parking lot on Table Mesa. I didn’t get close enough to read her plea to passersby, but I imagine it was something like this:
DON’T NEED NO CASH
GIVE ME DONUTS !!
I was also told this morning that the KA-BAR knife-wielding transient, currently in Boulder County Jail, was a regular at Bridge House, where he was seeking assistance to obtain ID. I guess if the lunatic had stabbed one of the workers or volunteers there, even a pigheaded do-gooder like Isabel McDevitt would understand that radical changes are in order in re dealing with transients . . .
Hand ’em a bar of soap, and see how quickly they toss it away
From the Denver Post — Governor cuts pot revenue forecast by $20 million. Even the lowered estimate is grossly exaggerated. We’ll be lucky if marijuana revenue is enough to pay for the costs of administrative oversight of the industry and increased law enforcement expenditures due to marijuana-related crime, including murder.
Tonight at my campsite: junk food galore.