By Max R. Weller
Boulder, CO “homeless advocates”
Two big loads of manure published over the weekend:
1) First up, it’s Rob Smoke in this guest opinion piece in the Daily Camera: Housing is the solution for homelessness. My online comment and a reply to it are copied below:
homelessphilosopher: Yes, Rob Smoke, let’s consider substance abuse. The one and only way that any alcoholic/drug addict is able to get clean and sober is by MAKING THE CHOICE each and every day. Granted, medical intervention to detox is required in a few cases, but after that it’s entirely on the shoulders of the newly clean and sober individual. No program will magically make you give up your substance of choice, and most people I’ve known who have been in rehab are just gaming the system for a variety of reasons, and will return to drinking/drugging ASAP.
Furthermore, let’s consider what self-styled advocates for the homeless are really doing: https://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/2014/06/…
Thanks for nothing, Rob.
odarren: The trouble with your opinion, with all due respect, is that it is based on how you view the world, not how the world is. In Portugal, where they decriminalized drug use and made drug rehabilitation available, none of the predicted negatives occurred, and drug use decreased. For example, the number of people seeking treatment nearly doubled and they have the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.
From the article:
The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.
“Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success,” says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. “It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does.”
Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal’s drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.
homelessphilosopher: Portugal? Really?
Look at Boulder, CO: https://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/april-20…
2) Next up is Bill Cohen and Darren O’Connor with this DC guest opinion: Council member uncovers community culture clash. Again, my online comment is copied below:
homelessphilosopher: When the self-appointed advocates for the homeless start apologizing/enabling for the worst-behaved transients, they slander the 80% of homeless people who choose to behave decently. Programs costing many millions of dollars here in Boulder are being directed at bums, who won’t benefit at all; the best example is the 31-unit Housing First project for active alcoholics being built at 1175 Lee Hill, next door to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on N. Broadway. They will continue dying of alcohol poisoning and stabbing each other in their brand new apartments ($200,000 apiece), if what has happened at the Housing First facility in Anchorage, AK is any guide. See: https://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/2012/05/…
The link to adn.com within the blog post above isn’t working at the moment, but I quoted the relevant portions of that news report.
How do you folks who reside and/or own businesses in the neighborhood around BSH at 4869 N. Broadway feel about homeless campers trespassing onto your property, and using your outdoor electrical outlets to charge their cell phones overnight? I can report that the manager of Bustop Gentleman’s Club took a dim view of it this morning around 5:30AM. As I was waiting for the shelter to open at 6, three Boulder PD vehicles rolled up behind the strip club; Dallas Transient (I posted about DT last Friday) was lectured and released, but I observed another homeless man being taken into custody and transported to Boulder County Jail. Officers also searched the neighborhood surrounding the strip club.
BTW, I’ve never owned a cell phone.
That’s all for now . . .