Max’s Journal 9/16/2014

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

Please note the new motto for this blog (above).

Read Body found behind Arapahoe Village likely Boulder’s 6th homeless death of 2014 in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the article below:

Boulder police are investigating what appears to be the city’s sixth homeless death outdoors this year after the body of a man was found behind the Arapahoe Village shopping center over the weekend.

Police dispatchers received a call at 10:20 a.m. Saturday from a passerby who saw a body under some evergreen bushes behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 2440 Arapahoe Ave.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will work to identify the man, and conduct an investigation to determine the cause and manner of his death.

“It is being investigated as an unattended death,” Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said Monday.

Investigators believe the man was a transient, as the body was found near what appeared to be a homeless campsite, Kobel said.

My online comment follows:

Word this morning at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, from an individual who knew the deceased personally, is that he had pancreatic cancer (the disease that has taken the lives of several members of President Carter’s family).

Presumably, he would also have died in a hospice care setting.

It’s really inappropriate for the DC to lump a homeless cancer victim in with known substance abusers who died from alcohol poisoning/drug overdoses. And as to Isabel McDevitt — her constant trolling for donations to Bridge House is disgusting.

That’s all.

Why give so much as a penny to Bridge House, anyway?

She’ll never be as despicable as convicted rapist Jim Budd, but Ms. McDevitt (above) is certainly trying to plumb new depths of rotten behavior.

Aren’t we going in the wrong direction size-wise with public library services here in Boulder, CO? Recently, we had the opening of the NoBo Corner Library, and now it’s a Library Book Bike as reported in the DC. I’m still amazed, after 6 1/2 years as a resident, that our public library system gets shortchanged in the city budget. How about a full-size branch library in north Boulder? And a full-size bookmobile, too?

Boulder’s new book bike will make its debut today at Alfalfa’s from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(Credit: City of Boulder)

Speaking of books: A lady runner in my neighborhood, who has seen me in my shady spot reading in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, gave me a Barnes & Noble gift card (I just checked the balance: $40). I LOVE runners! I’ve been purchasing books, including current bestsellers, at King Soopers at my own expense, then donating them to BSH when I’m done reading; this gift card will help a lot.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on Goodreads. Thank goodness I only spent $5.99 plus tax.

I hope I can remember to buy ibuprofen at King Soopers this morning. My short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, thanks to creeping senility . . .

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