The mice move in with me, and more

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

By Max R. Weller

I’d have thought that the mice near my campsite would have gone underground during this cold and snowy weather, but two of ’em decided that my burrow was much better. After all, I do have enough camping gear sandwiched by tarps to stay warm and dry — along with a supply of tasty snacks. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t mind sharing either space or food with the four-footed vermin, but these critters overnight were just pests — sort of like the Denver transients — going so far as trying to crawl up inside my winter coat for warmth after they’d chewed their way into a package of bread. The transients, of course, might stab you as well as rob you; so, I still prefer the mice.

> See Warming centers open as cold weather hits Longmont in the Times-Call. Quoting from the article:

OUR Center Executive Director Edwina Salazar said her organization is more focused on getting people into stable housing but is also the contact point for people with children or teenagers stuck in emergency housing situations.

She said people in need can call the center during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends, if they are in need of a place to stay. People should call the Longmont Police Department after hours,

My online comment follows:

The OUR Center’s solution for homeless single adults seeking emergency shelter in life-threatening weather conditions is: “Sorry, you must go somewhere else (the millions of dollars we rake in from gullible donors is better spent on a high profile transitional living program and a new facility — which will, in turn, lead to more donations from gullible donors).”

See: https://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/2013/12/…

> A disgrace and a disservice to veterans in need: Denver veterans file discrimination complaint, say housing is dangerous in the Denver Post. From the report:

For Anthony Mitchell, the Fourth Quarter Residences were a godsend, a low-rent haven for homeless and disabled veterans at a time when he and his wife were living in their car.

Now, more than three years after residents began moving into the 36-unit complex, he and others describe a building where security is so lax that neighborhood drug addicts and prostitutes move freely through the halls, and strangers sleep in the stairwells.

Handicapped bathrooms on the first floor are often locked, and tenants don’t have access to stairs that lead between floors. Mitchell and others whose medications cause incontinence sometimes soil themselves before they can get back to their apartments.

“In the beginning, it was lovely. It has turned into a huge crack house,” said Mitchell, a veteran of the first Gulf War.

Mitchell is among 11 tenants of the complex in Five Points who have filed Fair Housing complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development against Fourth Quarter Partners LLLP, the owner, and Burgwyn Residential Management Services.

The building is part of a supportive housing program for chronically homeless veterans that combines HUD rental assistance and Veterans Affairs’ long-term case-management services to help homeless veterans.

> Read the letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera. Copied below in its entirety:

As members of the Farmers Alliance for Integrated Resources (FAIR), representing farming and ranching interests in Boulder County, we want to extend our sincerest “thank you” to voters in Boulder County, as well as around the state, for supporting farming by defeating Proposition 105, the misleading food-labeling initiative. This initiative, defeated by a two-to-one margin statewide and by a majority of voters in Boulder County, would have significantly hurt local farmers’ ability to competitively grow, harvest, transport, and sell our local crops.

When we talked to other farmers and to voters, we were continually heartened to realize that the more people learned how much the measure would have hurt local farmers, the more they opposed it. Many of us are multi-generational farmers, and have been farming with good land stewardship methods for decades. We provide local food, as well as preserving open lands and preventing development, while retaining farmland buffers between cities and towns. We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation of voters’ support of our farms and farmers.

Dan Lisco, Chad Musick, and Paul Schlagel

FAIR Board of Directors 

Thanksgiving is coming:

Marilyn Monroe circa 1950

As always, I’ll feast on great-tasting Spam sandwiches.

That’s all for now . . .

> Addendum: Nonprofit Scrooge of the Year for 2013: Longmont’s OUR Center

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