A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
You’ll note that I’ve changed my slogan (above). I did so after seeing what local do-gooders at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and BOHO had posted on their Facebook pages:
It’s no wonder the worst-behaved transients from Denver and elsewhere are running things at our homeless shelter/services providers, if those who should be in charge are afraid to take the reins. It’s as if the do-gooders really believe in their hearts that homeless folks in general can’t be expected to show respect for themselves, respect for others, and respect for the community.
I’ve got NEWS for you: 80% of us do just that, on a daily basis, but very few notice. That’s understandable; stabbings, sexual assaults, deaths due to alcohol poisoning and/or drug overdose, etc. are what the media reports, along with the condescending views of Isabel McDevitt, Joy Eckstine Redstone, et al.
Some of the wealthy white elites in our fair city still try to tell me that I don’t understand the issue of homelessness as it presents itself here in Boulder, CO. In a few cases, they’re quite angry that I dare to express my viewpoint, contradicting the conventional [stupidity]. So, they stumble along in darkness, writing big checks to local nonprofits, convinced that doing so entitles them to FEEL GOOD about themselves.
No matter . . . The wisest and most kindhearted Boulderites I’ve met during my time here, almost seven years now, are members of the working poor and the middle classes. It’s certainly been an eye-opener for me, and I’m grateful for their support.
I also appreciate the occasional celebrity endorsement:
Hard to beat brains and beauty together (Ms. Alba is a successful businesswoman).
That’s all for now.