DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!
By Max R. Weller
See the Daily Camera’s report here. The Homeless Philosopher has learned that Bridge House is once again sponsoring a candidate for Boulder City Council, just as they did in 2011 (you’ll surely remember Ron Chase, the homeless man who claimed that he lived in a tree). Their “homeless advocate” this time is Mr. Monroe Newsom, currently serving time in Boulder County Jail for stabbing another transient on Boulder Creek Path in 2014:
Mr. Newsom says, “Boulder needs to do much more for the homeless like me, then maybe we’ll stop carrying BIG knives and stabbing [other homeless] people in the back. Still, I’m grateful to everyone at Bridge House for making me what I am today.”
Isabel McDevitt, executive director of Bridge House
Well, the place I’m now going to call “Drunkards’ Wallow” — right next to my spot on the wall in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, underneath the only shade tree, and immediately behind the large NO TRESPASSING sign — was once again occupied yesterday afternoon by three of the inebriates who have been loitering there for the past few weeks. They took turns panhandling on the corner of U.S. 36, barely able to stand upright, and despite the fact that they received their monthly disability benefit checks from Uncle Sugar on Friday (SSI) and again on Monday (SSDI). Beats me why they do it, with hundreds of dollars in their pockets already, courtesy of the taxpayers. But, I was delighted to see that almost all of the passersby ignored their pleas for more $$$ to spend on cigarettes, booze, and dope.
It’s about time their act moved elsewhere. How about back to Denver?
I just finished a collection of tales about mountain men circa 1830-1840, given to me by my friend who lives in Longmont, and it was a most entertaining book. The pitiful homeless people I see attempting to live outdoors today wouldn’t have survived for a week in such challenging conditions.
Tonight at my campsite: popcorn chicken from King Soopers on Table Mesa.