‘Embarrassed by the area around Colorado Capitol and Civic Center’

A homeless man sleeps between the columns at Civic Center Park in Denver on April 12, 2014. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

A homeless man sleeps between the columns at Civic Center Park in Denver on April 12, 2014. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

Read the letter-to-editor in the Denver Post. Copied below in its entirety:

I just spent four days in our nation’s capital and was amazed at how clean the entire area surrounding the White House, Capitol Building, memorials and museums was. No trash, no homeless people, no panhandling. I want to ask our governor: Why can we not have this in the area around the Colorado Capitol?

Civic Center and the Capitol area in Denver are an embarrassment. People lying on the ground, trash everywhere, aggressive panhandlers, rampant drug use. There are school buses lined up, tourists and locals going about their business — and the place is a mess. I frequent this area for business, and it is embarrassing.

While Washington, D.C., has many faults on a political level, the atmosphere and appearance are tremendous — and very inspiring. Let’s please clean up our Capitol area and parks so we can present a great example of our wonderful state of Colorado.

Michael Corboy, Denver

My online comment to the DP website follows:

The scene described above is being sponsored by the homeless shelter/services industry, which operates by this creed: More Homeless People = More Money. Think about the tens of millions of dollars spent in Denver alone in the past few years, then look at the result — more homeless people on the streets than ever before, and all too many belong to the worst-behaved segment who prey on each other, as well as on the broader community in which they live.

I’m homeless myself over thirteen years now, but NEVER have I been any part of the sociopathic mob. Most of us are not. We stay out of sight, try to respect ourselves and each other and society, and will simply move along when required to do so.

The do-gooders’ idea that the chronically homeless can be reformed if only the right program is offered to them is complete BULL. All that society ought to do is provide a minimal level of emergency aid in wintertime, along with enforcing all of the laws necessary for public health and safety.

— MRW

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