Monthly Archives: February 2017

‘Salvation Army Crossroads shelter in Denver to be demolished and rebuilt in 2019’

Read the report in the Denver Post here. Excerpt copied below:

The Salvation Army plans to demolish its overcrowded Crossroads Shelter and rebuild in the same location in Denver’s River North Arts District, according to the charity’s Lt. Col. Daniel Starrett.

In the meantime, the nonprofit faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs to correct safety violations found during Denver Fire Department inspections of the 80-year-old building.

And that task may be as tough as finding a temporary location for the shelter while the old building is torn down and rebuilt to meet the demands of a homeless population that is growing because of a booming economy, legal marijuana and ease of access to Medicaid, Starrett said.

“The Salvation Army is working with the city to find buildings,” Starrett said, noting that some people are resistant to having the homeless in their midst. “Everybody thinks we should help them, but nobody wants it in their neighborhood.”

An average of 634 men stayed in the shelter each night in December, up from 563 nightly in December 2015, and 441 during the same month of 2014. In December 2013, the month before recreational sales of marijuana became legal in Colorado, the average was 259 men. (Emphasis is mine — MRW)

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Really, it’s no mystery that MANY of these homeless men will board an RTD bus for Boulder, and exacerbate the transient problem in our city.

Because Boulder do-gooders operate by the creed More Homeless People = More Money (from both public and private funding sources), they’re probably jumping for joy at this moment.

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— MRW 

It’s easier to buy hard drugs on the streets than cough syrup at King Soopers (sometimes)

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT TRANSIENTS!

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By Max R. Weller

From what I can gather, there seems to be a problem with high school-age kids here in Boulder, CO abusing cough syrup — in the mistaken notion that they can get high. WTF? So, the King Soopers on Table Mesa where I shop, which is not too far away from Fairview High School, has this brilliant policy to “require” photo ID from anyone wanting to purchase a product like this one:

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Note that the label clearly states Alcohol Free (not that it matters; I’m 61 years of age).

Read more detailed info on Kroger brand Non-Drowsy Tussin CF here.

Most of the checkers at this store have learned who I am over the years, and no longer pester me to show proof that I’m at least 21, but this morning I had the misfortune to encounter some anal-retentive jerk I’d never seen before who insisted I show him a valid state ID with photo and date of birth. I showed him one from another state, Missouri, because I’ve never bothered to replace the Colorado ID I lost several years ago. (My fingerprint is still in the system here, and all I’d have to do is pay the fee to have my Colorado ID replaced.) BTW, that Missouri ID is one I used to open a bank account back in my home state when I still resided there, and it’s also the one I’ve presented to law enforcement officers here in Colorado. Nobody has objected to its validity until this clown.

Of course, after losing my patience I asked for a store manager to be called. After he also made the ridiculous assertion that my Missouri ID was invalid, he nonetheless permitted me to buy this Alcohol Free cough syrup . . . Strangely enough, I once bought a bottle of the old family recipe, W.L. Weller bourbon, at Liquor Mart here in Boulder without any question at all to my age. Perhaps that would have been a better option for me this morning!

Naturally, I’ll continue to shop at this King Soopers location — now having evened the score by blogging about the experience.

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Addendum: Regarding my previous post, I’d love to hear from those who have had negative experiences at Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO) in the past. I’ve NEVER stayed there myself, so I need the eyewitness accounts of those who have and lived to regret it. Contact me by e-mail: homelessphilosopher@hotmail.com or simply reply to this post. I will NOT use anyone’s real identity in a future blog about BOHO. 

Random stuff I used to post on Facebook (before I dumped it)

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT TRANSIENTS!

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By Max R. Weller

1) Good on President Trump for taking to heart Mitt Romney’s comment made last year, “Marijuana makes people stupid.” Sure, there are exceptions; but for every Ph.D. smoking weed there are probably at least a hundred homeless potheads. See White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement from CNN. And while we’re at it, let’s investigate to determine just where these marijuana entrepreneurs obtained the startup capital to open their businesses — since NO bank will touch them. My guess would be Mexican or South American drug cartels, seizing on the opportunity to “launder” illegal drug profits:

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2) Does anyone living in the Real World support Boulder’s Muni Scam? See Pete Lorenzen: IBM and the city of Boulder’s proposed municipal utility in the Daily Camera. Meanwhile, Boulder City Council’s motto remains:

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3) I hadn’t paid much attention to Sen. Cory Gardner (nor to Sen. Michael Bennet), but if the Looney Left inside the Boulder Bubble hates him the Homeless Philosopher LOVES him . . .

4) Read Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin from the online Guardian.

5) I’m once again at Boulder Public Library’s 1001 Arapahoe homeless shelter today, and there has NOT been an obviously intoxicated BUM openly guzzling rotgut vodka and bouncing around in his seat as he watches some gyrating video ho — then pulling out what we used to call an “Afro fork” and stabbing at the rat’s nest on top of his head. BTW, I think he was a Caucasian.

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I don’t think I could have tolerated another such character as yesterday’s.

6) I’m chagrined at this story in the Denver Post involving Bob Greenlee, who had kind things to say about this blog in his Daily Camera column some time ago: Preying on community compassion.

7) I haven’t been feeling very well for quite a while now, and I hope that I don’t wind up in the god-awful Boulder Manor Progressive Care Center again. Maybe warmer weather and fewer transients over the Summer will help both my body and spirit.

1175 Lee Hill case manager ‘helps’ aggressive panhandling client at N. Broadway & U.S. 36

Originally published on 4/23/2015 . . .

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A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

This is a TRUE tale — and further evidence that the Housing First program here in Boulder, CO is FUBAR.

Who knows what goes through the minds of Housing First program residents in their brand new apartments at 1175 Lee Hill (built at a cost of over $200,000 each)? Since this facility opened last Fall, however, I can report seeing two HF clients panhandling at the nearby corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36. With all of the cash benefits and other social services they receive in addition to housing, you have to wonder why it’s still necessary for them to “fly a sign” as they’ve done for years previously.

The NEW 31-unit, $6 million plus Housing First project at 1175 Lee Hill in Boulder, CO

Please don’t misunderstand — this is no encroachment on me, because I gain all the…

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