DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, DON’T REWARD BAD BEHAVIOR!
By Max R. Weller
Is this guy crazy or what? Most of the Froot Loops sticking up for BUMS from everywhere outside of Boulder County, CO are members of a Facebook group called Boulder Rights Watch. BTW, don’t join their group if you’re hoping to engage in a constructive debate with any of them; they resent anyone challenging their pro-BUM stance.
Evan Ravitz, in his court appearance a few years ago demanding that the CU campus be turned over to stoners on 4/20 every year; the judge was NOT persuaded.
Read his letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera here: Boulder should establish legal campground. Copied below in its entirety:
The Sunshine fire is another reason why City Council must finally do what the late great Dr. Bob McFarland asked over 50 years ago: establish a legal campground for our hordes of summer visitors, homeless and others. If it’s legal, the fire ban can be enforced. Now people hide their camps and fires in the trees!
I think a campground should be right on the saddle area due west of the red rocks in Settlers Park, which is now burned. Legal campers will report illegal camps and especially fires!
The DU Law School report shows we’re spending millions extra on jailing the homeless and sending them to the emergency room instead of accepting them. A campground will cost mere thousands. I propose it charge $5-10 a night or 1/2-1 hour of work.
The saddle area is perfect because it has both purified Betasso water and ditch water available and a Parks Department road connecting to Sunshine Canyon. People have been camping in the areas between Boulder and Sunshine Canyon for decades, and this is not the first fire they’ve caused.
At a City Council study session, said they would support a legal campground. Please tell council what you think: email@example.com
Remember, you only see the in-your-face homeless. Most are hiding. Many are children or whole families. Boulder causes homelessness in at least three ways: 1. Ever-increasing rents. 2. Zoning that prohibits tiny homes, etc. 3. Boulder is a center for automation, which since 2000 has caused 88 percent of U.S. job losses, with far more to come. That’s why the world’s foremost and most conscientious entrepreneur, Elon Musk, favors a guaranteed minimum income like Ontario and Finland are now trying.
Homeless haters, your job and home could be next! (Emphasis is mine — MRW)
I hope that Mr. Ravitz was simply careless in his choice of words for the final sentence of this published letter. I thought, at first, that he was making some vague threat of arson directed at Boulder businesses and residents’ homes . . . Who knows? I understand that he fell and landed on his head several times during his days as a circus performer on Pearl Street Mall here in Boulder. At least the DC did NOT use him as a source in their report Sunshine Fire reignites debate about homeless camping in Boulder.
His argument is totally lacking in merit, and I’ll tell you why:
1) The worst-behaved transients will NOT be interested in any legal campground with even minimal rules, the opportunity for authorities to keep an eye on them, and a charge for its use.
2) For that matter, the Homeless Philosopher — who isn’t burning down the countryside or causing any trouble whatsoever — would NEVER be interested in a “legal” campground shared by homeless alcoholics, Marijuana Travelers, and other assorted riffraff.
(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)