HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT THE WORST-BEHAVED TRANSIENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!
By Max R. Weller
1) Commentaries in yesterday’s Daily Camera from both Darren O’Connor (self-styled homeless advocate) and three board members at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless were entirely predictable, regurgitating the same tired old talking points and ignoring the reality of homelessness in Boulder, CO as I present it. I won’t bother to post the links to their drivel here, but I have to wonder if BSH’s executive director has fallen into disfavor, since he wasn’t one of the trio of authors.
If the board wants to do something useful, they should fire Greg Harms first and then resign as a body.
BTW, I’m still waiting for Boulder Shelter to admit that one of their staff members did steal $350+ from my locker there last March, and compensate me for that loss — $350 is a HUGE amount of cash for any homeless person to lose, especially through no fault of their own.
2) I was enjoying sitting on the wall along the sidewalk in the 4900 block of N. Broadway yesterday afternoon, when one of the drunks came along with an overstuffed plastic grocery bag from Safeway full of various condiments. That bag ripped open, spilling everything, so he went somewhere and got another plastic bag. That, too, ripped open and all of the stuff again hit the sidewalk. He then tied up the hole in bag #2, and tried to pick it up again; this time when the contents fell out, a large glass bottle of hot sauce broke, leaving a big red puddle.
That’s why this spot in front of the Mexican restaurant looks like it was the scene of BLOODY MURDER.
I just left, briefly flying a sign on the corner of U.S. 36 before continuing on to my campsite.
3) I had been considering applying for food stamps in order to donate canned goods to a local food pantry for poor and homeless families, and also applying for the Colorado Old Age Pension (available at age 60 for those not receiving Social Security or SSI) which could be up to $700 per month. However, it remains true that there is an abundance of food available to those in need, so my donations would be superfluous, and the bureaucrats are not above trying to use cash benefits as leverage to force one into a transitional living program and then a homeless ghetto project. I know more than one hardy outdoor-type homeless man whose money was in fact cut off because he refused the substandard housing which is typically available.
OAP is NOT for me under these circumstances — and it’s EXTORTION to use it as the do-gooders apparently are. They ought to be prosecuted and jailed upon conviction.
4) Boulder City Council seems to have lost sight of what the majority of citizens want them to do about homelessness: Focus on helping Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children.
Everything that city staff and nonprofits are striving to accomplish only INCREASES the number of transients here.
Here’s the question we need to address: