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My heart attack on Wednesday

By Max R. Weller

When I woke up around 5 on Wednesday morning, I had a sharp pain in the middle of my back and I mistakenly thought it was another kidney stone starting its journey to my bladder. No such luck . . . I went on to Norlin Library on the CU campus, and by early afternoon the pain was in my left arm and both jaws, I was dizzy, couldn’t catch my breath, and had no energy at all. ALL of the classic heart attack indicators except for sweating. I asked the security office to call the paramedics. They quickly arrived and hooked up the EKG, which showed a coronary artery blockage on the right side. I was transported to Boulder Community Hospital with lights and siren activated around 2PM.

I was rolled into an ER suite and it seemed that there were a dozen people there; my cardiologist was Dr. R., who told me that I was having a heart attack and they were taking me upstairs to do a Balloon Angioplasty and Stent procedure.

It was unsuccessful, because the blockage was on the bottom of my heart in a very narrow artery and the catheter couldn’t get in to open things up. That’s the BAD news.

The GOOD news is that the small area damaged is NOT crucial to my heart’s functioning, and I can be treated with high blood pressure meds and blood thinners. (I got a month’s supply for free from Boulder Community Health.)

I was discharged yesterday afternoon, having remained stable for 48 hours. My only pain now is in my right groin where the catheter was inserted. I’m also dizzy, but was told to expect that from the medication. Dr. R. says that he doesn’t expect any further trouble.

Again, I’d like to thank everyone at BCH!


Random stuff 5/16/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) I can never predict how things will be in my north Boulder neighborhood, around the corner of N. Broadway and U.S. 36. Yesterday, when I arrived there around 2PM, nobody was around; over the weekend, as many as 10 drunks and dope smokers at once had gathered on the wall in front of the Mexican restaurant. I picked up the overflowing trash bag (provided by ME), replaced it with a new one (also provided by ME), and carried away a bag of free clothes from last Thursday’s giveaway at Deacons’ Closet downtown which had been abandoned.

2) I’ve observed repeatedly over the years in Boulder, CO that Free Stuff has zero value to the BUMS who clamor for it the loudest. Of course, when all of life’s necessities are simply given to you, you then have money for tobacco, alcohol, and drugs . . . Never mind what [Drunken] O’Connor of Boulder Rights Watch and Mike [Humbugger] at Facing Homelessness Boulder tell you about “compassion” — both of ’em are on big ego trips, but in fact their efforts have backfired on the homeless population they claim to “advocate” for.

This is what we could have much more of year-round, if more homeless shelter / services are given to literally ANYBODY who shows up in our city! 

3) I’ve been having a problem with the thieving prairie dogs at my campsite coming over to my side of the fence and grabbing the bread I put out for the field mice. A couple of the filthy varmints got their comeuppance on Sunday, however: They sneaked over once again, passing close by a tiny rabbit that would have fit easily into the palm of my hand, and Mama Rabbit (scarcely any bigger than a prairie dog herself) came charging out of the vegetation (where she’d been watching, no doubt) with her ears laid back . . . The prairie dogs turned tail and ran back to their area, with Mama Rabbit in pursuit. When they disappeared underground, she was satisfied and came back to her spot near me. Her young one was in no danger from the fleabitten varmints, but it just tickled me no end to watch this encounter.

4) What is it that Dems expect to happen? Hillary will be declared the winner of last November’s election because a foreign power (in this case, Putin’s Russia) tried to influence the outcome? Happens in every election, you dolts!

5) Because it was on sale at King Soopers on Table Mesa, I enjoyed this sweet treat for breakfast:

It was either this now or a chocolate shake from McDonald’s this afternoon (to go along with the double cheeseburgers my friend will deliver to me). For $3, the 14 oz. Haagen-Dazs is about the same price! Wish it was on sale more often.


NO, HELL NO! ‘Boulder seeks partner on temporary shelter for [worst-behaved transients]’


By Max R. Weller

Read the report from the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Xander King makes jewelry at the Boulder Main Public Library on Wednesday. King is homeless and a self-described traveler who has been in Boulder for the

Xander King makes jewelry at the Boulder Main Public Library on Wednesday. King is homeless and a self-described traveler who has been in Boulder for the last month and a half (emphasis is mine — MRW). He said he was once ticketed in Boulder for camping on a cold and snowy day when he was keeping warm in his sleeping bag. “I thought that was a little uncalled for,” he said. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Boulder is prepared to partner with an outside organization on a temporary summer sheltering program for the homeless, the city announced this week.

A request for proposals describes a desire to pair with groups “with experience in homeless sheltering to plan and implement a temporary shelter or authorized camping program, and manage all aspects of a shelter or camp operation, including start-up, staffing, program rules and oversight, client services, security, sanitation, liaison with the city and shut down.”

Officials said preference would be given to “building-based” shelter sites, but that outdoor sites could be considered, too.

The city is hoping this partner will emerge in the next two weeks, roughly, in time to get something up and running between about June 1 and Sept. 30. As of Wednesday, no suitors had reached out, according to Zach McGee, a city spokesman.

The timing of the announcement is significant: Boulder, which has an urban camping ban in place, said on April 28 that it’d be spending more than $300,000 to increase police patrols while also increasing the frequency of homeless encampment sweeps.

This exacerbated an existing challenge to enforcement. Boulder seeks to clean up downtown, among other areas, by reducing urban camping — but with walk-up sheltering closed during warmer months, there aren’t any legal ways to sleep for homeless people not already entered into a transitional program.

Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker highlighted this dilemma in a comment last August.

“We need to come up with a summer shelter solution that gives an alternative for people to have a place to sleep,” he said. “Then, if you choose to sleep along (Boulder Creek), it’s no longer, ‘I have nowhere to sleep.’ It’s, ‘I chose not to go where I could sleep.'”

That idea was not supported by a City Council majority, and was not included in a slate of programmatic changes that became effective May 1.

So why is Boulder soliciting proposals now, two weeks after taking the first steps toward a systemic shift in homeless services, and just a few days before the council convenes for a Tuesday study session on the city’s long-term approach?

“In hindsight,” Mayor Suzanne Jones said Wednesday, “it might have been choreographed better.”

The announcement of newfound city interest in a potential summertime shelter was the result of conversations between Shoemaker, Councilman Sam Weaver, staff of Boulder homeless service providers, city Human Services Director Karen Rahn and City Manager Jane Brautigam.

“The chain of events has caused a number of people to say that we do need to provide options, and as a result the city manager has presented or is attempting to provide another option to us,” Shoemaker said, when asked about the timing of the request for proposals.

“Whether it comes to fruition as an option because someone bites on it or whether we as a council ultimately decide to follow through because someone agrees to do it remains to be seen.”

Brautigam was out of the office on Wednesday and Rahn could not be reached for an interview.

McGee said the city is “intending to support” the potential summer shelter financially, but added that no specific spending limits have yet been identified, as no organizations are yet considered serious candidates.

The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on north Broadway is one site, though, that might seem a prime candidate, but can already be ruled out.

That facility will have about 40 unused beds every night this summer, but the shelter’s original management plan requires that no walk-up services will be provided during the emergency sheltering offseason — a concession to neighbors.

It’s this quandary that partially informed the city’s decision to seek out another city facility, the East Boulder Community Center, as the possible site of cold-weather emergency sheltering for this summer. The north Boulder shelter could provide such a service, under a different management plan.

However, if an organization comes forward to partner with the city on a summertime shelter, there will presumably be no need for a separate shelter at the East Boulder Community Center for nights with bad weather.


I have never met Karen Rahn, described above as the city Human Services Director, but I’ve NEVER trusted her one bit; it’s always seemed to me that she is way too sympathetic with those apologists / enablers of the worst-behaved transients who have made our city FUBAR.

I’m sincerely hoping that this gesture is no more than a sop to the crybabies at Boulder Rights Watch . . . Goodness knows that our main goals should be: 1) TO PRIORITIZE SHELTER / SERVICES FOR HOMELESS RESIDENTS OF BOULDER COUNTY; and 2) to move the Travelers, who have no respect for this community (why else would they pee and poop in Boulder Creek?), on down the road far, far away. Or at least as far as Denver.

Clearly, the group founded by convicted rapist Jim Budd — Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO) — is finished forever. Good riddance!

Given the fact that recent heavy rains have soaked all of my camping gear, and there may not be a chance to dry it all out today, I’m considering retreating to a motel room tonight. BTW, this is a situation in which I could really have used that $350 some thief on the staff at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless stole from my locker there. I can still afford it, however, and the lure of a Real Bed in a private room is strong . . .

Random stuff 5/10/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) Letter-to-editor of the Daily Camera by Melanie Holden of Boulder, copied below in its entirety:

From what I’ve learned from Daily Camera articles, if I ever don’t want to be stuck living on the streets, all I have to do is be deemed a “dangerous sex offender” and agencies will make sure I have a roof over my head and a bed. Doesn’t seem fair that law-abiding homeless people get less support.

Melanie, I’d be thrilled to simply have a 10′ x 10′ space to park my own Tiny Coroplast House. I’d pay for the materials and build it myself. It would be good to have access to a port-a-potty nearby, and this leads us to the concept of a Tiny House Community. One thing I’d NEVER need is a bunch of “case managers” micro-managing my life — because McDonald’s wouldn’t hire them with their worthless degrees in sociology.

My house

Tiny House Community

2) Mayor Suzanne Jones of Boulder is one of the city officials who has allowed the homeless shelter / services industry here to screw things up so very badly; we’re spending many more millions of $$$ than ever, but have many more people living on the streets. She’s also the executive director of the bankrupt “nonprofit” Eco-Cycle, which only now is subject to a competitive bidding process after 40 years of crooked politics behind the scenes (Suzanne’s twin sister, Elise Jones, is a Boulder County Commissioner):

Will NEVER be invited to visit my tiny house.

3) When I got off of the northbound SKIP bus at Broadway & Canyon earlier to walk over to our Main Library, I saw several transients standing around in the Bandshell, and one was passed out on stage. Always anxious to be of help, I yelled to them: “Get that f***ing drunk out of our Bandshell! Put a boot in his a**!” Satisfied with my good deed, I proceeded on my way to 1001 Arapahoe.

4) Peak 2 Peak Forest Watch now has over 700 members, dedicated to stopping the BUMS from ruining our forests! Compare that to a paltry 181 members for Boulder Rights Watch, the apologists / enablers who support the worst-behaved transients in Boulder County. ROTFL!

5) I enjoy the rains overnight; as I’ve mentioned before, the patter of raindrops on my tarp lulls me to sleep . . .

Rabbits have taken over my campsite


By Max R. Weller

I’ve meant to write this post for at least a week — but the Sexually Violent Predator scandal (involving Boulder Shelter for the Homeless taking money from Colorado DOC to house this dangerous felon) kept getting in the way.

Br’er Rabbit and his cottontail family are a welcome break:

Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus); Boulder, CO is at the extreme western edge of this species’ range.

Every evening, I’m treated to about half-a-dozen of these critters going about rabbit business and sometimes coming close enough to me that I might reach out and touch them. No doubt, there are many more close by that I haven’t seen and counted. I’ve learned that rabbit fights are a joke — the combatants square off, lay their ears back, then both leap into the air and make girly slapping motions at each other while huffing like a two-pack-a-day smoker. I can’t imagine any injury ever being inflicted . . . Rabbit sex lasts no more than 3 seconds, so if you happen to be yawning at the moment of joining you’ll miss it . . . I figure there must be at least four generations of rabbits, judging by their relative sizes from tiny to fully grown, around my campsite . . . They won’t touch bread or cereal that I put out for the mice (and which those filthy varmints the prairie dogs will steal), but they consume a LOT of green grass in the course of the hours I observe them . . . The rabbits’ grooming habits are much like those of the housecat, being fastidious. Like birds, the rabbits will take “dust baths” to get rid of fleas, and the blissful expression on their faces as they roll in the loose dirt is something that birds can’t show . . . They have a complex network of trails in the general area around me, and I’d guesstimate it covers about an acre . . . The rabbits’ burrows may have been borrowed from the prairie dogs; I’m not clear on this point, but both species will use the same underground shelters (but not at the same time). The prairie dog is a much more efficient excavator, so I tend to think they made the burrows . . . Last time it rained overnight, one of the rabbits (which has decided I’m harmless) crawled underneath my tarp and dozed off.

I haven’t noticed hungry foxes, coyotes, or hawks dining on the rabbits of my acquaintance yet. If this happens, I’ll let Nature take its course — being firmly grounded in reality rather than Disney-inspired silliness about animals. For now, I’m happy with the way things are.

‘Makeshift emergency homeless shelter possible at East Boulder Community Center’

Read the story from the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Edward Mahan, who is homeless, takes a nap on a bench near the Boulder bandshell on Wednesday.

Edward Mahan, who is homeless, takes a nap on a bench near the Boulder bandshell on Wednesday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Among the service changes to which the local homeless must adjust this week is the closure of the emergency, bad-weather warming center and overnight shelter that had been operated by the organization Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, prior to its suspension of programming on Monday.

The provider, better known as BOHO, opened its doors every night of the year between Nov. 15 and March 15, but hosted the homeless on “offseason” nights when the weather was cold or wet enough to trigger concern about the basic safety of those who’d have otherwise been sleeping outdoors.

That service will now be provided by the city, Human Services Director Karen Rahn said Wednesday.

“We kind of have a gap between May 1 and October” — when the north Boulder homeless shelter opens to walk-ups — “where if there are some days where bad weather happens, we would want to have a plan in place to be able to have sheltering for extreme weather,” Rahn said in an interview that followed brief comments to the City Council on Tuesday night.

The announcement that city staff and funds will help fill the BOHO gap was welcome news to the homeless and their advocates, but many details of Boulder’s plan remain unclear.

For one, the criteria under which the city would open the emergency shelter is undefined. Rahn said Boulder plans to make judgment calls in deciding whether or not to open.

Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday nights hovered around 40 degrees, and some light rain fell on the city. But neither was enough to trigger action by the city.

BOHO had explicit triggers: They’d check national weather forecasts every day at 5:30 a.m., then open up if and when the temperatures slipped below 38 degrees and there was at least a 30 percent chance of precipitation. They’d also open anytime the temperature was below freezing.

The location of Boulder’s BOHO substitute is also not certain. Rahn told the council on Tuesday that “we would be doing that at the East Boulder Community Center,” but said on Wednesday that that facility, at 5660 Sioux Drive, would in fact “be one location that we could use, but there’s other options we’re exploring.

“I can’t say what those options would be, because we don’t know for sure that we’d have commitments from other locations to provide emergency overnight sheltering,” she added.

Were the city to make use of the community center, the homeless there would sleep in the “ballroom” of the facility, Rahn said. The center is on the outskirts of the city and not particularly close to many services or main roads, but homeless clients would be asked to take public transportation to the site.

“Transit is, at best, poor to the rec center,” Councilwoman Mary Young said Tuesday, commenting on the city’s plan.

Officials interviewed Wednesday also did not specify how much Boulder would be prepared to devote — both in terms of staff time and costs — to a city-run offseason emergency shelter. However, they said such numbers would be available soon.

Decisions about how and where the city manages this makeshift program will have wide-reaching effects; roughly 80 people would sleep in BOHO emergency beds on average nights, said Bill Sweeney, the organization’s director.

“I’m concerned for people who may very well suffer from exposure to the elements when that may not have been a necessary suffering,” Sweeney said by phone Wednesday.

Several council members were more concerned with the fact that this project is now in the hands of the city, and not the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on north Broadway.

That building has a total of 160 beds, and at least 40 of them are slated to be open every day from now through October.

“I think the community kind of expects that it’s an emergency shelter and that people would, in adverse conditions even outside of the May 1 deadline, be able to seek shelter there,” Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said. “I hope … that they would have some compassion.”

Asked why his shelter won’t be a part of filling the gap left by BOHO’s closure, Director Greg Harms offered one dominant reason: The shelter’s 2002 management plan states that no walk-up services will be provided during the offseason.

“There are a couple of exceptions for us to stay open during the day when the weather’s really, really bad, but our agreement with the neighbors pretty clearly states when we can do emergency kinds of (overnight) services, and that ends on April 30.”

Council members Andrew Shoemaker and Bob Yates, both attorneys, criticized that 2002 plan as being “poorly written” and “vague,” and each suggested that the city might do well to attempt to renegotiate, or somehow rework, the detail that seems to preclude offseason nighttime sheltering even in cases of life-threatening weather.

Yates said he thinks that the city has “a pretty good position,” legally speaking, from which to challenge that policy.

The council will meet May 16 to discuss broad changes to the city’s approach to solving homelessness.

Many in the community, including some council members, have questioned the decision not to kick off that conversation prior to Monday, when day sheltering, emergency warming centers and other programs were cut off.

“I have to express concern about the timing here,” Councilman Aaron Brockett said. “We’re dealing with this as a council in a couple of weeks and we haven’t had a chance to hear about the new proposals in detail.

“It seems like there’s a lot changing before the council and the community have had a chance to weigh in on whether we’re moving in the right direction.”

Rahn said she feels the city is being “proactive about making sure we still have the basic safety net of services available,” but she conceded Wednesday that “the timing was awkward — no doubt about it.” 


NO, NO, NO! Why in hell is there any need for an off-season (outside of the October 1st to April 30th “season” as defined by policy at current shelter / services providers) emergency homeless shelter, anyway? I’ve lived here continuously since early 2008, and the one and only life-threatening weather event in my experience was the Great Colorado Flood of September, 2013 — which has been labeled as a 1,000-year rain and 100-year flood. BTW, I did retreat from my north Boulder neighborhood to my friends home in Longmont for the duration; to my certain knowledge, not a single homeless person drowned, although dozens of them ripped off the Red Cross and FEMA for both replacement camping gear (whether they actually lost anything or not) and financial compensation of as much as $2,000 (pretty ritzy homeless campsites to be worth that much):

Another thing that peeves me about this article is the quote from Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow director Bill Sweeney. It’s a failed organization, and Mr. Sweeney is one of those responsible for the train wreck that is (or should I say was?) BOHO. STFU, Bill . . .

Greg Harms, naturally, makes another disingenuous statement — but you can bet the rent that nobody at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless gave a clear indication to neighbors that registered rapists and pedophiles would be in residence at that 4869 N. Broadway facility when it was proposed.

As to Edward Mahan, pictured at top, what he really needs are a swift kick in the rear end and a ticket on the RTD bus to Denver . . .

I’ll NOT be staying at any city-operated emergency shelter, either. And if I can get along without one — with help from Real World friends — why can’t these BUMS manage to do likewise?

Stop enabling the Transient Pansies! It’s the biggest reason they continue to hang around in Boulder, CO.


A good start to ending the Transient Migration to Boulder, CO


By Max R. Weller

Read the report in the Daily Camera here: Homeless worry as day shelter closes and Boulder plans systemic shift. Copied below in its entirety:

Steve and Kyla wait with other homeless people for Deacon’s Closet to open on Thursday. Homeless people wait outside Deacon’s Closet to pick up

Steve and Kyla wait with other homeless people for Deacon’s Closet to open on Thursday. Homeless people wait outside Deacon’s Closet to pick up clothing. This clothing bank is part of the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

On Friday at the First Presbyterian Church annex on Walnut Street, a group of homeless people lounged as an April snow whirled outside, on what was the third-to-last time daytime sheltering would be offered in Boulder.

Beginning Monday, this service, provided in rotating church locations by the organizations Bridge House and Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow — better known around town as BOHO — will end.

BOHO’s Residents’ Shelter, a year-round nighttime space that accommodates up to 40 people, will also cease operation. Seventeen BOHO staff members, all of whom are formerly homeless, will be out of work.

Also closing Monday is the Bridge House resource center at the Walnut annex, which has long been the primary place for Boulder’s homeless to seek out direct access or leads to things like medical care, bus passes, housing vouchers and applications, and birth certificate and social security card reclamation.

This is all a part of a planned systemic change to the way local government and “safety net” non-profits will approach homelessness.

A new vision, centered less on emergency services and more on transitional and permanent housing solutions, promises to bring a series of new programs at new locations with new priorities.

Some services, like those provided by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on north Broadway through Bridge House’s Ready to Work program, will either remain intact or be expanded.

But as the snow fell Friday and the homeless keeping warm indoors pondered the prospect of no longer having a day shelter at which to get a free lunch or even simply a safe place to stay for a few hours, the focus was on the immediate impact, and morale was low.

“These people are concerned. They’re not real happy,” said Ron Hempstead, a 53-year-old homeless Boulder native.

“It’s the simple things that just make day-to-day existence a little easier when you’re homeless. So it does feel like they’re pretty much throwing us to the wolves.”

Jordan Samuelson, who a few years ago suffered injuries from a car crash that cost him his job and ultimately his housing, said the end of day sheltering in Boulder will “leave a lot of people in a lot of dire.”

Just two days earlier, the city had announced plans to up enforcement of its urban camping ban by increasing police patrols and encampment sweeps in some of the areas with the highest concentrations of homeless people.

“A lot of us are worried, especially when you see a day like today,” Samuelson said, pointing out toward the snowy street. “This town is becoming so homeless-unfriendly.”

Cutbacks precede planning

On May 16, the City Council will discuss the long-awaited recommendations produced through months of meetings by a working group on homelessness, convened by the council in the fall and tasked with evaluating budgetary and programmatic changes Boulder should make as it joins communities around country in shifting toward a “housing first” approach.

“We can’t abandon the needs for temporary, short-term solutions,” said Isabel McDevitt, executive director of Bridge House. “But we need a continuum that is more focused toward the exits than the entries, and right now, because of our lack of a coordinated system and a lack of a cohesive strategy, we’ve been way too focused on the emergency system.”

One of the central goals expressed by the council and sure to be featured in the yet-to-be-publicized working group recommendations concerns a new kind of intake program.

As officials across Colorado grow increasingly concerned with what’s commonly described as an influx of younger homeless people more prone to being transient-by-choice, Boulder plans to begin implementing something like a library card system, wherein clients can be tracked by name and services accessed.

This, theoretically, will allow providers to both better understand and assist people on individual bases, and to identify which homeless people are local and should be prioritized for city services, and which are simply passing through.

“People who need help would go to a location, and everybody who’s trying to access services would go through there,” explained Karen Rahn, the city’s director of Human Services. “It could be that this happens at a couple locations, to make it convenient. But wherever it happens, people will be assessed or screened using common, standard tools and process. Everyone trying to access services will be known to us, and we’ll be able to track them through the system, so that people are less likely to fall through the cracks.”

Rahn said she’s aware many homeless fundamentally distrust police and anyone else trying to “track them,” and promised that the new focus is “not interested in names … but in knowing how people are going to get help.”

It’s not clear exactly where this revamped intake will happen moving forward. The changes starting Monday come 15 days before the council even gets a crack at the working group’s recommendations and begins discussions of future budgeting and facilities based on those recommendations.

“The timelines don’t match up”, said McDevitt, “so we basically have to problem-solve for the summer and then really put emphasis as a community to implementing what’s in the workplan.”

Today’s outlook

The plan, at least for the very near term, is as follows:

Case management services, previously offered at the annex resource center, will now be provided at sites of various organizations, like the library and Clinica Family Health.

The nightly dinner put on by Bridge House’s Community Table Kitchen will continue, and the lunch schedule dissolved by the closure of day sheltering will be replaced by a sack-lunch program.

The north Boulder shelter will expand its “clean and sober” transitional program to 120 beds, up from 90 last summer and 60 three years ago. In the mornings, breakfast, showers and laundry will all be available there, too, as they have been.

Meanwhile, as a city news release stated, “implementation planning for fall services will take place over the summer with a goal of launching most service changes by Oct. 1.”

Without knowing the long-term plan, and staring down a series of service losses starting this week, many of those who access these services or advocate for the homeless are displeased.

“The so-called plan is so much fairy dust, sprinkled across the entirety of Boulder,” Darren O’Connor of Boulder Rights Watch wrote in an email to the council, “with the (working group) and the city moving forward wishing homelessness and homeless people, and their very real and dire needs, will all go away.”

At least one member of the working group, who requested anonymity, said O’Connor’s assessment wasn’t far off.

“I was there for all those meetings,” they said. “We didn’t get (expletive) done.”

That member continued, “At the end of the day, we could’ve all gone and had a coffee and said, ‘OK, let’s get rid of this and that and try to use the shelter more. We don’t know what it’s gonna look like, but we’ll try to figure it out later.’ A one-hour meeting could’ve accomplished what ten of those did.” 


What a bunch of crybabies! So now the transient pansies have been deflowered and will have to do more to help themselves — sounds good to the Homeless Philosopher:

1) No more drunken flophouses at either Boulder Shelter for the Homeless or Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow;

2) No more “day shelter” in the pleasant summer months (nobody will melt when it rains, I promise);

3) No more Free Lunches for the bums;

4) No more “resource center” directing the bums where to go for Free Stuff;

5) An increased focus on shelter / services for Boulder County residents in need, rather than Alabama arsonists or Florida sex offenders or other assorted riffraff from around the nation.

I’d sum it up with this meme:

Of course, the local homeless shelter / services industry wants to focus more on so-called transitional living programs — that’s where the BIG MONEY from both private donors and government agencies comes into play, and we’re talking about millions and millions of $$$ each and every year in Boulder, CO alone! There has never been much moola in emergency shelters and soup kitchens intended to meet short-term needs of the homeless.

It’s another post, and I won’t go into it here, but the only program clients who ever “succeed” in any transitional living arrangement are those in the 10% who would have done so on their own, anyway . . .

This is only a beginning to ending the Transient Migration, folks; now, we must see Boulder police turned loose to move the bums on down the road. How about it, City Council members?

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)