Category Archives: Homelessness

Submitted letter-to-editor of Daily Camera 4/26/2017

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP THE TRANSIENT MIGRATION TO BOULDER, CO!

By Max R. Weller

Assuming I didn’t inadvertently run over the 300-word limit for a letter-to-editor, this should appear on the DC’s website and in print this weekend:

Random stuff 4/25/2017

(Apologies to Stephen Foster)

The Shelter bums all sing this song

Doo-dah, doo-dah

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day

Watch ’em board the bus

They’ll smoke and drink and cuss

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day!

By Max R. Weller

1) Only 6 nights remaining for the worst-behaved transients in the emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — and with any luck law enforcement officers will make sure starting May 1st that they aren’t camping out in people’s yards without permission, in public parks where camping is banned, or anywhere else that is detrimental to good order and public health.

2) The further adventures of registered sex offender Leo Scott, as he posted on the Facebook page of Boulder Rights Watch:

I decided to come to california to check it out what he told me about in my earlier post and it is true.
I DECIDED TO GO TO SAN MATEO. I got here filed for benefits and this is what they gave me.
80 cash
179 food stamps
275 in Safeway Checks for any personal stuff or a total of 534. Much more then colorado. And they are looking at getting me a place and pay my rent. WE IS BOULDER SO RICH AND SNOBBY.

MY CASEWORKER ASKED ME WHAT THEY GIVE THERE AND I TOLD HIM AND HE SAID

SOUNDS LIKE Boulder people are HEARTLESS and I agree as California believes all people are equal including the homeless. I will add more post from there sites later.

As far as I know, Leo is an able-bodied perv who apparently doesn’t want to apply at any temporary employment agency . . . I hope he doesn’t forget to register as a sex offender out there in California:

Leo Gerald Scott

3) There should be more definitive info about Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow crashing and burning very soon. If you’re a homeless BOHO client and want to blame someone for the churches becoming fed up with the drinking, drugging, fornicating, and vandalism that has occurred for years on their property, LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Once again, you pickled idjits have shot yourselves in the foot — with an assist from the apologists / enablers here in Boulder.

4) I had a couple of slices of still-warm pizza from King Soopers, along with my usual Brown Cow brand strawberry yogurt and a pint of orange juice, as I sat here at the computer in our lovely Main Library at 1001 Arapahoe. Surrounded by Froot Loops, of course.

5) After suffering the theft of $350 from my locker at BSH (no doubt in my mind the perp was a staff member), I’ve managed to again save $275 to this point, in addition to spending about $15 per day on necessities. The money will be kept by a friend in Longmont, CO. Thanks to all who have donated to the Homeless Philosopher:

Another silly Boulderite in love with the varmints . . .

ONLY 7 MORE NIGHTS FOR TRANSIENTS AT BOULDER SHELTER!

By Max R. Weller

Read the commentary by Paula Stephani in the Daily Camera here: A failure to enforce ordinance protecting prairie dogs. Excerpt copied below:

What is the purpose of having an ordinance to protect this diminishing keystone species if there is no ability to enforce it effectively, and no will to hold the offender accountable?

Well, Paula, prairie dogs are NOT diminishing in Boulder County, CO — which you’d see for yourself if you would only open your eyes. I suggest you take a drive along the Diagonal Highway between Boulder and neighboring Longmont; or, you might check out the area surrounding the old Armory site in north Boulder, for the radius of a few blocks. The plague-carrying varmints are spreading almost as fast as a BUM CAMPFIRE in the local forests.

No predator species today is dependent on prairie dogs, if any ever were, and it’s loss of suitable habitat which threatens foxes, coyotes, hawks, etc. The prairie dog won’t mind burrowing in your front yard, if you permit it. How are we to control its numbers, if not by our own devices?

I can attest to the fact that prairie dogs — which were never around my campsite in north Boulder until a couple of years ago — are now just as numerous as the rabbits (a species I admire and enjoy watching).

BTW, it surpasses my meager understanding why the DC will publish nonsense like Paula’s letter in support of flea-bitten cousins to the inner city sewer rats (which cause us all to recoil in horror), but refuses to print my commentary about the theft of $350 from my locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.

What are the differences, besides the longer tail and bigger ears of the rat?

Random stuff 4/20/2017

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

1) Another wildfire last evening, which was very quickly contained. I watched it from my campsite: Fire burning west of Boulder holding at 2 acres. I smelled smoke about the same time I heard the sirens of many responding firefighting crews. Not a chance it was lightning, and no word that a downed power line due to high winds was the cause, so it looks like another BUM CAMPFIRE out of control:

Spot fires are visible from a wildfire fire west of Boulder just above Lee Hill Road on Wednesday.

Spot fires are visible from a wildfire fire west of Boulder just above Lee Hill Road on Wednesday. (Paul Aiken/Staff Photographer)

2) Speaking of the BUMS, all they could talk about in Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning was going to Denver for the big 4/20 celebration there — or as Mitt Romney might say, the big Marijuana Makes People Stupid party.

3) As I left the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 yesterday afternoon, a woman met me at my spot in front of the Mexican restaurant. She introduced herself as an artist, and wanted to take my photo as a guide for painting my portrait. When she asked me for some info about my homeless experience, I referred her to this blog; she was surprised to learn that the Homeless Philosopher actually embraces the ascetic lifestyle. But, I don’t think I want to see a painting of my current Sasquatch-style hair and beard . . .

4) I understand from a Facebook message that the churches who have been supporting Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow are NOT planning to continue doing so next winter; no surprise there. The same source also indicates that Bridge House may be closing; they’re rolling in $$$, so I find this hard to believe . . . If both things happen, I’ll shout HALLELUJAH!!

5) Counting tonight, only 11 more nights are left for the emergency overnight dorms at BSH to remain open. It’s a completely different world during the summer — quiet and relatively clean. I’m looking forward to it!

Update 4/21/2017: Ridge Fire in foothills west of Boulder under control. Excerpt copied below:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said investigators have determined the fire was human caused but it is still under investigation.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced early Thursday morning that deputies made contact with a woman and a juvenile boy in the immediate area of the fire.

The woman had to be evacuated from the area by Rocky Mountain Rescue Group because of the steep terrain. She was taken to an area hospital because she appeared to have been suffering from a medical condition.

“It sounds like they were near where the fire started, so of course we want to talk to them,” Haverfield said. “But the boy is a juvenile and the woman has a medical condition. So the folks we want to talk to we are not able to talk to them right now.”

She added that the woman and boy are not transients. A transient campfire was blamed for the Sunshine Canyon Fire, which prompted hundreds of homes to be evacuated. 

Just in time for the flood of transient campers, when Boulder Shelter closes emergency overnight dorms on May 1st

Read the report in the Daily Camera here: Mountain lion seen hanging out in north Boulder. Copied below in its entirety:

A mountain lion on the deck of a home in the Wonderland Lake area of north Boulder

A mountain lion on the deck of a home in the Wonderland Lake area of north Boulder (Frank Barrett / Courtesy photo)

A mountain lion has been spotted hanging around the Wonderland Lake area in north Boulder, but wildlife officials said the animal is close enough to open space that they have not needed to relocate the animal.

The mountain lion was most recently spotted on Monday, hanging out on the deck of a home, where the resident was able to get a photo of the lion lounging around.

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said the animal was not bothering the homeowner, so it was left to its own devices.

An officer who responded noted the mountain lion — which appeared to be a young adult — had been spotted several times by residents over the past month, according to police radio traffic.

Because the area is so close to Boulder open space, and the mountain lion’s visits to populated areas were likely brief, officials said the animal would not need to be relocated.

North Boulder is no stranger to mountain lion activity. In January, a resident on Orange Lane took a photo of three mountain lion cubs on his deck.

For tips on what to do if you encounter a mountain lion, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. 

A mountain lion lounges on a deck at a home in the Wonderland Lake area.

A mountain lion lounges on a deck at a home in the Wonderland Lake area. (Frank Barrett / Courtesy photo)

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I would counsel my wild friend to BITE THE BUMS IN THEIR BUTTS, and chase ’em back to Denver . . .

— MRW

Enablers to transients: Come to Boulder, die for dope . . .

Providing all of life’s necessities for FREE is NOT compassion; it only makes it easier for substance abusers to continue their self-destructive behavior.

By Max R. Weller

Read the story in the Daily Camera here: Body of transient woman found in Boulder on Saturday; foul play ruled out. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder police are investigating the death of a female transient whose body was found Saturday morning as drug related after they were able to rule out foul play during an autopsy Monday.

Officers were called about 8 a.m. Saturday to the area of 19th Street and Upland Avenue about a possible death, Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of a woman in an area where she and two other transients had been camping.

Cordingly said a preliminary investigation shows there is a “strong possibility” that the death was drug related.

Cordingly said there were signs of trauma on the body that caused investigators to initially not rule out foul play. But by Monday afternoon, Cordingly said the initial results of an autopsy provided enough information for investigators to rule out foul play.

Police did not say what the signs of trauma were.

Investigators have asked for toxicology tests.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office was notified of the case, though they will wait for the results of the autopsy and the police investigation before they determine if they need to get involved.

“My office is always on call to consult with police as they investigate any sort of death,” Garnett said.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the woman will be released once she has been identified and her next of kin have been notified.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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I won’t publish her name, but I knew her from Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this season. Like almost all of the out-of-state transients who come to Boulder, the availability of “legal” marijuana was the primary motivation in her case. Although she didn’t seem to me to be someone into hard drugs like heroin, this is where the homeless drug culture can lead you, and in that sense marijuana most certainly can be a so-called gateway drug.

This is also why I consider the concept of a “homeless community” absolutely harmful to homeless people themselves; isolation from the rest of society is NEVER a good thing for anybody, and the Homeless Philosopher has always made a point of seeking out friends and acquaintances in what I call the Real World.

Ultimately, of course, the individual who dies from a drug overdose (not yet confirmed in this case) is responsible for their self-destruction . . . However, when Boulder, CO has an entire homeless shelter / services industry which operates by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money, and provides life’s necessities — FOOD, CLOTHING, EMERGENCY SHELTER, MEDICAL CARE, CAMPING GEAR, ETC. AT NO COST — the homeless person is able to spend their own meager resources on worthless stuff like cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs. It’s an unintended consequence of inappropriate compassion which has contributed to the deaths of many transients, and those who support it belong in a Hall of Shame:

Addendum: Boulder, CO’s do-gooders enable misery and death of the homeless originally published in the summer of 2014.

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