Tag Archives: apologists / enablers in Boulder

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


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.)

Random stuff 4/12/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) Thanks to Bridge House board member Jay Young, who claimed in a Daily Camera guest opinion published last weekend to be working at Whole Foods Market on Baseline (it closed forever back in February), Ready to Work is again in the spotlight:

That’s Mr. Young on the right; I have no doubt that posing for this photo op was the hardest thing these guys did all day . . .

2) It’s Conference on World Affairs time at CU once again, albeit minus all the media hype of past years.

If you’re one of the penniless, scruffy-looking characters like me who rides the SKIP bus back and forth on Broadway, you’re privileged to rub elbows for this single week with Boulder’s moneyed upper crust. I’ve yet to listen in on any of their conversations that enlightened me to any degree worth mentioning, however.

3) Teen sexting? So-called slut shaming? What a great way for teens with way too much time on their hands to gain attention and shock their peers and authority figures alike . . . Previous generations of PARENTS and SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS would have known how to deal with this nonsense. Why do teenagers require a [dumbass]phone on a 24/7 basis without parental supervision, anyway? Ban these [dumbass]phones from school campuses; any legitimate need to make or receive a phone call during school hours can be taken care of with an old-fashioned landline in the office. Can’t send dirty pictures that way . . .

4) I’m moving away from my longtime spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, at least far enough away that I won’t be irritated by the drunkards who have taken it over (most of the time) in the past three or four years. A pox on them and the enablers who support their degraded lifestyle:

Why Tiny Homes won’t work in Boulder, CO


By Max R. Weller

OVE Site Plans 13 Aug 2013_Page_1

Opportunity Village Eugene (OR) site plans (click on image to enlarge)

Why NOT in Boulder?

The rules in any of the Tiny Homes Communities in cities elsewhere are VERY STRICT compared to what you find here in Boulder, CO’s emergency shelters or transitional living programs run by local nonprofits. This makes Tiny Homes unsuitable for the worst-behaved transients, but they would be great for a select few homeless men and women, maybe many dozens, if only you could keep the apologists / enablers like Isabel McDevitt, Greg Harms, Betsey Martens, and the Boulder Rights Watch crowd AWAY FROM ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. Everything these yahoos touch becomes FUBAR, and most Boulderites don’t trust them any more than I do.

See for yourself how it’s designed to work in an ideal setting with this link to Opportunity Village Eugene (OR). Quoting from the website below:

Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) opened in August 2013 as a “transitional micro-housing” pilot project. The vision was to create a collaboration between the housed and unhoused that provides stable and safe places to be through cost-effective, human-scale approaches for transitioning the unhoused to more sustainable living situations. 

It accommodates around 30 otherwise homeless individuals and couples at a time in simple, micro-housing (60-80sf) that provides residents with security, stability, and privacy. By consolidating utilities to common cooking, gathering, restroom, and laundry facilities we were able to keep costs very low, providing an intermediate solution between the street and traditional housing. 

OVE is a self-governed, peer-supported community with oversight provided by SquareOne Villages. 

A Community Agreement lays out the basic rules of the village, while an ever evolving Village Manual outlines the policies and procedures for operating and maintaining the village.

 5 Basic Rules:

  • No violence 

  • No theft

  • No alcohol or illegal drugs on-site

  • No persistent, disruptive behavior

  • Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the Village. 

What you get:

  • A small, safe and private space to call your own

  • Access to common kitchen, bath, laundry, gathering, and workshop facilities

  • Computer and wi-fi access

  • Quarterly bus pass 

What you give:

  • $30/month utility fee

  • 8 hours/week of front desk duty

  • 2 hours/week towards community improvement

  • Clean community bathroom once a month

  • Attendance at the weekly village meeting