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Shame on ANYONE who stoops to obscene gestures or name calling! Are you toddlers?? Civil discourse is the only way forward. Stop the hate!
Peaceful protesting, voicing your opinion is NOT disrespectful and should not be disregarded. The protesting by all who booed and chanted at CMR should be gratefully acknowledged as a right of passage in the USA and accepted... especially with your national congressional representative in attendance. To ask for an apology on this is blatantly un-American in my opinion. This is a right within constitution that is as clear and unequivocal as the right to have firearms or the free press?
Where was Cates when the 8th Man group flooded council chambers with disrespectful hostile references to "hookerville" and immigrants?.....Oh, she right there with them, wearing the t-shirt.
Biviano, appealing to emotion instead of decorum, respect, or common sense. The usual nonsense; and they wonder why their message is being rejected.
Sounds pretty bipartisan. No?
You are DEFINITELY a BIAS newspaper!! Couldn't agree more with my friend! All things jeering Trump are put in and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING supporting him! BIAS!!! Jeers Inlander! You now have 249,998 readers because my friend dumped you and now I am!! Jeers for doing the one thing newspapers should NEVER do! Be biased!! Want to delete this comment? Then you are REALLY REALLY REALLY biased!!!!!
I find it very telling that it's not mentioned at all that there is much more violence against patients at our State hospitals. There has only been one news article to bring this to the public's attention.
The issue with patient rights vs staff safety is a very complex problem with many factors involved. Underpaid, under trained, overworked and burnt out staff is a big part of the problem. Another enormous problem is that patients at our State hospitals are so dehumanized (mostly because of the problems that staff have that I just mentioned) and have so little hope that they tend to act like dehumanized people...with violence. Taking more of their rights away will just make things worse. For more about patient on patient violence: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article49954330.html
The usual liberal lawmaker response straight from the playbook "You don't want to hear from a Civil Rights hero? That must mean you all hate Civil Rights!"
Nothing like appealing to emotion for political points and slamming opponents. instead of actually, you know, getting work done.
Paul, great article. The only criticism I have is that your article inspires people but then does not share information about how to get involved locally.
Hopefully the collective "we" or "us" in this article is short hand for the market rather than some governmental agency or other command and control group. Agencies, etc. do a poor job of anticipating or controlling the economy. Solyndra, etc.
Cheech white washes all protesters as whiners and as not basing their protests on thoughtful ideas, which is a facile and uninformed tactic often used to dismiss and subdue views that are opposed to ones own. Rather than discussing the actual issues and reasons people may have for protesting, he takes the easy way out by lumping all protesters into the"whiny baby" category. I agree that protest matches on their own are not enough, but protest is a crucial part of the democratic process. Painting all protesters as attention seeking simpletons, or sore losers, is an attempt to delegitimize valid reasons for protest against what is happening now in Washington. When trump is intent upon alienating our allies, building walls between countries, undermining environmental protections, revoking regulations on banks in which he as direct monetary interest (regulations that were put in place after the crash for good reason), unconstitutionally targeting Muslims, it is a patriotic duty for people to protest. Don't let yourself be silenced by facile rhetoric like Cheech's. Get out and make noise, March, protest. These are some of the most important tools the people have to uphold democracy, then get involved in local groups that are fighting these issues in other ways, contact your representatives.
Not for long. My posts disappear pretty quickly these days. Regrettably Orwellian.
The opposite of addiction is connection...so we should not be excluding people from help for any reason. Those who struggle with addiction often have no hope to deal with the pains of life and no belief in their ability. If we give them connection to society and individuals they can learn to take care of themselves. Instrad of being told by this guy that they are bad and only want the drugs. By excluding people based on actions you are telling them they have no hope. Give pwople the actual opportunity to repair their lives. Give them real support. Shelters have some problems, too many rules, violence, discrimination. And the people who run them while sometimes actually compassionate and caring are loosing their own battle by overcontroling those they want to help. A religious institution that wants to help homeless should not restrict based on religious laws. This guy is basically saying in this interview watch out for the bad ones. Why do we need to reinforce the stigma of homelessness? One accident, one bad choice, we are all this close to loosing everything at some point. Everyone needs connection to get through this stuff. I will not stop helping people who ask or who look like they need it. That's how we'll stop homelessness. Not to mention we need apartments for people downtown, near their services, not controlled by a religious group. Like the Right To Dream Too Camp in downtown Portland (R2D2)
I am saddemed by the comment from the director of a homeless shelter. It is not fair to put all people who solicit for money in one group who all have bad motives and do not deserve the generosity of others. Spokane is a low income town and rents are steadily rising. Many people do not make enough to pay for rent and other essentials. I would rather help someone in need to prevent an eviction that would add to homelessness than turn my back on a fellow human being. I don't judge a person by appearances and someone serving the needs of the homeless shouldn't either. It is time to consider a career change.
How cool, to see you both in the same article. Like father, like daughter, indeed. Matter of fact, I like you both!
PHOTO: Homeless Ad Proposal, Too controversial?
1- Are You Feeding The Homeless? Or, Are you feeding the Addiction?
2 - Where Are The Families Of The Homeless?
3 - Did Jesus say, "Feed the Poor"? Or, did Jesus say, "Feed the Addiction"?
4 - Long term plan to "Break the Addiction", Use 'Flavored' Bread crumbs
(Four Flavors: Broccoli, Parchment, Cough Syrup and Hickory)
Most of the panhandlers I've met since I started doing late night homeless outreach in Jan 2013 are homeless or so poor they can't afford toilet paper or dish soap or tampons. I have no idea what facts Rob McCann is using to base the statement that panhandlers are not homeless. Did you know that businesses downtown (especially along 3rd) lock their bathrooms to the public and require a purchase? Did you know that panhandlers are sometimes trying to get enough money to buy a coffee so they have a toilet to use later that night? Did you know that the downtown library has installed signage that says grooming is not allowed in their bathrooms and have started limiting access? That at a recent board meeting the designers of the upcoming project just north of the library stated that they are making plans so the area won't attract the "wrong kind of people"? This is public space I'm talking about, not even a private business. The war on the homeless is going strong.
By the way, there is nothing illegal about panhandling. It is Constitutionally protected free speech.
How about the SPD fines the individuals donating to the panhandlers and the money from the fines gets donated to homeless shelters or Blessings Under The Bridge. You'll never stop the panhandler from being a crook. It does no good to arrest them and give them 3 hots and a cot, your just spending more tax payer funds on the crook. Get the word out to the public that if you get caught donating...... It will cost you!
Great article BTW.
For your information, Mary, Joan is a tireless advocate for the Homeless and spends time and money helping them. The woman is a saint!
Joan, he said the panhandlers were using the dogs not the homeless. He said the. Panhandlers were giving the homeless the false reputation...he's out there fighting homelessness. Not trying to perpetrate any kinds of stereotypes about the homeless. Do you know how many apartments catholic charities inconjunctions with some other charities are building to help the chronically homeless? I know out in the valley on sprague there is a complex going up for homeless families. What are you or I doing to help the homeless? Well I no longer give money to panhandlers...I have seen to many news stories over the years about them. I give money to a charity or mission to actually do some good. . Thank you Catholic Charities... you are fulfilling Jesus command to love thy neirghbor...I applaud your efforts. God bless you and all those you reach out and touch with your assistance.
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