Pin It
Favorite

Letters to the Editor 

by Inlander Readers


Spare a Dime... or a Park -- Mayor Jim West has been a bad slum landlord. Most of you are aware of the media coverage on the homeless protest that was booted off the island due to the fact that trees needing water come before humans needing a home. The Spokesman Review stated that, "West bolstered his own decision to wear a tie." Quote from West: "I've got to distinguish myself from the homeless." Then he said he planned on dealing with the campers by sending them to Commissioner John Roskelley's home. What kind of heartless man is making decisions for the people?


Mayor West does not know what poverty is. I think not a day has gone by that his mouth did not have food, that his stomach did not ache from hunger and his shoes did not have a scratch on them, let alone a hole to let the earth's waters soak in. We need to take a stand. Mayor West stated that the campers do not have a right to pitch their homes on city land. Well, as a taxpayer I say, "Yes they can." I give my OK for them to lay their heads on part of any city land that my tax dollars have watered and mowed.


My point to all of this is that I would like to see some support for those who no one wants to listen to. Many homeless are people who had some misfortune and possibly mental illness. Why can other cities embrace homelessness and set aside city land for tents, but Spokane shuts the door on the issue? The people may have shelters to go to, but Spokane has so many homeless that not all can be accommodated. Families are separated by "male/female only" rules. Some shelters do not have funding to be open at nights for sleepovers during the summer months. Why can't the city grounds be open for free camping in the summer months? Tax dollars go to city cops to search and find homeless campers along the river and move them on. Why can't this money go to the police to patrol a community camp? We are the city of parks, and we have more than we can use. One can be spared to the homeless for a community camp in the summer.


Let's come together and let it be known to all of Spokane that we give our support for the homeless to camp on our city land. It only takes one in your family to lose their job, and then you may be looking for a place for you and your family to sleep or camp on the land that you spend paying for with the taxes you worked for.





Amy Orellana


Spokane, Wash.





Publication date: 07/22/04

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Won't You Be Our Neighbor?
  • Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

    The people, places and moments that defined and shaped the Inland Northwest's distinct neighborhoods
    • Jul 28, 2016
  • NORTH HILL
  • NORTH HILL

    An influx of creativity and businesses has this Northside neighborhood looking good
    • Jul 28, 2016
  • LATAH / HANGMAN VALLEY
  • LATAH / HANGMAN VALLEY

    Two names and a community bridging new and old
    • Jul 28, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Spokane Social Sketch

Spokane Social Sketch @ Boots Bakery & Lounge

Last Sunday of every month, 2-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Inlander Readers

Most Commented On

  • Lane Ends Ahead

    Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • Too Smart for School

    What happens when a 12-year-old prodigy tries to go to college in Spokane?
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Green Thumbs
  • Green Thumbs

    Inside Buddy Boy Farm
    • Jan 28, 2015
  • The Price of Progress
  • The Price of Progress

    Why the Spokane Tribe says it's still owed for Grand Coulee Dam
    • Apr 1, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation