What this community really needs
As 2012 starts, allow me to offer a challenge to our community. That is for us to move past our failures to success. The failure I am speaking of is our community’s lack of year-round, well-managed 24/7 shelter. For at the moment, we fail in two ways — rather dramatically.
The first is where we are failing to respond properly to what is a clear, present and urgent need for well-managed, year-round 24/7 shelter. I am aware that such shelter will not be a magic wand that will resolve all issues related to poverty or homelessness.
And the second way where we are failing is to reflect the true heart of this community, where I have lived since 1991. I long ago lost count of the number of people and businesses who are more than willing to actively participate and contribute to addressing identified needs in our community. Be it NAMI or Turning Point or Project Understanding or the local community councils, and so many others. I have witnessed again and again businesses and residents who, most often without fanfare or recognition, express the “where am I needed?” and “where can I contribute?” outpouring that is so much a part of this community of San Buenaventura.
When we focus on well-managed shelter, cannot 2012 be the year when we move beyond all the, at times well-intentioned, explanations of “why we cannot” to “here is how we will!”?
It truly breaks my heart, when, in our community of San Buenaventura, with both the recognition of what we need to do and so many who are more than willing to step up to fulfill their roles, we still fail, with all the politically correct code words, to move forward.
I don’t comment on our failure for the purpose of shaming us but rather to encourage us to get off our duffs and do the right thing. If we continue to accept failure, then shame will be merited.
I truly hope 2012 will be the year we respond to this recognized need.
I read the letters every week. I get it that the party faithful like Becham, Schulman, Jensen and Rodewald have all been through liberal indoctrination and worship at the altar of the Mulatto Messiah. I just don’t get what it is that they like about him. Is it the stifling unemployment, the disastrous foreclosures, the record number of families on food stamps or the downgrade of America’s credit rating on his watch? Do they admire him for the failed stimulus package, the government takeover of corporations, the giveaways to unions or the broken promise to close Guantanamo? Do they like his failed foreign policy that includes Iran getting nuclear weapons, alienating Israel, bombing Libya and Muslim extremists taking over Egypt? Maybe it is the constant stream of scandals like Solyndra, Operation Fast and Furious or refusing to prosecute Black Panther members who blocked white voters from a polling place that they find so compelling. Do they enjoy his open disdain for the military, his constant raising of the debt limit or his lawsuit against Arizona for enforcing their border? Do they like Obamacare or the countless waivers from having to participate in it handed out to his favored corporations and unions?
I am a conservative independent but if someone I voted for was destroying the country, I am open-minded enough to admit my mistake and put my country before party loyalty. Somebody please tell me the specific accomplishments and policies that they like about the Obama administration so I can admire him, too. All I see is another failed Jimmy Carter.