Not just homeless
Re: Changing our thinking on homelessness, by Jan Christian, minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ventura. (VC Reporter, Jan. 8) The good minister’s observations about the lack of services available to “the homeless” (etc.) and how the city of Ventura is preventing local nonprofits from filling the void by canceling their programs when residents complain are all spot-on, but there is something missing in the entire “homeless” argument that never seems to be addressed, and that is individual situations and responsibility.
“A few bad apples spoil it for all of the rest” is a very real situation and speaks directly to the dilemma at hand. And just labeling all of these various individuals “homeless” is to ignore the bigger picture.
“The homeless” are not a species of animal and should not be referred to as such. They do not all behave the same (as with other species) and thus there is no one solution that will work for the entire group. “The homeless” are a dirty, smelly, often nasty amalgamation of drug addicts, drug dealers, runaways, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, felons-on-the run, felons-in-hiding, chronic alcoholics, veterans with PTSD and the mentally ill (many as a result of their drug and alcohol addictions) and your average lazy people who don’t want to even try to earn a living. Only a small percentage of these people even want our help. Many (perhaps most) are too busy burglarizing homes and cars and stealing purses to support their drug habits to want to even be counted amount “the homeless.” These are not just homeless people — these are CRIMINALS who are homeless by CHOICE, who live in a criminal underworld of drug addiction, alcohol addiction and prostitution. The only help they want is a fast buck from panhandling, drug dealing or prostituting themselves.
I’m sure there are a few individuals without criminal records who may find themselves among this criminal element for a short period of time, but those individuals find their way to The Salvation Army shelter or some county agency that can help them find a temporary place to live and to do a legitimate, serious job search (so long as they stay clean and sober and have no warrants for their arrest). Others, of course, just get themselves pregnant and go on welfare, but even that route requires them to be clean and sober and increasingly responsible for the care of both themselves and their newborns.
When I see all these stories about “the homeless” as if they are some lost flock of little lambs that just need to be led into the barn, I just want to heave, but not until after I stop laughing at the absurdity of it all.
These are mostly dangerous, criminal INDIVIDUALS who need to be AVOIDED. If you’d like to bring them a meal now and then, fine; but do NOT give them CASH or RIDES anywhere. And do NOT LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. If you don’t think that they talk about the suckers who help them out, think again. If you’re an “angel” type, trust me — for every one of them you help, there are three or four who know who you are and are just waiting for the right time and place to hit you up. (Upside the head, that is.)
The best thing we can do to support “the homeless” (at least in Ventura) is to support our local POLICE!
RE: Lawsuit filed over access to Matilija Falls, News, 1/15
Nice photo [of Matilija Falls], but you may not want to publish directions so nice people like Jeff Kuyper who care SO much more about the land than the people who continuously responsibly steward it, even in the wake of a more litigious and less respectful population of trespassers. Buz has been unfailingly polite and respectful of all who we encountered on the trail in the 10-plus hikes I accompanied him on, merely letting them know they had entered private property once they passed the “All Trails” sign pointing towards Murietta.