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Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

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Posted by Pete Dixon on 12/01/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

And to be attacked in the "comments" is absolute confirmation of the bigotry that abounds here in this city. The fact is that "political correctness" is actually thought control and it is working. "Celebrate diversity" as a motto a while back was actually a call to action, to stage small criminal acts and point fingers at the predicted "perpetrators". You reap what you sow. When all else fails make it up. The more you protest the more you promote.
If you are a homosexual teenager stuck in the wrong body and are suffering from paranoid thoughts of outside aggressors stalking you and you disagree with the history of the world as it is written then hey, it sucks to be you. No bumper sticker can cure you. Maybe a parade might make you happy for a day or two but that's it.
I apologize for nothing but I am sorry to have to be exposed to such childish behaviors and insults based only on my skin color and gender. People who do not talk to me do not know me. Don't go around identifying your imaginary enemies and do not let others aid you in that folly, it's a bottomless pit of despair. Misery loves company.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Sounds like Matthew Parkhouse, RN hsn't done much other than complain. Recently I noticed the Westside Pioneer Editor has used issue after issue to label the homeless as enabled bums. The unsympathetic in this town would rather step over dead bodies than give someone socks and a sleeping bag. I thought Matthew might be trying to think a point through until reading his 'additional piece' as onemorevoter which I am sure is not meant to point out that the there are non profits in this town not paying themselves salaries to help the homeless. I'd suggest trying to direct people to a blog would have been more worthy Mr. Parkhouse. Tell people how your 'Arizona plan' would benefit the town.

It is the season to give and I hope while choosing charities purposefully that people will be more emphatic towards the circumstances of others. It would be great if the proper helping hand could manage an apt row (like on Fillmore with easy access to the bus) where people could be helped back on their feet. Most people are a pay check away from being thrown out and won't find a place easily. Bless the friends I have who have taken other family friends in when tossed from their rentals so the landlord could raise the rent.

Maybe our town is 'homeless friendly' but maybe some of the people have jobs. STOP handing out money. The pan handlers are plentiful for one reason. Different people with the same dog on a corner means that is a racket. Government shouldn't have to fix this problem. Another group of people could help shelters with offering support for people who need bus ticket Vs. some day work. People who are critical should go get to know people without having such an attitude. This holiday season stop looking down your nose at people. Say good morning to the person walking through the neighborhood with the shopping cart. I do hand out packs of dog kibble and garbage bags.

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Posted by TruB on 11/30/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

A theme "trimmed out of my letter" involves the fact that "helping the homeless" has become a thriving industry in our community. When you are a volunteer who supports him/herself by painting houses or doing nursing night shifts to be part of the community effort, your viewpoint is different than when homeless dollars feed the family, pay the mortgage and send the kid to college. You tend to be fonder of the status quo. Unfortunately, the process parallels that of our defence industry. "It really doesn't matter that the airplane barely stays in the air, as long as the factory building the landing gear remains open in our town"..... Our "status quo" of not knowing all of our recipients of support results in enabling of homelessness, the trashing of neighbourhoods around some of the agencies and that "brick wall" separating potentially involved citizens from those who run the show. Wasn't always this way. I personally was responsible for finding and promoting the concept that resulted in the creation of Homeward Pikes Peak. I helped found the clinic at the Soup Kitchen. Could I do this sort of thing now, as the effort becomes more and more "professional"? I doubt it very much. I keep harking back to Eric Hoffer's quote regarding movements: "All ideas start out as causes. They then evolve into businesses. Some go on to become rackets." Where is your favourite non-profit on this continuum?

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 11/30/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

perhaps you should apologize for just not getting it... you are clueless in your cluelessness!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 11/29/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Reader: Move toward compassion

You miss the point. There are are people vilifying and demanding apologies from people for being White. There are people vilifying people for being straight. There are people vilifying people for being Christian. Etc. Even though the vast majority of these groups have done absolutely nothing to be vilified for. If you are gay, you can have a parade to celebrate it, but if you are straight, you cannot -- at least not without being labeled a homophobe and a gay hater. There are Hispanic, Black, Asian etc heritage months, but you can't celebrate White heritage without being labelled a NAZI, KKK member, and white supremacist . There is a very clear set of dual standards and entire swaths of the country are being marginalized, shamed, and discriminated against for being the majority.

No one is saying that minority groups have not been discriminated against, vilified, persecuted, and so on or trying to downplay that they have. What is being said is that in an effort to address that discrimination and persecution, people have adopted a policy of discrimination, vilification, etc.. And THAT is every bit as wrong headed as the original discrimination, vilification, and persecution.

People should be able to proud to be Black, or White, or Hispanic, ....

People should be able to proud to be an Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, ....

People should be able to be proud to be Gay, or Straight, ....

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Posted by Odin on 11/29/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

Hilarious but sad

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/28/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

To whom are you apologizing?

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 11/27/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

I get the sarcasm.

I dont..... apologize.

Dave

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Posted by William David Beadles on 11/27/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

Did anyone ask you to? I think you will find that at most three of those are things that anyone considers a personal failing.

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Posted by jy3 on 11/27/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

You forgot a few.... Rude, hateful, spiteful, egomaniacal, narcissistic, arrogant, immature, self-absorbed, cowardly--shall I go on??

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Posted by Paula George on 11/27/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

The assumption of innocence applies only to a criminal matter. It could not possibly be the basis for an educated vote.

I apologize for pointing out how ignorant that non-thought is.

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Posted by Larry Burke on 11/27/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

reminds me of a teenage girl......."well I'm sooorry!" you grew up huh? are you sure you didn't just get bigger?

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 11/27/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's not make Hwy. 115 worse

Well said. In addition to getting pelted by stones causing several chipped/cracked windshields I also had to dodge a huge black steer about to step onto the highway one evening...where did THAT come from???

We need less trucks on 115, not more! The destruction of the pavement has accelerated recently with ruts and potholes. Road repair delays will also increase the dangers and stress of our 115 commute.

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Posted by Daybr88k 1 on 11/25/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Reader: Just legalize it

Please move to Portugal.

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Posted by Random Citizen on 11/22/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Reader: Aren't nuclear weapons arms?

The right is not dependent on the militia, the militia is dependent on the right.

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Posted by Odin on 11/20/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Reader: Aren't nuclear weapons arms?

"OK Dave H. Since you want to cite the Militia Act of 1790, when are you called to muster?" - Dave T.

Doesn't matter. The right to arms belongs to the people. Participation in a militia is not a prerequisite to the right. The Militia Act I cited simply gives an idea as to what "arms" consist of and has no bearing on who has the right.


"Hint: Look up the Militia Act of 1903. It states who the Well Regulated Militia is."

Nope. It states who the organized and reserve militia is. The term "well regulated" appears nowhere in it. But again, the right is not reserved to the militia, it belongs to the people.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/20/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Reader: Aren't nuclear weapons arms?

OK Dave H. Since you want to cite the Militia Act of 1790, when are you called to muster?

Hint: Look up the Militia Act of 1903. It states who the Well Regulated Militia is.

Another hint: It's not you. Or Holmes. Or Richard Nascak. Or Jay Whynotaskme. Or Oath Keepers. Or the idiot at the Bundy Ranch pointing his gun at BLM agents.

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Posted by Dave T. on 11/20/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Reader: Notary misconduct is not unique

Notarization is a relic and has no purpose in modern society. Fortunately the affidavits in question did not require notarization in the first place!

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Posted by Holmes on 11/19/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Reader: Aren't nuclear weapons arms?

Liberals are so precious!! Needy, intolerant, deviant and self-absorbed, but still precious! :)

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Posted by Holmes on 11/19/2017 at 9:56 AM

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