"The Down and Out"
the frustration that comes from bringing the homeless,
the down trodden and the addicted to a ?neighborhood near you,? we
still have to take a constructive look at the
solutions and problems and not let emotion take over.
These ?Bums? are human beings,
as are the gang members who terrorize my
neighborhood and family. Because I believe it is bad to
carry hate in your heart, I do not hate the gang members for threatening
to harm my family and me. Nor do I see them as
animals. I will defend my family to the death if
necessary, and I would not mind seeing most gang
members in jail.
I refuse to let my anger and emotions get the best of me. These gang
members are people who have made bad choices and who deserve to face their
As for the ?bums?,
we have to see who they really are. They
are people who have made a lot of bad choices and keep making them until they
are found frozen to death under a bridge, incarcerated, addicted to drugs or
alcohol. All these factors point to one thing for the bum: Death.
Many of them are males who refuse to better
themselves even though they live in a country where the GDP surpasses all
countries in the world.
Ft. Worth controls their street bums
their laws against feeding street people downtown. Ft.
Worth has shelters away from downtown and away from residential
areas -- and their bums get there or leave town.
No do-gooder programs
for street bums work. We have been doing
the same thing on a smaller scale for 15 years, and all we have done is
attract more of the metroplex's street bums
because Dallas is more generous than our neighbor
We do not
have to take care of street bums,but
we should re-open institutions for the "mentals".
The rest made their life choices.
It's ironic the
very do-gooders who closed the mental
institutions out of mistaken liberal experiments now
want to create "open-door" institutions for street bums who want to
panhandle for enough "dolla's" to buy more booze
We should assist women with
children,but we spend ten times more on the bums. There's
little left to spend on the people we might actually help.
love is "tough love". Refusing to be terrorized by street gangs or street
bums or do-gooders is not "hate in my heart", it
is self-defense and defense of the working poor who don't have time,
resources or political clout to defend their communities and their homes
and most importantly their children from bad ideas made
There are many ?handouts?
available for the bum. He can choose to better
himself by using all the services around the city and eventually leave the
streets. The bum can also get caught in a cycle
of ?handouts? and stay on the street. This is
why the ?homeless spa? should be made with standards that lead the homeless to
have homes, no matter the location.
Simply providing homeless men
(who have many physical and mental problems) with shelter in the form of old
buildings and tents does the city no good. Providing
shelter with strict rules and a solid plan and goal will do better.
After all, what is the city?s
main goal for the homeless: To box them up and ship them to China or Mexico?
No, the goal should be to get them off
the street, to get them to contribute to society in one way or another.
us there will always be homeless around. In
Dallas, we will always have people down and out. We
have to figure out better ways of dealing with the problem because people are
rotting away and too much money is wasted on programs that fail.
Sometimes we have to
discard our pride, step off the soapbox and help those who are in need despite
the choices they have made for themselves.
One day, we might loose our luxuries and find
ourselves in desperate need of a "dolla" -- as in: