[Hpn] Pols Need to Hear Wisdom from the Park Bench;NY Post;Column;7/1/01

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Sun, 01 Jul 2001 16:49:34 -0400


amen

"Morgan W. Brown" wrote:
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> -------Forwarded column-------
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> July 1, 2001
> New York Post <http://www.nypost.com>
> [New York City, New York]
> Column
> POLS NEED TO HEAR WISDOM
> FROM THE PARK BENCH
> <http://www.nypost.com/commentary/33746.htm>
> 
> By STEVE DUNLEAVY
> 
> July 1, 2001 -- THERE was a time when homeless families, under a
> different city administration, were actually put up in the
> Waldorf-Astoria - I'm not kidding.
> 
> And then there were times when scurrilous owners of rathole places
> made fortunes from the city by putting the unfortunates in their
> hotels and raking in giant gelt.
> 
> Things under Giuliani have gotten better, but putting up
> the homeless for $3,000 a month in an apartment is madness.
> 
> Lest you think I'm insensitive to the plight of the
> homeless, I should announce the following:
> 
> There is not one city in which I have lived - Sydney, Hong
> Kong, Tokyo, Yokohama, Athens, London, New York - in
> which I have not been, at one time or another, literally
> homeless.
> 
> I'm talking about park benches in all kinds of weather.
> 
> Obviously, homelessness has many causes, bad habits or just
> plain damn bad luck.
> 
> But putting up a homeless person or family for $3,000 a
> month, $36,000 a year, may be a compassionate gesture
> which too many of us lack in these pressure-cooker days.
> 
> However, tell that to the working poor whose city taxes go
> to support this idiocy.
> 
> Yes, I can afford those taxes today after being in my
> seventh decade. But the working poor cannot afford it.
> 
> So a solution?
> 
> Look, homelessness will not go away, and we all share a
> social responsibility for the less fortunate. It is not just
> citywide or statewide. It is countrywide.
> 
> Today, Fort Dix in New Jersey doesn't even house regular
> military any more.
> 
> OK, is the state of New Jersey going to tell the state of New
> York, we will willingly help out and put your homeless in Fort
> Dix? Probably not, but they damn well should.
> 
> If we can put Albanian refugees, in a humanitarian gesture,
> at Fort Dix, we sure as hell can put our homegrown
> unfortunates there.
> 
> If we can put our fighting men and women, who risk their
> lives in Tuzla, Bosnia, in tent cities, we can do the same for
> the homeless.
> 
> Having been homeless, I know the vicious cycle.
> 
> You have an offer for a job, but you can't get a shave or a
> clean, white shirt.
> 
> But truthfully, $3,000 a month is not going to cure the
> homeless problem, not if you are working poor who has to
> pay for it.
> 
> It is about time we put our heads on straight with both
> compassion for the unfortunate and an alternative design for
> not ripping off the taxpayer.
> 
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> Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
> Morgan W. Brown
> Montpelier Vermont USA
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