[Hpn] Homeless Youth Site contested in Colorado Springs

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The controversey is a slow moving one but has the West-side of Colorado 
Springs rather riled up. As a fellow Westsider myself, I'll be breaking ranks 
with the majority of OWN and supporting this agency. While NIMBY does have 
it's place, this is a needed and low-impact agency.  There is a link to Urban 
Peak's website at my website: Avenues of Escape at www.homelesscs.org   >
Letters
NOVEMBER 15, 2001: 
The West Side whining session To the Editor: As the owner of a home two 
blocks from the proposed Urban Peak teen shelter on the West Side, I've been 
monitoring the opinions floating around the neighborhood about the embattled 
project. I have the utmost respect for Urban Peak, and wholeheartedly support 
them in their activities. So, I figured I would go to a meeting of the 
Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and find out what's going on. Wow, 
what an experience. I went to last Thursday's meeting, only to feel like a 
vegetarian at a pig roast. After a general discussion about how kids today 
are up to no good because they are fundamentally different from "us" (I 
stayed out of the discussion, being the youngest person in the room), the 
agenda finally turned to Urban Peak. I was prepared to let folks know why I 
wasn't opposed to the plan but, lo and behold, I couldn't get a word in 
edgewise. Instead of discussing what position to take and what strategies to 
pursue, OWN leaders reviewed the information they had obtained from Urban 
Peak and talked about why it was all lies. Then we were treated to a 
presentation on how the evil Independence Community Fund and the Gay and 
Lesbian Fund for Colorado were bankrolling the project, and how the "liberal 
establishment" of Colorado Springs had the city government in their pocket (I 
must have missed the memo that announced this fact). Then everyone groused 
some more about how bad kids are, especially homeless kids who are all -- of 
course -- drug addicts (again, I missed this memo). I ended up leaving before 
the meeting was over because I realized everyone else in attendance had 
already made up their minds. In fact, it wasn't so much a meeting as it was a 
whining session. I just want to let the rest of the city know that OWN does 
not speak for all West Siders--in fact I doubt they even speak for a 
majority. But in case anyone wants to help out in a war effort and hasn't 
been able to enlist in the War on Terrorism, OWN is waging a war against 
homeless teens and I'm sure the teens would love some help. -- Stephen Raher 
Colorado Springs
    

 

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<BR>The controversey is a slow moving one but has the West-side of Colorado Springs rather riled up. As a fellow Westsider myself, I'll be breaking ranks with the majority of OWN and supporting this agency. While NIMBY does have it's place, this is a needed and low-impact agency. &nbsp;There is a link to Urban Peak's website at my website: Avenues of Escape at www.homelesscs.org   <IMG  SRC="http://www.csindy.com/csindy/images/spacer.gif" WIDTH="325" HEIGHT="1" BORDER="0">
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<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=4 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="arial" LANG="0"><B>The West Side whining session</FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="arial" LANG="0"></B> To the Editor: As the owner of a home two blocks from the proposed Urban Peak teen shelter on the West Side, I've been monitoring the opinions floating around the neighborhood about the embattled project. I have the utmost respect for Urban Peak, and wholeheartedly support them in their activities. So, I figured I would go to a meeting of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and find out what's going on. Wow, what an experience. I went to last Thursday's meeting, only to feel like a vegetarian at a pig roast. After a general discussion about how kids today are up to no good because they are fundamentally different from "us" (I stayed out of the discussion, being the youngest person in the room), the agenda finally turned to Urban Peak. I was prepared to let folks know why I w!
asn't opposed to the plan but, lo and behold, I couldn't get a word in edgewise. Instead of discussing what position to take and what strategies to pursue, OWN leaders reviewed the information they had obtained from Urban Peak and talked about why it was all lies. Then we were treated to a presentation on how the evil Independence Community Fund and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado were bankrolling the project, and how the "liberal establishment" of Colorado Springs had the city government in their pocket (I must have missed the memo that announced this fact). Then everyone groused some more about how bad kids are, especially homeless kids who are all -- of course -- drug addicts (again, I missed this memo). I ended up leaving before the meeting was over because I realized everyone else in attendance had already made up their minds. In fact, it wasn't so much a meeting as it was a whining session. I just want to let the rest of the city know that OWN does not speak for al!
l West Siders--in fact I doubt they even speak for a majority. But in case anyone wants to help out in a war effort and hasn't been able to enlist in the War on Terrorism, OWN is waging a war against homeless teens and I'm sure the teens would love some help. <B><I>-- Stephen Raher Colorado Springs</B></I>
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