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September 08, 2004

And while I'm feeling pissed off and outraged

I'm going to say that I am sick and tired of these suburban asswipes who can't just sit back and relax and realize how lucky they are to have houses to go home to every night, instead of trying to fight the good people who run the areas tent cities to provide some level of safety and short-term shelter to people who have nowhere else to go.

So to Shane Davies, Steve Pyeatt and Ron Swicord, the three members of the Citizens' Advisory Commission on Homeless Encampments who are against the tent cities and all those they are representing, I send a big old Cheney Yourself. But I hope that when you really need someone to show some compassion to you in life, that there are people out there who aren't as selfish as you.

And I really can't wait for things to start getting better so I can go back to writing about food and wine and funny Japanese translations of signs and things that don't raise my blood pressure.


I bet you Shane Davies, Steve Pyeatt and Ron Swicord are even Bush supporters.

Posted by paulette at September 8, 2004 10:54 AM | TrackBack
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Earlier this summer tent city was right over there. You couldn't quite see it from my house, but you can see the church from here, and tent city was right there in their parking lot. Sure, there were a few more people in my neighborhood walking around and you could tell they weren't the usual hipsters and soccer moms, but hell, they were just going to get groceries, so what did I care if they wanted to use the sidewalk?

I checked out the resources online for tent city to see if they could use some stuff I had kicking around the house. Nope. See, tent city isn't just some place you can go get rid of your old kitchen wares, and they have specific things they need, like tarps and bus passes. I learned, while I was looking in to it, that they have stricter rules than the rest of my neighborhood appears to observe, no drugs, no weapons, zero tolerance for those things. You use, you're gone. More than I can say for the hookers and dealers at 22nd and Madison who cause WAY more trouble on a daily basis then tent city did.

I saw a representative of tent city on the news earlier this summer when an East side church was in a flap over them setting up camp in their neighborhood. "I'm pretty sure that if Jesus saw us, he would not say GET OFF MY LAWN."

Posted by: pam on September 9, 2004 05:25 PM
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