It is good to hear that some churches still do things for their communities. Folks around here seem to have never heard of that.DorGunR said:During the winter my church along with 3 other churches in the area take care of between 15 & 25 homeless.............it's our turn every fourth week, they are fed, can shower and have a warm safe place to sleep. We also give food to folks that are having a hard time feeding themselves for various reasons. So you folks that like to knock churches............well.
You'd love Cuba. Been there twice, one of the most frightening things I saw, once I learned how to see what there wasn't to see and once I realized its implications, was that there are no bums.fal_shooter said:Two words - WORK CAMPS. Most of these bums want to live on the street. I say round them up and put them in a camp. Teach them how to be productive humans clean them up and find them simple jobs so they can rebuild their self esteem.
I feel the same way. The few that just have a temporary setback and fall on hard times aren't the ones that are causing the biggest problem. We should have programs to help them find employment and to provide them with basic needs temporarily. And, the mentally ill we need to gather them up and get them off the streets anyway before they cause harm to themself or to others. As far as the druggies and alcoholics that refuse placement in a rehab center, roust em up and chase em out of town. The taxpayers shouldn't be expected to subsidize drug and alcohol abusers so they can continue their lifestyle.Dzerzhinsky said:*Please note that by "bum" I am using the term in its traditional and restricted sense - i.e. a neer-do-well who chooses not to work. As noted in a previous post, I consider the disabled and those who have fallen on hard times to be separate categories of the homeless and should be treated differently.
I disagree. One of the few really good things that Reagan did when he was governor of California was to get the mentally-ill out of institutions and back into the community. The problem was that move was supposed to have been coupled with funding for outpatient community mental-health clinics adequate to meet the needs of the now-free mentally ill, and that didn't happen - and still hasn't happened.Pogo said:...And, the mentally ill we need to gather them up and get them off the streets anyway before they cause harm to themself or to others...