The only thing we have left is our determination to make our own way in life, but we are increasingly told that we are no better than equal to those who refuse to make their own way, but instead force us to support them.
I opened my local blatt today, and found this article. You really don't need to read more than the first couple of paragraphs to get the idea, it's another "freeloaders are just unfortunate, they can't help their condition, so we must feed, clothe and house them." At least this one didn't claim the lofty perch of Christian Godliness, but plenty such articles do.
I've had quite enough of this idiocy, thank you.
I replied to the op-ed:
UPDATE: 09292015: This letter WAS published in the Gresham Outlook today. Interestingly, the Editor then asked readers to take shots at it. I presume I will get the opportunity to reply to those taking potshots, because aside from the religious argument, there are NO winning arguments against my point of view in this letter. The religious argument of Charity is not even part of this, either, although I will bet right here that most of the pot-shottists will take me to task for my lack of Charity. I will counter the Charity argument by simply saying that it is for private people to be charitable, not governments.
I write this letter to express a contrarian viewpoint on the subject of "homelessness", one which is almost never seen in print, but, I can assure you, is considered by solid citizens every single time this subject is discussed.
It is simple: cities have problems with homelessness and transients in inverse proportion to the effort which the city leaders spend pursuing proper efforts to discourage the presence of such persons.
A case in point: In 1969, the Air Force transferred me to Westover AFB, MA. The closest city to the air base was Holyoke, one of the first PLANNED industrial cities in the USA. The hot topic of local discussion in Holyoke then was all the vagrants (a legal term then) who had recently come north from New York City. Those vagrants had come to Holyoke because they were attracted by new forms of welfare that Holyoke instituted, but which were not available in NYC. Holyoke had attracted the seeds of it's own demise.
Flash forward 46 years to today. I was leaving my residential block and needed to drive West on Powell Valley Road. My passage onto Powell Valley Rd was blocked for a time by a procession of eastbound vehicles, the lead vehicle of which was a van from a food bank which said "Sanctuary" in big letters on it. Behind that vehicle drove a convoy of beater-mobiles, mostly full of passengers, most of the passengers being rough-looking men. My neighborhood is attracting them to a local church, no doubt.
I pose this question to Mayor Bemis and the City Council: Have you even LOOKED at what might be legally done to discourage all these unfortunates from coming to Gresham? Have you? If you have, I haven't heard of your efforts. Instead, I have endlessly heard that "we must feed them" and "we must house them".
This taxpaying, self-supporting citizen says that our efforts in placating these supplicants should end, replaced with a spirit of determination to keep Gresham for the producers, those who have learned to make their own way in life without the handouts, and especially those who have learned to make their way without the encouragements of the freeloading lifestyle.
It's time to raise this flag, folks. It's time to challenge the freeloader lifestyle every time it raises one of it's Hydra-heads. It's time to slay this dragon before it finishes the producing class off.