Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Lisa Simeone, Mar 4, 2012.
From a friend:
Thanks, Lisa. I'll share.
This is worrisome. The result will be criminalizing any act of kindness.
The last two times I stopped to help accident victims before the police arrived I almost regretted it. When the police showed up they were nasty to me. It's easy to see why most people "don't want to get involved." By the second time I'd learned my lesson. The first words out of my mouth were "Am I free to go?" I was relieved when the answer was a begrudging yes. (The contrarian control freaks want you to stay if you prefer to go, and want you to leave if they imagine you might be inclined to stay!)
If being caught helping strangers is going to to result in being charged with a crime, things will go from bad to worse.
You'd think that public policy would support private efforts that require no public funding???? But no ...
Local spending is of control, it's not much better nationally, and yet they throw up road blocks to obstruct private efforts.
Here in Minneapolis we have a private charity (Sharing & Caring Hands) that's 100% privately funded -- accepts no government funding and no United way moneys. When they were forced to relocate about 20 years ago, the city* made it almost impossible for them to find a new location. The real issues were lack of control (the charity has a strong Christian orientation that more an annoys a lot of people) and the fact that as a very effective & successful charity they attract a lot of private funding that might other go to support the much more bureaucratic city efforts.
*This is the same city government that created much of their homeless problem in the first place by zoning & forcing most single-room occupancies and share-bath apartments out of existence. They deliberately eliminated all the cheapest housing and encouraged much of that & other inner-city housing to be converted to condominiums. Surprise, they ended up with a lot of homeless people who can't afford their new choices. In one area (Nicollet Island) they condemned the entire island, forced the entire neighborhood to relocate, and then converted the stolen properties to condos and publicly owned (leased land) housing.
The lack of "rooming houses" is a real problem. Lot's of people on the margin mourn the loss of this low-cost form of housing. As recently as the 80s singles could still rent a room and share a bathroom, perhaps some limited kitchen privileges. No more. It's forced a lot of people onto the streets or into abusive family situations they can't afford to escape.
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