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Re: “Beer is Good

I recognize this Lee Chappelle character from comments he left on a local blog…

What a guy

Posted by Humboldt Hunny on 02/26/2015 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Find Your Tribe

What do you reccommend?? Lyching? Castrating>>>...Taking thelaw in your hands--or ignoring the law doeswn't solve the probrem or prevent recurrence--Peer pressure or family caring can help..But don't sweep the problem underthe rug....

Posted by jean doran1 on 02/22/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Not Blue about the Blue Heron

This guy seems more concerned about what some rich asshole thinks than how poor people actually have to live. Man... who's the real scumbag here? Why don't you do something positive to change your city other than kicking back and take joy like a psychopath in the fact that MORE people just got put onto the streets, and became that much more desperate and vulnerable after getting cheated on both ends from our thug police force and a slumlord?

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Posted by Zach Thiessen on 02/20/2015 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Not Blue about the Blue Heron

Considering the costs of the outrageous response required by law enforcement, social services, mental health temporary housing, and now the lawsuits, attorney's and settlements, this property should have been taken over through eminent domain allowing tenants to stay housed while repairs were made. Wasting limited taxpayer dollars chasing after the destitute, their flop houses, shopping carts and bicycles is ineffective, costly and cruel. Our police chief and city government needs to do their homework!

The only "public service" they accomplish with these counterproductive polices and practices is job security for the fire and police needed to respond to another abandoned building, and the new homeless herded into temporary shelters and issued senseless citations they can't pay.

Utah's conservative government discovered that gifting the homeless modest apartments for as long as need is cheaper than temporary shelters, incarceration, mental health and emergency room admissions, and it has almost completely ended the army of walking-wounded plaguing their streets.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 02/19/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Not Blue about the Blue Heron

If most are under public assistance programs, I have to wonder what the monthly rent was? If an individual was on SSI/SSP they may receive $927 (includes food allowance for no cooking facilities), they would not be eligible for Food Stamps. What was the rent? I know from personal experience being on SSI/SSP staying at a motel it cost $650 a month leave $227 for food and not having cooking facilities that went fast. So, were folks charged 30% of their income or 80%?

One reason some of these motels who rent out monthly need to be closed and changed to low-income housing in my mind. If you are barely making it month to month and having to pay outrageous rents for a poorly kept room (does not take away personal responsibility) you never have an opportunity to change your condition - In a way owners of these types of facilities need to be looked at differently; are they assisting society by taking all they can get or allowing for individuals to improve their situation by charging a fair rent?

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Posted by Charles Bean on 02/19/2015 at 6:51 AM

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