Friday, December 19, 2008


Because it is a long and difficult process to fix and reform certain aspects of society, we are constantly coming up with band-aid solutions to larger problems while we wait. Homelessness in this country is a problem that will be more adequately solved when more people get serious about our mental healthcare infrastructure, public housing, education and social service programs. But, while powers that be argue and volunteers can only do so much, there are still too many people sleeping in cardboard boxes who either don’t know or can’t comprehend how to get themselves out of this situation.

The EDAR is an idea that is not a solution to a big problem, but helps alleviate some suffering. In the realm of small measures, it is something worthwhile. Not a step forward in the right direction, but a step forward nonetheless. While it is sad that it is necessary, it is necessary.



patsbrother said...

Never, ever begin a story with this: "Christopher Raynor's father kicked him out when he was 13, after his stepmother interrupted an orgy in his bedroom and the teen jammed a broom handle against her throat."

The cure for cancer could have fallen within the next few words and I wouldn't know. All I know is that the rest did not explain this.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Yeah, I got caught up on that for a minute, too. Its the "attention grabbing start" version of editing that isn't helpful to the actual point of the story. Just move beyond it.

DADvocate said...

Yeah, the beginning points out why Raynor may belong in prison instead of the streets.

These shelters are cool, but like you said, it's not a step in the right direction. In the same way that we'll always have disease, poverty and such, we'll always have homelessness. We need to provide the services need for clothing, shelter, food, medical care, when needed.

We have a well known homeless man in Maysville. He wants to be homeless. People and businesses give him money, clothes, food, and shelter if needed. I'm told he's intelligent and he's a large but harmless man. Never heard of him hurting anyone or even appearing threatening. But, again, that's one of the advantages of a small town where everyone knows everyone.

Big cities have much more serious problems. Cincinnati has plenty of shelters, food kitchens, and clothing sources. But some of the homeless are too mentally disturbed, violent, etc. In the winter, it's a major task to find them all and make sure they don't freeze to death.