Keeping the homeless out of sight, out of mind

Good news: Mayor Paul Soglin has solved Madison’s homeless problem

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These type of ordinances hurt efforts to make effective change

If you've never looked at the application for HUD funding through the Continuum of Care program (which is how HUD directs the majority of its shelter and service funds to front-line agencies dealing directly with the homeless) you may be interested to know the competition is currently underway. You may also be interested to know that communities where there are laws criminalizing homelessness - such as the Mayor's proposal - will be penalized during the competition and risk the loss of funds.

udjibbom 257 days ago

Keeping the homeless out of sight, out of mind

Once again, Master Paul Soglin reveals his stunning cruelty to the whole country, the whole world. If credit is due, then it's "credit" for Soglin's sheer tenacity, the tireless, sadistic attitude that characterizes his ceaseless quest to do the wrong thing.

Dan Goldstein 260 days ago

Try to see both sides, folks

I get that people with money don't want to see their nice city cluttered with undesirable sights but sweeping a problem under the rug does not make it go away. Seeing only one side of the issue because it satisfies your personal feelings does not help you understand the issue as a whole and only leads to biased conflicts, not good solutions. I thought the article was an interesting read.

J. Murray 262 days ago

Don't misrepresent the other side

Characterizing "one side" as "people with money who don't want to see their nice city cluttered with undesirable sights" is pejorative and an ad hominem. It does nothing to further discussion.

All people should, and generally do, want to respect the rights of others, including their right to use their property, exercise their freedom and conduct their affairs without interfering with one another. Thus, we should not want people sleeping in walkways and obstructing doorways. This is not good for anyone.

There are solutions that respect the rights of everyone.

Jim 261 days ago

What a dark, digusting column

Awful, just awful. Assigns people motives that are completely unknown to the author. Accuses virtually everyone (except the author, of course, who evidently exists on a higher plane of being) of racism, classism, and hate.

I hope there's an apology coming for this misdirected, poorly thought-out bomb.

WashCoRepub 262 days ago

Taking ideas seriously

It seems that it is the author who is uncomfortable, at least with taking ideas and issues seriously. The level of snark and contempt without regard for the actual issues involved is mind-boggling.

Respecting the rights of citizens to conduct their affairs and use their property is crucial to a liberal society. Laws against setting up camp in places where this obstructs the free exercise of other people's rights is not segregation.

Note that, anyone, including the author, is free to invite people to sleep in his or her doorway or setup camp in their driveway. Freedom provides for this. But demanding that others sacrifice their freedoms against their will is the opposite of what a just and free society demands.

Jim 263 days ago

Agree with the sentiment but...

The indignation-by-way-of-snark here is so childish and off-putting I couldn't finish the article. Nonconstructive criticism.

Andrew 264 days ago

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