Tag Archives: Homelessness

Why Are the Occupy L.A. People Treating the Homeless as Inferiors?

Occupy L.A. is camped out on the front lawn of City Hall in Los Angeles. A large number of homeless people are also camped there, causing the group to divide into sections on the lawn. The homeless are in an area referred to as Skid Row. The part-time protesters are in an area called Westwood, after a nice part of town.

Ironic, isn’t it?  Occupy is supposed to be all about equality but in L.A. the truth is out in the camp: the homeless aren’t worth associating with so far as the Occupiers are concerned.

If they really believed in their cause they’d give the homeless folk a key to their house.

I’m Bummed Out

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I’ve just discovered, with my own eyes, that WordPress posts ads on my content and such ads are viewable on individual posts (rather than the home page).

That bums me out.  There’s no such thing as a free blog…  I apologize to one and all.  It isn’t my fault.

I have no qualms with WordPress making money.  I just wish I could approve ad types so that nothing improper is posted.

So, I’m bummed out.

Our Forgotten Veterans: The Women Who Have Served

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Everyone ought to read this NPR report.

Over the past decade, the number of female veterans who have become homeless has nearly doubled to roughly 6,500, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most of them are younger than 35. One of them is Cherish Cornish. Since June, the 29-year-old has lived on the fifth floor of a temporary housing facility run by Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a private nonprofit group in Brockton, Mass. Cornish lives in one of five rooms reserved for homeless female veterans. She’s struggling to make a life for herself after the military.

This is a national shame.

“When I joined the Army, I was barely 20 years old,” Cornish says with a Southern accent, a legacy of years growing up in Texas. “I come out, and I’m 23, and so I just kind of came of age in the military. I wind up on my own again in an apartment. It’s the first time I’ve had to pay rent since I was a teenager. It’s the first time I had to pay a light bill — pretty much ever — and all these responsibilities and budgeting and stuff that I’d really never had to deal with in the military.”

We have to do better, as a country, for our Vets. We can’t toss them out and leave them to fend for their often very young and very inexperienced with real life selves.  It’s immoral.