Reader: A lot of homeless haters are smug, entitled jackoffs

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The debate continues to rage over the homeless issue in the Ballpark neighborhood, LoDo and the 16th Street Mall area even after Denver City Council approved $1.8 million for additional police patrols. Here's a passionate response from a reader upset at those who blame the homeless for their situation.

policechokechain writes:

Yeah...they'll just walk down to the job store and pick out a great career. What the fuck world are you from? Smug entitled jackoffs like you are always welcome to go back to Indiana.

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Suzanne McDonough
Suzanne McDonough

Why do you call them bums????? Do you know why they are on the streets?

Johnny Zimmerman
Johnny Zimmerman

----And in a news update-----, the homeless have moved on from the ballpark area, there were no more yuppies to beg for change since no-body is going to Coors field, The Rockies piss poor play as of late was determined to be the cause.

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

Half of the homeless are in a temporary situation and would greatly benefit from free housing and job training. Unfortunately the other half would benefit more from an institutional environment. We have hundreds of people wandering Downtown who have been banned from every shelter and clinic due to their behaviors, abuse a variety of substances, and assault citizens without provocation . . . that is a fact.

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

I think this reader hates the homeless and the working class. Who is really entitled here??

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

i think they are much, much worse than that. Last week I saw some fucktard hold up traffic so he could keep screaming "get a job" at a homeless person at the intersection. They are a much bigger problem than the homeless, and generally worse humans as well.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

Beds and services go unused in this city every day why? ..... because you to have to be sober to utilize them. That's a deal breaker for the bums ( notice I didn't say homeless).

Ivan Gomez
Ivan Gomez

wow that wasnt even a good rant!!!!!

Kev Markis
Kev Markis

I'm a cartoonist and homeless guys are great to draw. I say let's import a few more.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Giving them food or shoes or a blanket is probably way better than cash

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Anthony I completely agree with you that we should be helping the less fortunate. My point to you is are you really helping anyone, or are you hurting them? I'm sure you honestly believe that your money is going into a jar to get an apt. or food, or a car etc, but it's not. Why not just buy them a bottle of jack and some Marlboro's instead? I'm not trying to bash you for your compassion, but people aren't selfish because they don't think funding someone's choice of addiction. haha most of us work for ours.

June Rodgers
June Rodgers

Mental illness and vets with sever PTSD are the reason we have such a high homeless rate all over the country. We would rather pretend they don't exsist then give any of them any real help. I grew up homeless for half of my childhood and it's not easy that's for sure!

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

Thanks for posting this -- not stuff I already didn't know. What exactly are you trying to get across by asking me to get my "facts straight" -- what data did I present that was incorrect?

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

Scott, go do your research...I had stated that the housing crisis was a PART of the problem. You have already made up your prejudiced mind, but if you'd care to educate yourself, go Google "American homelessness 1960-2014" and READ for awhile.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

The problem is that you (and i'll say it with emphasis) AREN'T HELPING ANYONE GIVING THEM MONEY!! It's nice that you think that your money is going to help little orphan annie get some bread and soup back to her family, but come on man. You are buying a bottle, a pack of cigarettes, a bag of dope. And you are perpetuating the problem. You want to help? Food, clothing, shelter. Hell put them up in your house for the night, work at a shelter. Money handouts don't help the issue. I donate time with service and goods, NOT MONEY. The real poor are getting their food at the food banks, staying in shelters etc. while the vagrants are getting drunk on the streets, begging, harassing women when they walk by, yelling at the men for ignoring them. I'm glad you have idealistic christian views on the homeless, but their is homeless, there is poor and there are vagrants. help those that want and need it, not those that are purposely living like transients.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Totally...it's the housing crisis that created the drunks trying to bums cigs, money and harassing everyone in both Boulder and Denver.

Anthony Atencio
Anthony Atencio

I'm far from perfect, and I don't expect praise for what I do...My point is for my beliefs as a god fearing human being its everybody's duty to help somebody less fortunate then them....end of story

David Alley
David Alley

You think you've given? You really don't get what giving is about do you?

Joe Maldonado
Joe Maldonado

It's funny because it could happen to anyone by fault of a few unfortunate events

Heather Cochrane
Heather Cochrane

The homeless and shelters were there before Lodo built, did they think they would just go away?

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

I honestly dont know why there is such emotion about Homelessness. Governor John Hickenlooper created this program called "Denver's Road Home" and that program will end Homelessness by 2015. Dont believe me? Google "Denver's Road Home" and you will read all about this fabulous plan. So relax, in a matter of 6 short months, Homelessness will be done. Just trust the Governor, he knows!

David Alley
David Alley

The post is not about the homeless. The story is about a reader's opinion about homelessness. So if you think my comment reveals something about me, it reveals more about your inattentiveness.

Margaret Foster
Margaret Foster

Really? How much snot makes a punk? This is about the homeless. Appreciate your opinion, though! Very revealing!

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

A MUCH more thoroughly laid-out idea and plan for us. THIS I can get behind, Mr. Jennings. And I never suggested just putting homeless in empty houses -- it was the elision of the two facts to make a point.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Giving money to the homeless helps feed their addiction and is counterproductive.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Go speak to any of the people serving the homeless and they'll tell you that substance abuse is rampant. Now that being said, the substance abuse may be a symptom of underlying mental illness. Locking them up or putting them in a foreclosed house will not solve the problem. You also have a problem with transient gutter punks who are menacing to many including the mentally ill homeless. It's a problem that requires treatment programs, arresting violent offenders and transitioning people into half way homes and other living situations. The current status quo is untenable.

Anthony Atencio
Anthony Atencio

We live in a selfish society ,with a lack of humanity anymore!!! I aint trying to get points,but if I have 10$ in my wallet id give half to somebody thats in greater need then me... But you have somebody thats a millionaire walk by a homeless family and wouldent give em a nickel....smh....Most people with money have never struggled ,so I guess how are they gonna relate to somebody on the corner asking for some change??? Its a sad world we live in....On top of that where do people get of judging the less fortunate ,but have never walked a mile in there shoes???

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

No, one of the core symptoms of homelessness is substance use and abuse. You are looking at the wrong root.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

The core issue behind the vagrants in LoDo is substance abuse. Solve that problem and many will go away.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

How many homeless living in LoDo are homeless as a result of the foreclosure crisis? I'd say less than 1%.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Amber Rae Schultes If you think Colorado is the Midwest then that means you're not from Colorado.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Anyone who thinks that homeless are not a huge problem in Denver clearly never lived any where else. In no other major city are homeless treated like the own the street not like the bums they are. That's right they are bums. I know some granola chomping wanna-be hipfag will try to say otherwise but most of these people deserve what they've got.

David Alley
David Alley

Rest assured that some "real" people have seen this up close. There's a hard corp contingency that wants nothing to do with being rescued. People have given lots of precious time and money to solve the insoluble.

David Alley
David Alley

Superficial snot nosed punks say things like this.

Mimisaurus Rex
Mimisaurus Rex

People hate on things they haven't had to experience. I bet if you took all of those "homeless haters" and put them on the streets in Denver for a night. They may change their tune about things. But unfortunately real life doesn't work that way.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for weighing in, Scott.

homeless110
homeless110

i disagree with you. i think the pendulum has swung and economics is a major factor now. ptsd....ehhhh....if it's severe maybe..but ptsd has become almost like bipolar. over diagnosed. in the end we should house the mentally ill and the truly disabled with no strings attached. the rest...we need to help out of homelessness but not with free housing. they need to be reintegrated and support themselves.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences, June. Much appreciated.

travisafarmer
travisafarmer

you do realize that mental health is a major contributor to homelessness as well as lack of veteran services?  I would rather buy a tall boy or bottle for a homeless person downtown because no matter what money i give to the dude at 6th and whatever, i know its going towards booze or some semblance of sanity or some help coping with the fact that whoever i just threw a few bucks at has to sleep in a sketchy alley somewhere near where i lived.  i have watched a homeless man fight a telephone pole like it was his mortal enemy till he cracked his skull on the pavement.  Thank god I lived two blocks from Denver Health. To demonize the homeless in denver is bullshit.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Very simply put, Anthony. Thanks.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is at least duck-like.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Mimisaurus. Thanks.

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