Shame on you, Seattle Times
"While he was writing the first word, the middle, dotting his i's, crossing his t's, and punching his period, he knew he was concocting a sentence that was saturated with infamy and reeking with falsehood." from Mark Twain's short story "Journalism in Tennessee"
I can't remember reading anything in a local paper more distressing than this week's Seattle Times editorial "Tent City: pointless" printed on June 12, 2008.
Too bad I'm not a subscriber; I got nothin' to cancel.
The Seattle Times is wrong on many fronts:
1. Tent City saves lives.
2. There isn't enough emergency shelter in the area.
3. Twenty six hundred homeless people outside at night does constitute a public crisis.
4. The problem is growing, exacerbated by a worsening economy, a gap between entry level wages and housing costs in the area, and a Mayor who wants to spend public money moving problems around instead of solving the problems.
5. Offering people shelter is a Hobbsian choice -- shelters are institutions that must restrict personal freedom in favor of routinization: you are kicked out at 6:30 am no matter what your work and sleep schedule is.
6. No one's personal survival strategy is pointless.
BOO and HISS -- Really missed the mark, Seattle Times Editors.
And I am no big fan of Tent City. But what alternatives can you suggest?