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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Homeless concern Glenwood Springs Tourism Board

Why use the category of "homeless" to describe the problem, if only certain members of the community's homeless population are causing problems? Why not say "public drunks" instead?

"Tijm said things like public drunkenness on buses, panhandling, harassment and a recently publicized bat-beating at a transient camp on the hills near Glenwood Springs discourage tourism and give the town a bad name. But he believes only a small portion of the homeless actually cause problems."

"Tourists crossing the pedestrian bridge seeing images of homeless people waking up from a night in a sewer pipe isn't exactly the image tourism promoters want to market for Glenwood Springs." More on this tourist mecca here.


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