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August 24, 2005

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To the editor:

Decades ago, in a high school science class, a young man shared his dream, "I wish I could go to the moon."

His instructor responded, "It can never be done."

"Why?"

"There is no way to provide gasoline stations all the way to the moon."

That made sense to me.

Not too many decades later, our family stood gazing at the moon on that gorgeous moonlit night trying to grasp the concept that Americans were actually on their way to the moon. Soon we were told of the successful landing on the moon. It was one step for mankind.

Last evening, a friend dropped by. She had a picture of our Earth taken by Voyager One from a distance of 6.4 billion kilometers from Earth. The picture was taken Feb. 1, 1990. A few days ago, the Discovery returned safely to Earth after having spent approximately two weeks in outer space.

Decades ago, our homeless citizens of Lawrence slept on 2-inch individual mats in a central room at the Salvation Army. There were two bathrooms. Our homeless citizens were allowed in, out of the weather, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Fifty years ago the Topeka Rescue Mission was formed and it became among this nation's more comprehensive programs, helping people with varying needs.

Meanwhile, now, decades later, here in Lawrence, our dozens of sober homeless citizens still sleep on 2-inch individual mats in a central room at the Salvation Army. They still share two bathrooms.

Mary Siegrist,

Lawrence

Comments

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

in this post she implies that we have made space progress but no homelessness progress. first, the only homelessness progress should be measured in how many people have been brought perminently out of that condition. many of these programs seem to do little beyond enabling these homeless to continue the bad life choices which made them homeless in the beginning.
also: again how many homeless are actually criminals wanted in another jurisdiction for charges, jail time or parole? does lawrence's provision of homeless services actually attract these individuals? more homeless=more crime.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

okay, I have an idea for progress, which could combine another city story: legalize pot for the homeless. in fact, the city should issue pot to the homeless, as a means of behavioral modification. how about aht? might be cheaper than other stuff going on now?
also, by the way, this afternoon, a homeless dude in a hawaiian shirt and visor was harrassing people on Mass st.
finally, now a federal report that potential terrorists might hide among the homeless. that's great, and another reason to issue them pot?

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