A thoughtful reader recently sent us this note that deserves to be highlighted as the pandemic has spiked the local homeless population.
KCMO hasn't had much luck coping with real world dilemmas and political minefields surrounding the homeless issue.
And so . . .
Drawing from conservative news sources and what is ultimately a compassionate perspective, here's an alternative view of a worsening problem confronting KCMO . . .
There was a time in the past when a homeless person, around Thanksgiving when it started to get cold, would look for a police officer to punch in the face. Arrested for assault, he would plead guilty in municipal court and get a 90 day sentence at the municipal farm. That would get him a warm bed and three meals a day until spring arrived. Now the municipal farm is gone and the homeless problem is far more complicated, largely because the ACLU for decades has effectively reduced mental treatment facilities because the ill have "rights" to be free.
Homelessness is not just having no place to sleep. It is people with mental illness or drug use or both who cannot function effectively in life. The chaotic transfer of homeless people between motels this week by the city effectively illustrates this. The average drug user spends $1500 to $2000 a month on meth or heroin. With no job or income that means an increase in larceny, burglary and auto theft.
Kansas City does not yet have the severe problems of San Francisco. But a look at the problem there can present solutions to the problem here . . .
Real Clear Politics: Blighted San Francisco Diagnoses Its 'Perilous Trifecta' -- and Bungles the Cure
You decide . . .