…The More They Stay The Same
Does it seem to you that the more things change, the more they stay the same? A reader sent me a link to a story posted in Homeless world about the need for bathroom in Garberville in 2008. Mary Anderson did the story originally for the Redwood Times. Patti Rose is quoted as saying, “”Sometimes people are outraged that the homeless poop on the sidewalk, but where are they supposed to go to the bathroom? Could we get a public bathroom somewhere, a porta-potty? People complain that the homeless smell bad. Well, maybe we could get a public shower somewhere.”
We’ve tried at least 2 1/2 years without the porta potty. We can see how well that worked. Could we try a year with it and see if the homeless problem increases or if sanitation increases? Seems like the most practical way to deal. If it doesn’t work, remove it. If it does, work to build a sturdy, easy to clean, permanent structure. And, let me be bold here, I think one possibility is that we should put it in the public square so that tourists will use it, to0.
When things stay the same, the more we need to change…Let’s try something different and see if it works.
(As a side note though, even if you vehemently disagree with those who want there to be no public restrooms in Garberville, they have a right to their opinion. Threatening to have poop-in’s on their doorstep is counterproductive. Remember they have been struggling with this issue up close for years. Listen respectfully, they might seem less angry if they didn’t feel so defensive. Think of your worst neighbor problem. Imagine folk from other areas telling you to be more patient, to give something to the person who has made your life miserable–wouldn’t you think those people were nuts and didn’t understand the situation? Wouldn’t you think you might have a better understanding of how to deal than folks who weren’t in the middle of it all? )
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