Mourners Served Hash Cake at Funeral?

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Cristal M Clark 

I’m fairly certain everyone thought this was going to be a story hailing from a funeral in Colorado but as luck would have it, it’s not. 

Going out for coffee and cake happens to be a German tradition after a funeral, usually hash cake is not part of the tradition.  

Apparently, back  in August, local police in northern Germany reported that 13 funeral-goers at a restaurant in Wiethagen experienced “nausea and dizziness” i.e. being buzzed, after eating some fresh hash cake after a funeral.

Edibles by the way, do tend to be more potent as opposed to smoking weed. 

After a quick investigation found a restaurant employee’s daughter had been asked to bake the cake.

But the 18-year-old had also baked a “hash cake” for a separate occasion, and the mother took the wrong dessert to work.

That’ll be the last time this girls parents ask her to bake a cake for just about any occasion not to mention that now the young lady in question is also under investigation by the police.

So remember folks, while it’s all fun and games eating edibles with your friends, it’s just never a good idea to serve hash cake at a funeral, some of the older generations just can’t handle it. 

Cristal M Clark

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School Shooting –

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Stem School Shooting, Highlands Ranch – Colorado

Cristal M Clark

Heading into another week in the year here, Colorado faced yet another school shooting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the shooting occurred at the charter school, STEM School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb. Leaving 8 students injured and 1 dead.

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The shooters, both students, on 18-year-old boy and one 16-year-old who identifies as a male.

The shooting created a media frenzy of misinformation, attention seeking individuals came forward to share stories and the like, one live broadcast near the shooting featured a “worried” parent on the phone with her child asking how many kids were shot conveniently while the cameras were rolling, some news reports are labeling one of the shooters a bully, it is all in such poor taste, in utter disgust I refused to read anything about it until last night.

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Students walked out of a vigil in protest of the politicians and politically driven speakers who turned the vigil into a very poorly thought out political stunt, geared towards getting whatever their personal politically message was out, but one rather disparaging item I kept seeing at several news sites were the comments.

Adults, making horrible, disparaging comments with regards to the shooters looks, lifestyles, calling them freaks, asking based off of the way they look, why they were not red flagged? Then getting into forum chat arguments amongst themselves over spanking kids, bully’s, the way kids these days dress, look or behave, calling each other names, demanding more gun laws, demanding less gun laws.

This is the behavior we pass along to our children for they are in fact mirrors of all of us. Where is the compassion or empathy for the two shooters? We lack the understanding of how or why they did what they did, who are we to really judge at this juncture?

Some would call me a bleeding heart, fair enough however I will always inevitably correct that, I am realist. The reality of the situation is that these two young individuals are suffering some mental health issues enough to have caused them to want to cause harm to others and until we understand fully what those issues are, we will not be able to stop school shootings regardless of how many gun laws we put on or off of the books. Words on paper are meaningless without a true understanding of the how and why.

What these two kids have done is completely inexcusable and wrong, however we have no inkling of what brought them to that point, what has caused them such mental trauma or were they just born that way?

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We cannot stop mass shootings until we have a full and complete understanding of each shooter in any given situation because without that understanding, we will never truly be able to see any warning signs, red flags or indication that a shooting may happen.

Hindsight is always 20/20 however, we could certainly do a much better job of being compassionate enough to gain a true understanding of why so as to prevent it from actually happening again in addition to no longer allowing the mainstream media to turn these events into a ratings tool, putting attention seeking one minute wonders up where the focus is on that particular individual who simply wanted that one minute of fame. If they had some sort of valuable input it would be another matter now wouldn’t it.

Cristal M Clark

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Truck Driver Facing Decades in Prison

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Lakewood, Colorado

Cristal M Clark

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The truck driver 23-year old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, that crashed his semi on I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado that killed 4 people and seriously injured two others, was formally charged Friday with roughly 3 dozen felony counts and he could potentially face decades in prison.

Rogel has been charged with, 40 counts, including 6 counts of assault in the first degree and 4 counts of vehicular homicide, in the fiery April 25 crash on eastbound I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado. District Attorney Pete Weir said Rogel was “driving extremely fast and in a reckless manner” in an area where the speed limit for commercial vehicles is 45 mph. The semi Aguilera was driving was estimated to have been going “in excess of 85 miles an hour.”

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Many are saying that Rogel was behaving with extreme indifference and his attorney, well he believes that the charges are an overreach by the Jefferson County DA’s office and I would be lying if I said that I did not agree to some extent with Rogel’s attorney.

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After losing control of his rig coming off the mountain on I-70, the driver made an unfortunate series of bad decisions, he failed twice to utilize two, not one but two runaway truck ramps on his way down, swerved all over the road at one point almost running several cars off the road, had his rig in the incorrect gear, failed to attempt to drive into the ditch, the median and then subsequently, crashed into several stopped cars on the highway causing a major explosion that killed four individuals and injured dozens. He allegedly told police from a hospital after the crash that his brakes failed, and he didn’t want to exit the highway for fear of rolling his semitrailer, according to his arrest affidavit.

While I am all for justice, I have to take a step back here and call into the questions the other seemingly guilty parties beginning with the company that employed the driver. The company, Castellano 03 Trucking LLC, a Houston-based company has been cited in numerous occasions for various safety issues, one being faulty brakes as well as employing drivers that had not concept of the English language, the one language all of our road signage happens to be written in.

Another great question would be, how was it that Rogel managed to procure a CDL license given his tenacity for seemingly making every wrong decision a truck driver could possibly make?

While living in Florida for a few years, I had to endure a visit to the DMV where I witnessed Florida licensing drivers who did not read, write or understand the English Language. They allowed these drivers to take their written exams in their own native language and then handed them drivers licenses as if they were candy. Yes, I would agree for the most part during the actual driving part of the exam these drivers had memorized the road signage they came across however that is easy, what happens IRL?

That in and of itself is completely irresponsible on the part of any state doing this and that is just one tiny piece of the puzzle.

We need to look at where this young man obtained his drives license, his CDL, then the company that employed him. Yes, we can and should hold Rogel responsible however, other parties the ones who licensed him, who gave him a CDL, and those who employed him need to be held accountable as well, yet here in America we seem all to happy to throw the book at the easiest target rather than going after the entire lot, right?

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Colorado Dad Says Son Earned his Man Card – After 12 Year-Old Boy Murders Woman

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Father of the Year Maybe?

By Cristal M Clark 

A Walsenburg, Colorado man proudly informed a witness to murder that his 12 year-old son that he had earned his man card after the boy just went about murdering a woman.

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According to a witness who was inside the home of Heith Gleason inside his home prior to the killing, Heath and murder victim Amy Garcia, age 41 had been arguing about alcohol.

Of course because if it had been cannabis the only crime that would have been committed would have involved the theft, of someone’s Cheetos.

The said witness according to the police affidavit, told police that Heath picked up a gun, said “I’ll kill her,” and then proceeded to walked outside after Amy.

Then just moments later, a single gunshot was heard by the witness, then Heath walked back inside the home and informed everyone that he did not kill Amy.

I guess Heath had another idea because why commit the murder yourself, why not get your 12-year old child to just do it for you?

That’s right, the witness went on to tell investigators that Heath went back outside with his son who is in fact 12, both accompanied by a .22-caliber firearm, then several more gunshots were heard.

Upon entering the home again, Heath proudly informed the witness that his son had earned his man card, referring to the boy murdering the mother of 4!

The body of Amy Garcia, 41, was found on Dec. 20 in the driver’s seat of a burned-out car riddled with bullet holes in Walsenburg, Colo.

Sadly, this is not just a case that involved one inept, badly behaving adult, but that idiot teaching his son that it is acceptable to just kill someone you are having an argument with.

Some thoughts on how to fight fair – after a 2 second Google Search.

Keep your cool. This is key to fighting fair….

Be polite. When we interrupt, we are listening to respond rather than understand….

Focus on the present. Focus only on the argument at hand…

Don’t lash out. When fights get dirty, couples start to name call….

Say you’re sorry.

Don’t have your juvenile child murder the other individual – maybe?

Way to kill it and earn “Your” man card, if not father of the year, Heath.

Cristal M Clark

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Canada Runs Out of Weed – on First Day of Legalization

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Canada & The Cannabis Shortage Crisis

 

On her first day in of legalized cannabis Canada faced a new and almost unheard of crisis – they ran out of weed to sell.

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It’s not like Canadian weed sellers did not plan for this, they thought for sure that they could meet the demand but in the end, it was clear that could not.

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To make matters worse – no one knows when the shortage will end.

It has been rumored that many of the stores ran out of weed, oddly enough at 4:20.

Canada also offered online stores, something that the US does not and even they could not keep up with the demand.

The sellers quickly ran out, sites crashed…

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So for all of you who have posted those funny little Colorado Memes with regards to the Mile High City, you better start gearing up for your Canada memes.

Those who have been tasked with monitoring the industry however are not surprised. Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the C.D. Howe Institute found that Canada could supply around 210 tons of cannabis, while the demand would be around 610.

It has also been rumored that perhaps Canada and states here in the US that have legalized might be able to strike up some potentially beneficial cannabis trade, while other rumors running through the media suggest that the US may lose some of its workforce to Canada for those seeking work in the industry.

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Not to worry our Canadian friends, much like the Trump Presidency, this cannabis shortage crisis shall pass soon enough.

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Thornton, Colorado – Riverdale Road

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The most haunted road in the US – The Gates of Hell

 

Some think the most haunted road is in Florida, I-4 to Tampa. It is not. The most haunted road in America, is right here at home, my home.

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Riverdale Road.

All of the ghost stories, the crap you find on YouTube, Ghost Adventures, all of the hokum. That will never tell you the true story of a road I could both drive and walk down blindfolded, for I travel that road more frequently than anyone should.

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The stories of the road are aplenty, a man burned down his home within the gates of hell, while his family was asleep, some stories tell you that he killed his family before burning the home, I believe at the old mansion, some say it is the sacred burial ground of Indians.

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A woman wanders the road, she is in all white, presumably the wife of the man who torched his home.

Other stories speak of animals that can speak, a jogger, demons who roam the earth.

Riverdale Road is none of the above. If you do not believe me, ask Lorraine Warren. The road has called to her, her entire life. She and her husband collected many pieces that were born of the road.

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To say that the road contains the gates of hell would be an understatement.

That road contains the purest form of evil that has ever been seen.

Energy, in and of itself is not evil, nor is it good. Energy is just that, Energy, it does not know good or bad.

What you will find on that road is something that is neither.

When I was a kid, some of us knew something was not right with the road but never said anything or understood it to be haunted, we simply all just felt an evil. It never stopped us from playing on it.

Now if you google it, you will learn that it is haunted. But by what, most do not know.

At the time, as a child, a teen I admit, I never understood the word; haunted, I always thought it as something to be normal.

I grew up near Riverdale Road, and no matter how many travels I have, no matter where I go, I always end up near Riverdale Road.

Henderson, Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Derby, it’s all connected, to the Gates of Hell.

A digestive tract if you will.

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My Native American Friends, they tell me that the road is a gateway. Not to anything that they know or understand, they fear that road in fact.

My earliest memory of the road was when daddy was driving us from Uncle Don’s and Aunt Mary’s place in Thornton to our home in Brighton. Mommy wasn’t feeling well, so daddy took a shortcut down Riverdale Road. It was dusk, the road grew foggy, I was 6.

I felt a heavy darkness around us, something was with us, I looked out the window and saw chaos, death, hatred, people wandering, so many lifetimes passed around us, so many things reaching for us.

It would not be the last trip that I took on the road.

I should have been afraid but I was not. When that darkness reached to strike fear in us, I reached back.

I reached out to the darkness, the shadows following our car.

I wanted to touch it.

It was my dad’s last drive down that road, for that evening, and I have no idea why, that drive freaked my dad out so much that we never took it again!

All I remember was him looking over at my mom who at the time had her eyes closed, just feeling, he had a horrified look on his face and just like that he shoved it away and turned his eyes back to the task at hand, driving us home.

The fear that I sensed him, my father, that fear always draws me back to that very road that is known worldwide for containing the gates of hell.

The second encounter I had with the road, was when I was I was a teen. Cruel friends, playing a prank left me on it, alone one day.

My bullies left me at the gates of hell. Instead of running from the gate, I walked through it. I still to this day could not tell you what I might have been thinking.

What I encountered I could never put into words. It felt like days that I had become lost on that road, at the gates of hell.

All that I know is that I grew up on that road, traveled through the gates of hell and came back through them alive and well.

If you ever want a guide through them, if you have the courage that is, I am but a call away.

 

Cristal M Clark

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Jeff Sessions Sued by 12-Year Old Colorado Girl

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Marijuana the Schedule I drug – That shouldn’t be a Schedule I Drug

I would love to be sitting here telling you that Jeff Sessions is being sued simply because he is a complete idiot but that’s not why he is being sued.

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As it turns out a 12-year old girl here in Colorado is suing him over the drug policy here in America.

The drug in particular that Alexis Bortell is upset about just so happens to be cannabis.

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So, Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit claiming that the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional.

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Alexis just so happens to use a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope which helps with seizures. Alexis was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was younger and this should come as no shock to anyone, traditional medicine was not helping so she and her family moved to Colorado from Texas so that they could legally obtain cannabis oils to treat her.

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The very sad truth is, the government is completely blind to the medical benefits from cannabis and that blindness just so happens to be on purpose.

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Big Pharma is sleeping with quite a few folks in the political arena so…we have that and they do line quite a few pockets along the way.

Additionally, big pharma actually throws more money at trying to trick voters into not legalizing cannabis than most people know about. That’s because they would rather poison us all with that shit they make and try to shove down our throats, that does very little to resolve health problems, in fact more often than not they tend to create other, more debilitating health problems.

Cannabis helps resolve a plethora of health issues with more positive results and it’s not destroying internal organs along the way.

It’s a plant that’s been around since the beginning of time, with more medical benefits than any pill big pharma could ever dream of making. They are just pissed that the cannabis industry as a whole keeps shutting big pharma out of the industry.

Which is the smartest move anyone could make.  

Some of the health problems it’s known to help with are and certainly not limited to:

Nausea

Pain

PTSD

Sleep

Nightmares (for those of us who suffer from severe nightmares)

Anxiety

Some forms of Depression

Some forms of Bipolar Disorder

Lupus

Alzheimer and dementia patients, marijuana can reduce feelings of confusion and agitation

It was found that THC, blocks inflammation in the brain and “stimulates the removal of toxic plaque”.

Marijuana has also been used to help dementia patients

For stroke victims, marijuana can, quite literally, shrink the damage away

Marijuana can reduce tremors and slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease

A recent study in the journal Cerebral Cortex showed possibilities that marijuana can help heal the brain after a concussion, or other traumatic injury

Seizures

Glaucoma

Eating disorders

Crohn’s disease

Cancer, It was found in the study, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1

Eczema, Psoriasis, Atopic and Contact Dermatitis

Pain management

Helps reverse the carcinogen effects of tobacco, and improve lung health according to a study back in January of 2012, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

That’s a pretty decent sized list, yes? It’s not even complete, that is a partial list folks. 

Alexis has a huge following on her side right now which includes me.

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Jeff Sessions might want to consider backing way off on his stance with regards to marijuana because he has an entire nation of people who do in fact believe in the medical benefits of cannabis because we’ve tried “traditional” medicine before and are fully and acutely aware of the dangers and damage traditional medicine causes to the human body and mind. 

Jeff Sessions is going to lose this battle eventually and it’s not going to be pretty for him at all.

Cristal M Clark

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Jeff Sessions – Continues to Operate with Ineptitude

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions – Can we just give him a job that he can actually do?

Other countries are starting to take some pretty big notice of Trump and his Administration’s desire to keep America locked in a time that no longer exists. They are seeing, Trump and his Administration’s efforts to keep, forbade and prohibit America from moving forward in a progressive and well thought out manner, thus keeping America at the top of the food chain.

The Administration and policies it suggests at most turns seem to be a step at rolling back instead of forward. Which is the wrong direction as most of you would agree.

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One big todo has to do with how U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions feels about legal marijuana. Setting aside his announcement today to increase civil forfeiture and going with something simple. His take is that it (pot) is really no better than heroin although the yearly death rate of those that have OD’d on Marijuana has oddly and rather shockingly remained at zero, since oh the beginning of time. Shocking because Jeff seems so concerned that it is somehow a dangerous drug or a gateway drug of some type.

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Yes, Marijuana is a gateway drug…to nacho’s, cheetos, and just about any junk food one could think of.

Of Marijuana users, if you were to actually take the time and look at those who are just using Marijuana, not mixing it with other drugs, legal or otherwise and alcohol you’ll note the users are typically non-violent, they just want to chill out for some reason.

Seems like really odd behavior for such a dangerous drug, right?

Well not according to our good friend Jeff Sessions who has vowed to lead this administration into all out war with states that have legalized. See, back in February, Donald Trump’s Department of Justice announced plans to aggressively go after states that have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana while good old Sean Spicer promised that Trump actually sees “a big difference” between the two.

I mean the guy (Jeff) is clearly just not qualified to do the job, he lacks any knowledge whatsoever about what is really going on here or even in the world, refuses to become educated and just wants things his way, because he can’t get past the fact that it just isn’t the 60’s anymore.   

A perfect example of Jeff’s ineptitude is that he once upon a time  made an ill fated joke that he thought the violent white supremacists of the KKK were and I believe it went a lot like, “okay until I found out they smoked pot.”  Then went on to establish a task force to investigate the connection between marijuana and violent crime. If actually done, you will find the report will be useless because cannabis users are typically non-violent until and unless you look at other contributing factors such as, other drugs used, alcohol and mental issues that may or may not be treated with other types of drugs. Again, to get a really good idea of cannabis users and so called violent crime, you’d have to look at just the pool of users who are strictly only using cannabis otherwise any task-force, study or numbers tossed out would be useless because they would not be factual but simply, just what this Jeff wants because he has a bone if you catch my drift. For no other reason that he wants it his way.

In rolling back states attempts at a much more sensible drug policy, Jeff is actually seeking to take America back to a time when misinformation and hysteria beat out science and reason.

Which also pretty much sums up the entire Trump Administration.

Let’s just look at a few facts:

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Trump’s approval rating is currently sitting at an all time low, in fact the majority of U.S. Presidents have never had the privilege of such a low approval rating. So quite frankly I am shocked that he is putting up that Napoleon Complex that just seeps from Jeff Sessions anytime the man enters a room, opens his mouth spatting out inept thoughts that are ill formed with the the sole desire to hold us back instead of move us forward.  

In fact, world wide Trump’s approval rating is even lower, and it continues to fall. Other Nations have an overall sense that Trump is in fact, destroying the United States, peice, by piece.

But here is the juice:

A recent Gallup poll found that 1 in 8 US adults admits to using cannabis and more than half have tried it. (I’m sure it’s a lot higher but you know people don’t want everyone knowing they use pot)

The US has 29 legal medical marijuana states

8 states have gone a step further and legalized cannabis for recreational use, allowing people over the age of 21 to enjoy it responsibly, like alcohol but without that pesky violent behavior that sometimes follows the use of heavy drinking.  

Another 14 states are looking to legalize marijuana

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Here in Colorado, we topped a cool $1 Billion in cannabis sales last year alone, which in turn offered an even cooler $2 million in tax revenue for the state.

So why is this news now?

It’s not so much new news however, back in April Jeff called for a Justice Department task force to review policies in a number of areas, including marijuana. He requested recommendations “no later than July 27.”

Jeff Sessions is just an angry little man who just wants it his way and whose use is comparable to decaf coffee, it has no use and it belongs in the garbage.

Cristal M Clark

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Denver, CO where the homeless are the gift that keeps on giving.

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Denver, Colorado

In downtown Denver it seems that the homeless come in never ending waves. Once a sweep is done, another wave shows up eventually. 

Earlier this year the City of Denver conducted a sweep of homeless camps, forcing or so they thought the homeless off of the streets and into shelters and the like.

What really happened was the majority just found a new place to camp, along near the south Platte, some in neighboring residential areas where one resident reported to local media recently that she had, witnessed two homeless individuals having sex right out in the open, in her neighborhood…which by the way is nothing new for those who actually live right off of the mall area and in and around 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th avenues.

The point is, after the sweep earlier this year, the homeless numbers in particular areas dropped off, but they didn’t just stop being homeless or disappear. They camped out elsewhere.

Some blame it on the legalization of cannabis which I am sure brought some to Denver but it did not create the homeless issues that they face. Those very same issues have been plaguing the city for quite some time, for years in fact, prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Now it seems the homeless have flocked right back to familiar territory. Drive down Lawrence by the shelter…you’ll find homeless hanging out, camped out and waiting…

The city has come out and said “we firmly believe people are best served indoors.” To some extent I agree with that idea, the intent is very well meant. But the idea itself is not one that will be successful at this juncture.

So here are the issues currently, residents, the city, business owners, visitors to the city, they all want the homeless out of sight and out of mind so to speak. So they came up with a solution designed to provide them shelter and a place to go, programs that are intended to help them become productive members of society.

But are the well wishers and planners truly understanding the issues that the homeless face?

Do they get it?

What is causing the homeless individuals to become homeless?

For some it is job loss or that the jobs they have simply do not pay enough for them to afford rent along with other housing costs.

Some suffer from mild to severe mental health issues that are under-treated, not treated at all or they are self treating through substance abuse.

Some are addicted to alcohol or drugs

Some suffer from a physical disability

Some have no family or friends that they can rely upon to help them so they all end up living on the streets.

A huge issue that the homeless complain about is the violence, assaults, filth and conditions at the shelters. The vast majority of the homeless will tell you that they would rather sleep on the street than in a shelter because the shelters are filthy, they have bed bugs, some are assaulted at shelters, hurt, and if you have ever walked through a shelter at night, it is pretty dehumanizing to say the least. 

A lot of the programs so as to help them are designed specifically for helping the homeless obtain housing and jobs. Some of the specialized housing for the homeless have rules, the programs are more in line with transitional housing. 

But to qualify certain conditions have to be met or the homeless is denied the housing or kicked out.

They cannot have priors for most of the transitional housing or if they do it cannot be sex assault and or violent priors, then the issue of substance abuse always comes up. While in most if not all of the transitional housing, they cannot drink or do drugs.

Well, that is a huge part of the homeless population. A lot do in fact suffer from some form of substance abuse, some have prior’s and some have priors that are due to mental illnesses that were never treated properly.

You cannot demand that the homeless give up whatever substance they abuse just so that they can have housing. I’ve heard people say, that if the homeless want off the streets bad enough they’ll give up drinking or doing drugs.

That is not a fair expectation to be honest. You don’t just expect a long time heavy drinker or drug user to give up something they are addicted to. It’s not instantaneous or easy and depending on the level of abuse, could potentially be dangerous to just give up cold turkey.

Then you have those that do want off the street but can’t afford housing. It’s easy to tell them to move to a suburb that may be more affordable, which then usually leaves them facing the hard cold reality of lack of transportation.

And some homeless, for them that is all that they know. If you have ever seen Shawshank Redemption, when Red gets out of prison, he struggles to adapt to life on the outside.

Think about a long term homeless individual, perhaps one that wasn’t ever really good at holding down a job, not drinking or using drugs, the family gig…it would not be easy for them.

So what we are left with is this really ugly circle that just doesn’t stop. We can’t force someone to seek help when they are unwilling to seek it out. We cannot force someone to seek a better life if they are content with the life that they have or if a better life is simply out of reach for various reasons and we cannot force someone to seek shelter if they do not want it.

The fact is, we cannot force them to head to any of the resources offered if they do not want them or if it, in the long run is not truly a long term solution.

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The problem that the city faces is, legally just because the homeless aren’t pretty to look at they can’t really stop them from being homeless.

The fantasy, the expectation and desire in this case are simply not in line with the realities of why the homeless are homeless and the solutions are far from long term.

Cristal M Clark

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