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Greed is the real problem

Dear Editor:

Hats off to the effort by Saint Mary’s, to begin doing what they should always have been doing (“The high cost of homelessness,” March 24). Namely, sheltering the destitute. Still, to end homelessness is an absurd goal. Actually you should focus your efforts on ending greed, because homelessness is (and always has been) a symptom of hoarding affluence. It’s as absurd as treating a headache and ignoring the brain tumor causing it. If the poor were allowed to build the tin-roof shacks they can afford, they wouldn’t be homeless, would they? This is the solution in the rest of the world, where everything isn’t about window dressing. Illusion there to make things appear better than the reality ” such as filling the prison disproportionately with the impoverished so they then can be counted as employed while the jobs are sold to China. Like falsely figuring the level of inflation by placing the burden on the backs of wages, so where wages remain flat there appears to be no inflation even when it is actually running in triple digits.

City of Aspen Police Chief Pryor’s statement that, “Unfortunately, there are some in the homeless population that are just not interested in that,” concerning “area case managers ‘invaluable resources'” is more likely that they don’t want to be dissected into a problem to solve. Didn’t you ever look to see how your roles as case managers and the like fragment people into unoccupied problems?

Downvalley we have a winter-night program because a woman froze to death. It’s a good thing people can get out of the cold, however no one ever faces the fact this particular woman chose death rather than being fragmented into a mental patient, or alcoholic, to have housing on the county dole.

The homeless are people. Whole human beings. Not a tax burden, a patient or a problem needing help. Like all people, these things might be parts of the puzzle that is their current role in life, but if you treat them as anything less than whole it’s just Band-Aids, in memory of those who wouldn’t let you chop them up into problems to discount. So it’s easier for the “professionals” to face the fact that your methods are attacking the wrong target.

Eric Olander

New Castle