Duluth activists angry over homeless deaths this year, call on City Council to take action

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 25, 2013 - 6:45 PM

DULUTH, Minn. — Community activists in Duluth gathered this week in memory of the 29 homeless people who they say died in the city this year, and called on the City Council to take action.

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mnavariceDec. 25, 13 4:44 PM

She's part of a group demanding that the city become more active in addressing the problem----- i dont disagree with her sentiment but why doesnt Deb suggest some viable solutions rather than just "demanding"

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parker0910Dec. 25, 13 4:52 PM

"they want a city commission to be created that would work to end hunger, homelessness and poverty." That approach has never worked anywhere! Just waste time and money on a feel good measure that has 0% chance of doing anything.

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owatonnabillDec. 25, 13 5:23 PM

Well and good, except that these well-intentioned if misguided community activists are not going to make much of a dent in homelessness by attacking symptoms such as hunger and poverty. At least one third (some estimates have it at one-half and some even well over that) of the homeless population in America suffers from some form of untreated psychiatric illness, and for a lot of the others it is a choice, not a necessity. Since the powers-that-be decided that people have a "right" to be mentally ill, the homeless population has exploded. Change that, and you'll make a dent in homelessness.

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supervon2Dec. 25, 13 6:25 PM

Why can't they live in the activists home? That seems like a logical solution if they really care.

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forpeopleDec. 25, 13 7:10 PM

So now Duluth turns its most vulnerable citizens into the stress to starve and freeze to death. This is a great advertisement that is sure to attract global banksters and capitalists: Duluth--the city that proudly freezes and starves the helpless. That's a great message, Duluth. Keep up your Christian ways in this Christmas season.

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jpcooperDec. 25, 13 7:14 PM

. Duluth City Councilor Sharla Gardner said she'll introduce a resolution next month that would establish a committee working to end homelessness, hunger and poverty.

Sharla you must have not gotten the message! President LB Johnson started the war on poverty 50 years ago.. So far donations and expenditures have totaled $17 Trillion dollars, it did not solve the problems!

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erikj3Dec. 25, 13 7:55 PM

"That approach has never worked anywhere! Just waste time and money on a feel good measure that has 0% chance of doing anything."...Yeah, better just to do nothing, right?

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forpeopleDec. 25, 13 8:53 PM

JPcooper, you haven't learned your lesson yet. Sometimes folks need help -- as you will someday. When you are old and frail, you will want folks to be a lot more empathetic than you are being at the moment. Think fellow. Your callousness is going to haunt you someday.

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celtman1Dec. 25, 1310:13 PM

Nah. jpcooper is right. "It's not my problem, the Great Society (LBJ) Government will take care of everyone's needs". Including what to eat, where to live (paying the majority to live there), what to say & what not to say (P.C. police), what to think and when to exhale. How's that workin' out so far? Yeah, I know...can't really tell yet, it's only been 50 years. Probably need more studies & programs. Well, the good news is that The Government's there for ya on the studies & programs department.

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YellowDog2Dec. 26, 13 1:23 AM

I can not believe that calessness and total lack of sypathy for those less fortunate than ourselves at Christmas. "There but for the grace of God go I," is something these people need to start saying to themselves whenever they see a homeless person, because it's true! Try sleeping in a cardboard box overnight in Dulth before passing judgement on those less fortunate than yourselves! Get a little humanity back in your approach to others.....

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