LETTER – It’s time for social supports to start showing results

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Re: Editorial – Voters’ society survey on street crime won’t solve anything but…

Dear Mr. Rothenburger,

You are correct in your opinion that the survey will do little to nothing about the homeless issue – on par with the police, elected officials, the courts, social services and BC Housing.

Countless sums of money have been thrown at homelessness haphazardly, with little to no visible progress – a result that is not so surprising when you admit that for the majority of street people, these services allow them to maintain their lifestyle in perpetuity.

Social justice warriors will say that the honeypot effect does not exist. Your eyes will plainly contradict that notion, even in the face of cherry-picked statistics from BC Housing.

If you build it, indeed they will come, and come in droves they have to the T̶o̶u̶r̶n̶a̶m̶e̶n̶t̶  Homelessness Capital of BC.

Certainly there are individuals on the streets due to abuse, neglect and factors largely out of their control. We should feel empathy for them and make services available.

But when a majority of individuals, regardless of the circumstance that
led them to the street, cannot, or will not do the hard work that it takes to change their lot (provided they have no real issues of mental health that would preclude them from any chance of success), these people simply do not deserve to be entertained by the community at large.

Nowhere does it say that services must be in the middle of our communities and neighbourhoods. Normalizing street life, open drug use, open defecation and all manner of ills is not the way forward. Let us not forget that the choice to use alcohol and drugs is always a personal

The mecca of liberal politics has finally admitted defeat in the face ofreality, with the Mayor of San Francisco calling a state of emergency, and directing the police to finally crack down on open crime and drug use, and to bring back control of portions of the city to the rightful owners – contributing members of that city.

The victims in Kamloops are more and more looking like the closed businesses, or those that suffer repeated crime and vandalism, assaults and home invasions. Extend that further, and you will find a stressed taxpayer, paying for things that show no progress.

What are the odds that a homeless camp will start a fire that will destroy a neighbourhood during fire season?

Kamloops has no hope of besting the efforts of San Francisco. There are no grand ideas hidden here, no new approaches missed by the leaders of other cities. There is nothing in the brain of David Eby that will return our community to its previous state. No hard work that will “end homelessness for good.”

Here is a solution as good as any other: It is time for the police to do their job, it is time for the courts to stop the revolving door that puts these losers back into our community to terrorize us, and it is time for social supports to show results, or lose the right to operate in our city.

It is time to show hostility to the elements that degrade our community with crime and malaise. Every dollar spent on supports, is a dollar that can be spent on enforcement. We have seen the results of supports. Perhaps it’s time to see the results of enforcement.


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3 Comments on LETTER – It’s time for social supports to start showing results

  1. Jennie Stadnichuk // May 28, 2022 at 1:04 PM // Reply

    Does Kamloops have vagrancy laws? Loitering or causing a disturbance? Surely this approach could clean up what I saw downtown yesterday. The good weather brings more of this behaviour on to downtown streets. Yes, I who is a social worker now realize Kamloops is over populated with vagrants/druggies/ drunks etc. and we need to take back our streets. The RCMP needs to open their cells to welcome these folks and keep them there as long as possible: sober up etc. Yes I realize getting clean and sober is a personal choice, but now it is time for the police to understand Kamloops citizens want to take back their streets!

  2. John Noakes // May 27, 2022 at 8:03 PM // Reply

    Is Westmount Park going to be lost to Moira House?

  3. It took years for the present paradigm to build up to such unprecedented levels. It will take years and plenty of money to address it unless the most radical solutions are implemented. But then if we want to build a more benign society we can’t op for radical solutions.

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