Feb 6, 201310:04 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dane County human services chief: Homeless winter camp ‘is not safe’
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Lynn Green, the hardworking administrator of Dane County’s Human Services Department, tells your faithful bloggeur that Brenda Konkel’s winter camping at Token Creek County Park is unsafe. She says those “Occupy Madison” campers have made their own misery by refusing to play by the rules. Further, they disproportionately drain existing resources from other needy people.
Sheriff Mahoney, do your duty. When their camping permit expires on Feb. 17, roust them out. I posed these questions to Ms. Green and reprint her answers, received last evening, verbatim:
Q. Are the efforts of Brenda Konkel and the Occupy Madison movement helping the homeless people now encamped at Token Creek County Park? They contend that these folks have no place else to go. True or not?
A. Efforts to help the homeless should focus on providing safe, dry, warm shelter with supports that help secure long-term, permanent housing solutions. In the absence of traditional housing most, if not all, can go to the overnight shelters. The shelters will accept as many people as possible on days when the temperature dips below 20 degrees regardless of whether people have reached their limit on the number of days they can be served. A few people are banned due to extreme behaviors that cannot be handled at the shelters and that can be very disruptive to all others who need shelter. I honestly don’t know if any of the campers are among these few.
Q. How many are out there now?
A. There seems to be a core of campers of about 17. It can vary up to 20 or 30 on any given day.
Q. Are these folks indeed doing job searches?
A. I honestly do not know the answer to this.
Q. Anything else you care to add?
A. The Dane County sheltering system is keeping hundreds of men, women and children safe every night. The Salvation Army, Porchlight, area churches, Children’s Service Society of Southern Wisconsin, DAIS [Domestic Abuse Intervention Services], and all of our partners have gone above and beyond the call to provide a safe environment for those in need. The Dane Center is serving an average of 125 each day and 150 or more on severe winter days. We need to remember the good that is being done for so many and not just focus on a few people who refuse help. By demanding special treatment they are consuming a disproportionate amount of resources.
Camping in Wisconsin is not the answer. It is not safe and it doesn’t help move people into permanent housing solutions.
See my cri du coeur in Tuesday’s blogge, “Please stop ‘helping’ the homeless occupiers.” Why hasn’t the mainstream news media done an exposé of Brenda Konkel’s failed experiment?
And then there was one
Let me understand this: The Madison School District paid a headhunting firm to find a new superintendent and somehow board members are unaware of one of the two finalists’ history?
“Attempts by GOP to extend mining permitting timeline not good enough for Dems,” reports The Capital Times.
Folks, nothing will be good enough for the Democrats except a de facto mining moratorium. Well, at least the Republicans tried to compromise, despite the reporter’s heavy editorialization.
Quote of the day comes from renaissance man Ben Stein: “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires citizens to prove they are insured but not everyone must prove they are a citizen?” (H/T: Cousin Johan)