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Comments of the Week: Ex-Cons and the Lunatic


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The Lunatic Is on the Drums

"Great article--it captures the quirkyness of Lake City and the growing pains this 'urban village' is experiencing. We live with the drunks who pee in our flower beds, drive drunk down our alley, and generally disrupt the neighborhood.... There's little virtue in keeping some of these "legendary" Lake City icons around when they outlive their usefullness. I'm personally waiting for these dive bars fade away. Those who yearn for the 'good 'ol days' can find some other jaunt to go get drunk in and be disruptive somewhere else."

-- Posted by "Jay Smith"

"Mr. Jay Smith, I'm very curious about something. If you're not happy with these so-called dive bars and drunks driving down your alley, why do you live there? You do realize that ANY neighborhood in this city could have these kinds of problems. And why just the dive bars, as you call them? People can get just as drunk in a fine dining establishment. Have you been to these places? I personally find dive bars much more comfortable than these snooty martini bars. And I don't even drink. From the bartender to the patrons, they make you feel at home. Neighborhoods don't want to lpse these places, they cherish them and what they stand for."

-- Posted by "Lisa J."

"Lisa J.-- I live right across the street from RimRock in the Luminaire condos, where I purchased 3 years ago. WHy? Because I couldn't afford to buy in my old neighborhood in Capitol Hill. Perhaps I was naive when I thought living here would be no problem--I embrace the eclectic nature of the neighborhood, but when residents complain of the noise, the urine in their doorways, the butts/bottles in the flower beds, enough is enough.We are good neighbors, but the bar patrons aren't. The bar owners are helpless to do anything but try to stay open and make a profit, while the neighbors suffer. It's too simplistic to just ask "WHY" I moved here. I've been to both bars--both times the few patrons I chatted w/were VERY drunk & I was hit on by a totally drunk/high female. These 'drinkin' man bars' are a far cry from Fiddler's Inn or Wedgewood Alehouse and serve a very limited demographic. No, I don't think we need to become the next Belltown or Ballard, but these places days are numbered if they continue to model themselves after the watering holes of their glory days."

-- Posted by "Jay Smith"

The Patron Saint of Ex-Cons

"The majority of prisoners are incarcerated because of nonviolent crimes that motivated by drug addiction and poverty. When a person exiting prison is dumped on the streets with no money, no place to live, and no way to get employment, it is only a matter of time before that person turns back to the only life he knows. Education is a right for all citizens, and the only effective way to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The Post Prison Education Program gives people positive alternatives to poverty and crime by giving them the resources and education they need to turn their lives around and move on to meaningful work at a living wage. I agree that the legislature should not be targeting education for former prisoners alone. The solution is for our state to prioritize adequate funding for state community colleges so that ALL our state citizens who are living in poverty have a fair chance at getting the education and training they need to make a living wage and support their families and children!"

-- Posted by "Polly Trout"

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