Turning them out into the cold

Yes, this is another article focusing on the Intoxicated Street People here in Winslow. I just can’t seem to stray from this issue.

At the last City Council meeting, held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, Councilwoman Dee Rodriquez asked the City Administrator if a sign could be posted in the lobby of the Winslow Police Station to keep the intoxicated street people from sleeping there.

I thought to myself, “Holy cow! I can’t believe she just said that. That lobby is part of a public building.” I thought, “Wow, could they do that? If they did, would that be selective to a certain class of people. Could a non-intoxicated homeless person sleep there, but not an intoxicated street person?”

I was happy to learn later that the City’s attorney, Dale Patton, and City Administrator John Roche decided Winslow would not be engaged in such activity.

I don’t personally see an issue if they go in there and hang out. There’s nothing they can do to ruin the small lobby room, which is mostly hard cement.

In my opinion, letting them sleep in the lobby saves the city money and resources. They are not paying to have an ambulance come and take them to the hospital to thaw out and detox, and the Winslow Police Department is not having to babysit them when they find trouble. I strongly feel that certain City employees just want them gone. Maybe they should bite the bullet and just buy them a bus ticket out of town. Or, they could actually step up and work with the Intoxicated Street People Task Force to find a solution that will work.

I personally don’t know a final solution to ridding Winslow’s streets of the intoxicated roamers, but I do know banning them from a public building is wrong.

There are lots of different people who battle with different issues in their lives, like child abuse and drug abuse; but, we as a community aren’t going around talking about how to rid and ban them from the streets of Winslow.

Nobody is perfect and we are all children of a much higher power who should all be treated as equals.


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