SONG OF TRUMP
Just wanted to send you a note to let you know that your article “Trump has finally jumped the shark” [June 8] resonated with me. I especially liked and got a laugh out of the line: “Brains that run on logic are exploding all over the country.” How people can support someone who is so obviously unstable (a nice way to say it) is unconscionable to me. I wrote and performed a music parody about Trump that features Greg Douglass, formerly of the Steve Miller Band and author of Jungle Love, on lead and solo guitar. Hope you like and share it: youtu.be/jM479P1LI7U.
Cathy Hammond, La Jolla
TO BE RACIST
It’s always interesting to me that anyone who has experienced discrimination their entire life is so quick to call someone a racist when they feel they might be discriminated against because of who they are [“Trump has finally jumped the shark,” June 8]. I’m sure there are plenty of times Mr. Trump has felt people are biased against him for who he is. That being said, I don’t believe what he said about the judge was a very intelligent thing to say, but if he feels the judge is biased then that is what he feels.
Scott Watkins, via sdcitybeat.com
HOW SLOW IS SLOWLY?
I enjoyed the June 8 issue, with “Trump has finally jumped the shark” saying things that badly needed to be said, and the letter from Daniel Beeman, “Homeless Dialogue,” praising the previous letter by Keely Kiczenski.
Regarding Michael McConnell’s editorial, though, “Veteran homelessness can be conquered...slowly,” it looks like things I read 30 or 40 years ago, so how slow is “slowly?” My idea of giving housing benefits to veterans, using military housing (including on-base) would make more sense. And, his notion of having a homeless database would first require laws protecting the homeless from being denied future employment or housing because of past homelessness.
Even then, how do they/ we prove discrimination? Most homeless are on one or more “blackball” list, which is why they are homeless, and sharing data will lead to more of the same. I learned in college in 1976 that finally homelessness had been conquered, and there would be no more in a year or two. I was told the same thing as a homeless advocate 10 years later, in 1986.
There is a big hurry to get sidewalk homeless housed, because that situation causes both mental illness and substance abuse, and once that happens, it looks like these people will need housing, psychiatric treatment and substance abuse abatement for the rest of their lives as a result. Not one piece of what is being done is actually new, just being proposed to folks that are too young to remember the last time that plan did not work. Remember when 25 Cities was called 1000 Points of Light? Fifty years of failure does not need repeating at this time.
Dr. John Kitchin, Publisher San Diego Homeless News
TIERS OF HOMELESS
This is my second letter regarding the problem of the homeless [“A deadline issue for homeless vets,” May 18]. The problem may be more intractable and complex than is generally realized. There may be a point/counterpoint concatenation which ends up in a long series of editorials, articles and letters to the editor on the same issue.
Simple logic. If the focus is on veterans who are homeless, then all others living on the streets are in some kind of sub-classification, or lower tier of those lacking shelter. There are other divisions possible. Families scraping by on roads, or in parks. Single individuals with no homes. Those with, or without, mental problems. Those who are long-term survivors without a home. Or others due to some catastrophic reason—a medical problem with no health insurance, suddenly being out of work, or benefits, or having debts and losing a home to foreclosure. Or having been released from jail recently, and unable to find a job.
All veterans have done a service to the country. It is certain that none should even spend a single night outdoors. I did it once long ago in Balboa Park. The experience is one which I never care to repeat, nor would I wish on anyone, anywhere, for any reason, to suffer that indignity and existential threat over the long term. The priority to me is to find shelter for as many as possible, as fast as possible. Personally I don’t see a need to require distinctions between different types of the homeless. View it from a utilitarian standpoint. The greatest number of shelters, or homes, for the largest number of people, in a cost effective manner, as rapidly as feasible in all cities of various sizes.
Deuel Woodward, Chula Vista