Thank you for the review of Dinner with Marlene at the Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado [May 4]. I have just seen it and I can’t get it out of my mind. This is an amazing production, a unique moment in world history, and I felt a guest at this dinner party. The ensemble cast is impressive and its classical theater training shows in every word, spoken and sung. The story haunts me still, each historical character playing a human role in the drama, history known and unknown, secrets kept and shared.
Kudos to the playwright for telling her father’s story. By giving him a touch of magic, she gave a touch of magic to us all. Don’t miss out on this opportunity before May ends. And young actress Avery Trimm has a great future!
Nancy Drew, Normal Heights
ABUSING THE HOMELESS
I can’t stand when people judge others by their poverty, like it’s some mark of weakness [“Mayor of homelessness: Ward or Bernal?,” May 11]. Only the strongest, most resourceful people can survive on the street.
Does it make you uncomfortable to take shits in public? Well, most homeless people would like to do private things in private, too, but they don’t get that choice. Either give people a place to shit— public dedicated or mobile restrooms—or let them shit on the street. You can’t have it both ways.
I work at Think Dignity’s transitional storage center downtown, and every day I hear stories about homeless people getting harassed, abused and discriminated against everywhere they go. I don’t think anyone who criticizes the homeless has any understanding of who these people are:
-People who were middle and even upper class before the stock market crashed.
-People trying to escape abusive relationships.
-People who got sick and were financially devastated by medical bills.
-People who are too old to work, have no family to take care of them and can’t afford a nursing home.
-People who were kicked out of their homes at an early age when their parents found out they were LGBT.
-People whose only crime is that they feel like they should be free to sleep outside and travel.
-People who voluntarily or involuntarily sacrificed their bodies and minds to the horrors of war for this country, only to be tossed aside when they came home.
And don’t act like alcoholism and drug problems are purely a scourge of the homeless; they’re just the ones who get punished the most for it. Homeless people are the only ones I’ve ever met who actually get ticketed for jaywalking. It’s crooked politicians and their SDPD cronies who are weak for preying on our most vulnerable citizens. Just today at work one of my clients—an incredibly sweet and knowledgeable older gentleman who SDPD pushes from street to park to trolley at all hours of every night just because those are the rules, told me, “When you’re old and poor you have no power. Get educated, get money, don’t be old and poor like me.” Geez, man, I dare some of the unbelievably insensitive commenters to tell their opinions to guys like this face-to-face.
The few possessions that people are allowed to accrue, including important documents, family keepsakes, and tarps to shelter themselves from the rain, are constantly subject to theft and confiscation. The waiting list to get a storage bin at my work is like two months, and no one should even be outside that long to begin with.
Not surprisingly, despite property sweeps by the cops happening more frequently in more areas, the number of people having to live in tents has not decreased. In fact it’s risen drastically in the past few years. Being forced to move from street to street and having to spend your only income on fines for sleeping in a fucking park is the stark opposite of helping people get back on their feet. It’s cutting them off at the knees.
Keely Kiczenski, via sdcitybeat.com
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