Quit your bitching'
After reading your Jan. 18 editorial on the need for a winter homeless shelter, a couple thoughts come to mind. Having run a homeless agency for almost 12 years, I have perhaps a different perspective.
First, thank you to the people who worked tirelessly, unnoticed and behind the scenes for what seemed an eternity to accomplish the impossible—a new one-stop shop for homeless people who want off the streets. That's right, not everyone wants off the streets. My experience has been that once you get used to the violence, it becomes just another lifestyle choice. Keyword: "choice." By no means am I saying everyone on the streets chooses to stay there; however, it would blow your mind how many of the chronically homeless wouldn't take a job with a paycheck and responsibilities if you handed it to them, much less expected some effort on their part to participate in the process.
Second, do you really believe the people of San Diego will let a winter go by without some kind of winter shelter? You certainly underestimate the character of the people who live and work here. Every winter we deal with the same issue—no money for the winter shelter. Every year we find money and open the shelter.
Third, you will never end homelessness. Too many people make too many bad decisions with little thought of consequences. Too much mental illness goes undiagnosed with too little resources to begin to address the issue.
You want to help solve the problem instead of bitching about solutions other people dedicate their lives to, many unpaid volunteers not being good enough?
Begin by thanking the people who made this new center happen. The mayor could just as easily quashed the center and the winter shelter, budgets being what they are. At least he and the City Council are willing to do something proactive. Homelessness is not a glamorous cause to support anymore. It took leadership and foresight to bring this project to fruition. It doesn't solve all the problems homeless ness causes, but neither does bitching and whining about how it's never enough.
Finally, why don't you quit your bitching and do something about it? If people are "shivering in the cold with no place to go," why don't you take someone in? I have. Why don't you get involved with the local churches to help out? Ours does. Finally, try saying "Thank you" sometime and see how much further you get.
Laurie Leonard, Pacific Beach
Editor's note: Funding hasn't been an issue during recent years; the vexing issue for the winter shelter has been location.
Regarding Seth Combs' Sept. 1 review of Endoxi's new album: Maybe you guys have a niche in slaughtering people's creative efforts, due to a lack of integrity and objectivity, but maybe sometime you guys should try to be a little less predictable and take another stance.
Clearly, this is all for press—write a bad review and it gets attention. Fuck that. I know many San Diego artists who work so hard to live their passion, and one guy shits on that for a little attention. All of CityBeat has a responsibility to be fair in their criticism.
Did you know it took a year-and-a-half of touring and playing shitty four-hour bar shows, four to six nights a week, to pay for that album? Has Seth Combs ever been that committed to anything?
Our creative efforts are not acknowledged in this review regardless of someone's personal taste. So, on behalf of Endoxi and other San Diego musicians, you can all go fuck yourself. I'm going to get back to parading the streets of San Francisco now—and doing something positive.
Chris Wilson, Endoxi