Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
The most intelligent thing I ever read in the Jewyork Times.
08-22-2009, 07:32 AM,
#1
The most intelligent thing I ever read in the Jewyork Times.
Quote:Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?

<snip>

As a Las Vegas statute puts it, “An indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.

That could be me before the blow-drying and eyeliner, and it’s definitely Al Szekely at any time of day. A grizzled 62-year-old, he inhabits a wheelchair and is often found on G Street in Washington — the city that is ultimately responsible for the bullet he took in the spine in Fu Bai, Vietnam, in 1972. He had been enjoying the luxury of an indoor bed until last December, when the police swept through the shelter in the middle of the night looking for men with outstanding warrants.

It turned out that Mr. Szekely, who is an ordained minister and does not drink, do drugs or curse in front of ladies, did indeed have a warrant — for not appearing in court to face a charge of “criminal trespassing” (for sleeping on a sidewalk in a Washington suburb). So he was dragged out of the shelter and put in jail. “Can you imagine?” asked Eric Sheptock, the homeless advocate (himself a shelter resident) who introduced me to Mr. Szekely. “They arrested a homeless man in a shelter for being homeless.”

much more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/opinion/...=2&emc=eta1

The NYT can be out to lunch at times, but at least this time they got it right.
Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  What are you currently listening to? [Warning: Load Times] xAMKx 263 45,819 08-07-2014, 10:15 PM
Last Post: Easy Skanking
  Surprise! [Warning: Load Times] --- 456 106,788 04-23-2014, 07:03 AM
Last Post: April
  What is the absolutely most erotic (hottest, drive you crazy) thing that you can imag Sorang 5 1,373 06-23-2011, 08:48 AM
Last Post: Bluegrazz
  The ultimate underground shelter solution for surviving these uncertain times. Weyland 2 988 06-05-2010, 05:09 PM
Last Post: Deathaniel
  Elton John: 'Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man LOL Weyland 1 593 02-20-2010, 06:50 PM
Last Post: ---
  want to read something really creepy? its not off-topic, but it didn't fit elsewhere h3rm35 5 885 01-20-2010, 06:08 AM
Last Post: FastTadpole
  How to deal with an intelligent conspiracy theorist friend? Apocalypso Now! 2 982 01-03-2010, 11:49 PM
Last Post: h3rm35
  Read news fast with Google Fast Flip joeblow 0 444 12-03-2009, 12:55 AM
Last Post: joeblow
  Format des Players ändern Dieses Video in einem neuen Fenster ansehen A.I. Evolving 10 million times faster than human B --- 0 566 10-12-2009, 02:25 AM
Last Post: ---
  Must read-Revealed: How a public schoolboy was turned into a Muslim terrorist by online hate preachers mastermg 0 396 07-19-2009, 07:28 AM
Last Post: mastermg

Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)