Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Any one of us

EDITOR: Any one of us is only a paycheck or two away from homelessness. It has happened in my own family; my husband currently lives in the Haven, and has for well over a year. I live on my mother’s couch. Together, we used to have an income of over $100,000. Economic issues and other extenuating circumstances have caused us to live apart.

Whoever you are that are going to make a decision on the continued existence of Hangtown Haven, stop and think about how close you may be to this living arrangement. There are numerous local community groups that want to help, but they can only do so much. Local government always seems to get in the way.

I am appealing to the Placerville City Council to extend the Haven’s temporary use permit. Those of you behind the scenes trying to take down the Haven, ask yourselves what your motives are. If you have the guts, speak in an open forum and explain yourselves. Otherwise, get down on your knees and pray for forgiveness. I hope you get it, but shame on you; you could be the next victim of the same strife that the Haven occupants face every day. God bless them all, but to the rest of you in opposition — God help you.

NANCY COMER
Diamond Springs

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  • JimBoNovember 27, 2013 - 5:08 am

    And why did the Mt. Democrat wait 2 weeks to publish this?

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 27, 2013 - 8:15 am

    JimBo - I am quite sure the Mt. Democrat won't answer your question...they rarely do.

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  • cookie65December 25, 2013 - 6:51 am

    Parents, if you teach your kids nothing e!se, teach them this. It wi!! never matter how much money you make if you don't !earn how to not !ive from paycheck to paycheck. It is more has become more difficu!t than ever for peop!e to do this with our ever expanding, a!! consuming government.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 26, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Cookie: I was just watching an Edward R. Murrow show filmed back in the 1960s. The Republican Officials and Corporate Farmers were complaining about "Government Expansion" if farmers were forced to provide farm-workers TOILETS and WATER while they worked for 10 to 12 hours in the field......and don't forget about the babies crawling on the ground while the mothers worked with SHORT-HOES.. to clear the weeds out....... and the "Me-myself-and-mine" thought process continues....

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  • PollockerDecember 26, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    Right on, Cookie. What normal adult lives from paycheck to paycheck, indefinitely, without saving anything? Anything? Really? Stop drinking beer, buying soft drinks (ever), cigarettes, pot, and going to movies. Shop at 2nd hand shops. Get rid of your cable t.v. (please don't say that's a necessity). Most people don't need cell phones and rarely does anyone need a smart phone. Does a person making $20-30K a year really need to spend 3-5% of his gross wages on a phone? And by gosh, don't have babies if you can't feed them. Having savings when you're low income does take some sacrifice. I speak from the experience of someone who was on her own at 17, worked 40 hours a week and went to college at night. I was your typical low income person. So please stop the generalities. MOST people would not be on the street if they missed 1-2 paychecks! Yes, there are your very poor, no skills/no experience young people who might experience this (and they should be helped temporary - absolutely - if this occurs), but this shouldn't be the case for people age 30 and up if they're making smart decisions.

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  • Jesus SavesDecember 25, 2013 - 9:39 am

    You should have followed "His" example.

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  • BarbaraDecember 25, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Some people have children to feed. Stand in line behind a family buying groceries. They are forced to spend hundreds of dollars a a week to feed their kids, I hear you loud and clear Nancy , there are so many people just like you and your husband. I am ashamed of the City of Placerville leaders and for all the horrible people who put the homeless down. Perhaps we all should give it a shot of living outside. Shame on this community. We need to help these people. This is Christmas for God's sake, won't someone have a heart?

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  • PollockerDecember 26, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Who spends hundreds a week on groceries? People with ten children? It costs an average of $150/week to feed a family of four.

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  • cookie65December 26, 2013 - 7:51 am

    While the disastrous effects of obama's adolescent understanding of economics are being felt by millions of Americans from coast to coast, he is issuing executive orders giving those who vote for a living a pay raise. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-issues-executive-order-giving-1-percent-raise-to-federal-workers/2013/12/23/9c52531e-6c21-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html

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  • Foaming at the MouthDecember 26, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    A 1% increase, the first since 2010. What a tyrant!

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  • Dink LaneDecember 26, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    According to the Social Work Degree Guide: California is #1 in the nations homeless (20.7%)..... approx 13,000 Veterans alone..... California also ranks #2 in LACK of shelters for the homeless.... 64.9% of the homeless have NO shelter.... (WY has 73.8% with no shelter)..... Universal Decleration of Human Rights (1946) "Everyone has a right to an adequate standard of living...including the right to housing." ....... How did we become the very people that Christ warned us about when he gave his sermon on the mountain? .......

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  • PollockerDecember 26, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Dink, you managed to leave off some relevant points there. Good try, buddy. **** This is from the UN.org website: " (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. " ***** Now -- notice the last statement - in circumstances beyond his control. How many people who are unemployed, homeless, or whatever ended up there and stayed there due to circumstances beyond their control? I am all for very-temporary help for anyone who has something happen to him/her beyond his control - such as the main bread earner being laid off due to the economy (and not fired due to being an idiot). Those people need temporary help. But providing people housing, food, medical care, cell phones, transportation, and free college tuition forever just because people make stupid decisions (especially those that make a life time of it)? Hell no. Providing indefinite housing to drunks? No way. The people who lived near the Haven said the situation was awful. Who wants people squatting in their yards? (If you do, go ahead and pick up a few street people and give them a bedroom in your home.)

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  • Dink LaneDecember 26, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Placerville out does Columbia, SC..... They moved their Homeless shelter totally out of town..... (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/26/us/south-carolina-city-takes-steps-to-evict-homeless-from-downtown.html?_r=1&)......... Placerville....got rid of it all together..... CA Homeless man froze to death -- Dec. 7th...... but at least the Placerville neighbors and BoS weren't bothered....

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  • .......dink smirkedDecember 26, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    as he/she finished his/her wine. "We sure told them!" he/she muttered basking in the glow of self righteous satifaction.

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  • placerville residentDecember 26, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Thank you pollocker, for your well written honest comment.

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