The Weekly Sedition

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Public Messes Compounding Each Other

Current mood: awake

From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal
BCC: mikewb1971 @ Yahoo!, KCUF Media @ Yahoo!, [lpnm-discuss] @ Yahoo!
Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2009 at 4:09 PM (MST)
Subject: Public Messes Compounding Each Other

Re: Public Defecation A Downtown Issue

While Dan McKay’s article points out a problem, it also illustrates larger issues in society, namely the State’s reach into the private lives of everyone, the desire of significant portions of the population for “something for nothing,” the politicians who pander to that desire using tax dollars, and the lack of common sense where politics is concerned.

  1. Untreated waste from the homeless getting into the Rio Grande? Am I supposed to believe that animals such as deer, skunks, coyotes, birds, etc., make sure to leave their waste at places that have the prior approval of the Environment Department? Of course they don’t.
  2. A portajohn being a “attractive spot for drug activity and prostitution” ? Well, that’s what happens when people who desire these activities can’t find a legal way to have their consensual fun. Guess what — the activity being illegal isn’t going to stop them from wanting to partake, and someone else will find a way to make a quick buck providing it. Sanitation, hygiene and personal safety of those involved (and bystanders, too!) comes in second place here.
    But we already know this from our history books (Prohibition of alcohol, 1919-1933), don’t we?
  3. Establish a police presence? The combined headquarters of APD and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is at 4th and Roma NW — right in the area in question. What more do you need?
  4. Councilor Isaac Benton wants “affordable housing” and “high quality public restrooms.” What he doesn’t say is how he plans to pay for these without either cutting spending from some other program (I offer up the Mayor’s Summer Arts program as an example) and / or raising taxes.

Well, whatever your take on this, this is happening outside the office building where Pete Dinelli, Albuquerque’s “chief public safety officer,” holds court. How good of a job is he doing? There are some that think he’s good enough to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque.

Mike Blessing
Chair, Bernalillo County Libertarian Party
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who wipes your ass?
Who should — you or someone else?

KCUF Media, UnIncorporated
Commentary and Opinion for the Undamaged Mind
NOTE — This letter was published in the Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 3 August 2009. The letters editor snipped off the last sentence, but otherwise printed it intact. Here’s the link — Potty Issue Poses Larger Questions.

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