Charlie Blow has an op-ed in tomorrow’s New York Times with the above title. He writes:
Today’s America — at least as measured by the actions and inactions of the pariahs who roam its halls of power and the people who put them there — is insular, cruel and uncaring.
That seems to describe Madison, WI, pretty well, too.
We’ve learned that in spite of money in the county budget for a permanent day resource center for homeless people, it’s likely that none will exist this year. A little money to existing programs will be enough. Oh, and the Central Library is reopening in September, so homeless people can hang out there in inclement weather. Lovely.
To put it bluntly, all of the people who fall through the cracks: patients discharged from hospitals with nowhere to go; the homeless mother who’s been sleeping in her car with her three children for the last several weeks; the elderly disabled woman who was told to come to Grace when she went to a facility that wasn’t accessible; all of them will have no option this winter other than the library.
For more on the latest concerning the Day Resource Center, here’s what Brenda Konkel has to say.
Yup, I think Charlie Blow has it just about right. Madison, a town without pity.