As of Sunday, July 21, 2013
The Dalles To the editor:
When will everyone else in The Dalles get as fed up as I am with the homeless, transients and pan handlers that seem to continually multiply in our small town.
Going downtown is almost as bad as going to Portland anymore. If you go to the post office you are sure to see at least one passed out person charging their cell phone for free on one of the many outdoor outlets.
Yesterday, I was yelled at by three people on the bench out front of the post office whom I am positive are constructive members of our community. The guy with the huge cart plugs up the roundabout about once a day. He is a danger to motorists and himself, I would assume.
We have the punk kid with a guitar at the liquor store drinking Starbucks and begging all day. The intersection by Fred Meyers is always occupied by someone stranded, out of work, hungry, has kids to feed, etc. Another good place to dump off your change is by the skate park.
I have noticed that the parking lot by the new Verizon, yogurt, and hair salon is also a good spot to camp. Why can’t we seem to move these people along. They came from somewhere else so why can’t we send them somewhere else.
I can’t imagine it’s hard to pass a law against vagrancy or pan handling. They do in other places.
If we truly want to renew our downtown, we should start with getting rid of the people yelling to themselves or passersby, and the multiple people that you always see downtown doing some form of meth ballet or crazy yoga.