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LETTER: Homeless housing plan - 'Build it and they will come'

April 2, 2018
       I've been following the articles about the vagrant problem in Colorado Springs. To tell you the truth, I laughed out loud when I read the Westside Pioneer article ("Local homeless leaders 'confident' that city's problems won't keep worsening," at this link).
       The article mentioned that Kristy Milligan said we didn't do this 10 years ago. She's right, 10 years ago we didn't invite all these people here to do drugs. We started seeing tents, booze bottles, people with shopping carts full of their belongings, the fires, crime etc. when we legalized pot - the gateway drug.
       I have noticed that whenever there is a special event like the bike race, which would attract out-of-town tourists to our area, that somehow a lot of the vagrants mysteriously disappear. I wonder if that's just a coincidence. Shouldn't the tourists have the pleasure of sidestepping feces, vomit and garbage on our sidewalks? Shouldn't they have the wonderful experience of being hit up for money the minute they exit their vehicles? Or are these experiences only reserved for the local taxpayers?
       I see nothing but trouble with these housing units being built and allowing the vagrant population to receive all these freebies with no strings attached.
       Who gets to pay for all of this? The taxpayers?
       It's like that old movie quote: "Build it and they will come." Face it, the Westside is ruined. Our once quaint, historic neighborhoods are turning into bum-town USA, and the city can't be bothered with those of us who live in these areas. They have made the bums into a protected class.

       Ann DiFiore

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