Government Control and Military Surplus

On Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of a bill passed by the Obama Administration to regulate the transfer of some specific types of military surplus to local law enforcement agencies, schools, parks etc.

The original program was established by the Clinton administration to allow local law enforcement and government agencies to obtain several articles of surplus equipment from the federal government.

The list of items include a variety of things from clothing, safety gear, aircraft, land vehicles, tactical gear even military weaponry.  There is even musical instruments and big screen televisions.

It makes sense that the local agencies that qualify for the surplus transfer can find value in obtaining things like clothing, aircraft, construction equipment, communication equipment etc.  Equipment such as tractors, snow cats and benign vehicles of all types can enhance a departments resources, especially the smaller departments that just don’t have the financial resources to afford some of these items on their own.  As an example, major beneficiaries of acquiring such gear could enhance their search and rescue efforts.

The controversy as it stands now is the part of the transfers that include military weaponry, high powered military rifles, hand guns, armored assault vehicles, grenade launchers and even bayonets are the main concern. These were items that were to be reviewed and restricted by the Obama administration.  Many law enforcement agencies around the country are returning many of these items because the philosophies and principles of these departments do not include the use of purpose built military weapons and military tactical equipment.  The idea is that most, including law enforcement groups in places like Chicago, LA and Seattle are not interested in establishing a military presence within their communities.

Earlier this week the Trump administration lifted all of the restrictions imposed by Obama because according to Attorney General Sessions, this type of equipment can improve security, safety and combat the rampant lawlessness in our country.

Sarcastically, I have a conspiracy theory that puts all of these components including unrealistic immigration restrictions, foreign policy and border security together to create an autocratic and military society.  Manipulating and eliminating the free press is a perfect way to get the message out to the citizens that these policies would protect.

Although this theory has not been independently evaluated,  I am sure that most people will see the logic.

By building the wall we will divert drug trafficking from land to the open ocean.  Since the government is cutting funding to the Coast Guard, the new plan is really to apprehend  these bad hombres after they successfully navigate the waters off our sovereign shores without detection and land on American Soil.

By allowing local law enforcement  to arm themselves to the hilt, we can establish check points at all city, county and State lines.  There, we can capture anyone who appears to meet an arbitrary nefarious profile.  The best part is that we could stop, search, check for citizenship, confirm the identity, religious allegiance and social media activity of everyone including law abiding citizens and their passengers who are just passing through.

These check points will be manned by heavily armed officers dressed in military uniforms adorned with appropriate technology.  These tactics will ensure that undocumented border jumpers, drug traffickers and minorities (only the bad ones) would be caught and taken down.  Should you try to escape the check points you will be brought to justice by a very large caliber bullet, a grenade or be run down by an armed assault vehicle.

The benefit to our country is that these tactics will reinforce the President’s promise that he will not tolerate any “lawlessness” in our country.

Although these practices will require minor changes to our constitution, it makes perfect sense.  In order to ensure these methods work, our country will need to make a seamless transition to a government run by the government for the government which will require the dismantling of our pesky congress. We will need to expand the president’s role to include a governance more reflective of a dictatorship rather than a democracy.  Putin and Russia can be the perfect model to build from.

Problem solved, we will all be thrilled that our government will take these steps to make our country great again.

Ok, I made all of this up.  Actually, I am truly concerned that some parts of these ridiculous concepts could really happen and even be supported by some Americans.

We do not live in a disastrous and lawless society riddled with economic and monumental security shortcomings brought on by previous leadership.  America is already great.  Maybe we need to rethink who we allow to represent us.



RAISE Legislation and Reality

Today, senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue gave a press conference joined by President Trump to announce their legal immigration legislation called the RAISE act which would reform the process and requirements for foreign workers to live and work in the US.  The reduction in immigration opportunities may not be so good for the country.

The bill will require certain qualifications such as  demonstrating needed skills that ensure the ability to support themselves and their families while being precluded from being able to receive welfare benefits.  These are just a couple of many provisions.

It seems that the concept is designed to prevent skilled or less skilled immigrants from coming to the US. and taking jobs that should otherwise be filled with American workers.  We can’t forget that we are talking about immigrants from all over the world,  not just from places like Mexico.

It appears to me that the intention of the bill has some merit, however, I also believe that there some inherent disadvantages to the US. given that the bill that would narrow the ability of foreigners to immigrate to the US, obtain employment, support their families, integrate into our diverse cultures and generally fill the need for more workers.

The notion that foreigners who are allowed to migrate to the United States take the jobs that belong to displaced American workers may be somewhat misrepresented.  This school of thought has been around for generations.  The truth is that the United States has a monumental shortage of workers to fill skilled and less skilled living wage jobs.  That is just a fact.

We already have some of the strictest prequalification rules in the world for becoming a citizen.  From sponsorship to swearing in, candidates need to show that they are worthy by living up to similar qualifications included in the RAISE bill.  In some, if not all cases, citizenship candidates are required to demonstrate a knowledge and acceptance of American ideals and cultures.  Just as importantly, they are required to have a comprehensive knowledge of our constitution.  Interestingly, only 35% of Americans have any meaningful knowledge of our constitution.

I am of the belief it is important that we look at a larger picture with regard to the debate and arguments that focus on employment in America.  Regardless of partisan beliefs, there are so many variables that make up our workforce or lack of, that we need address these current issues before we consider sweeping changes that will effect American jobs and foreign integration.

President Trump can still fulfil his campaign promises with regard to immigration.  He needs to study and learn to navigate the complex factors that make up our immigration successes and failures.  If he can knock one issue at a time off the list, we could end up with a comprehensive plan that addresses all of the issues related to immigration including topics such as border and national security, refugees, important skilled worker access etc.

The worst thing that America could do is dismiss issues that are just as important as those that we see on the news every day.  We have a lot of very serious problems domestically that will continue to need serious attention and resources.

Us vs. Them on Healthcare

As most of you know, the latest effort of the Republican to repeal and replace Obama Care failed.

It is worthwhile pointing out the undeniable fact that the two parties are acting like they are soccer teams playing for a victory.  Majority leader Mitch McConnel gave a speech after the vote expressing his disappointment in those who didn’t vote for the bill.  He said that the Republican party worked very hard to create a bill and get it passed in the Senate.

Following his speech, Chuck Schumer gave a smug speech expressing the Democrats relief that the bill failed and expressed the desire of the Democratic Senate to work together with the GOP to come up with a plan that works for everyone.  He said that the democrats always wanted bipartisan involvement.   We can’t forget that when the democrats owned the congress, they treated the division between the two parties the same as the republicans are now.  The one good thing he said was that Patty Murray of Washington State would be an effective orchestrator on the democratic side.

The truth is that a majority of Americans couldn’t care less about the childish us vs. them approach in both houses.

I would say that it is more accurate that the American people just want a plan that improves the ACA or any other effective plan.  Americans need a federal health plan that addresses Insurance rates, deductibles; prescription costs; coverage for existing conditions and some who want to ensure that those who can’t afford insurance will be covered through Medicaid and continue coverage through Medicare.

The government can’t afford an effective plan by reducing taxes for the wealthy and removing the mandate for coverage for those who would fall into a low risk group.

There is a lot of debate regarding the low risk group.  Besides allowing insurance companies to make money by reducing the overall cost of claims,  the logic is that anyone no matter how healthy is just a Dir.’s appointment away from a serious illness.

I do believe that we need strong welfare reform.  My sense is that there is so much fraud that it is costing the government a fortune to pay for this group who are enrolled in welfare and Medicaid.  I think the most common cases of fraud are when one of the people in a household are not reporting to the state when there is another person in the household who is working and making money on top of what the welfare benefits are.  If you want to see what I am talking about, just walk in to a local DSHS office and do some people watching or observe how people are paying in the grocery line.

I do think that those who need the help should receive it.  If the government were to cut back on Medicaid and Medicare, we would have a national crisis where people who can’t afford healthcare on their own, are denied important healthcare services.

Another point is that people without coverage will depend on Emergency rooms to receive health care.  Emergency rooms are designed to stabilize a persons condition, not to provide full medical care.  Since emergency rooms can’t turn away anyone seeking help and are aware that most patients will not be able to pay their bills, it is very important to hospitals that this group has coverage.

Oh, how did the Republican Senate work real hard when most of the members who voted yes didn’t know the details and didn’t want the bill to become law.  Most only voted for it to force it back to the house for debate and discussion.

I really hope that both democrats and GOP lawmakers come up with an equitable plan.

Who Says it’s So

Print       When I was much younger and full of opinions and factual commentary(in fact you couldn’t shut me up), my parents bestowed on me a bit of wisdom. “Just because you say it is so doesn’t make it so”. I don’t think the president had the same conversation with parents.

We all believe that when we say something, it is fact or we wouldn’t say it. (unless we are purposely lying.

Who says that Jack fell off the bean stock 3 times before making it to the top?   Who says it is so that a majority of Americans believe that the President is going to live up to his campaign promises?   Who says that is even possible or a good thing?   Who says the coal industry is the single biggest jobs issue in our country?   Who says that Mike Pence would make a good President?   Who says that Jennifer Granholm,former Governor of Michigan wouldn’t be a good President?   Who says that congressional leaders including Senate Minority Leader Schumer, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, House Speaker Ryan and House Minority Leader Pelosi are representing their parties in the best interest of America?   Who says that there aren’t Congressmen and women who would be more effective or qualified?   Who says that alternative facts are even close to real facts?  Who says it is not the responsibility of the President to plug the leaks within the ranks of government?   Who says that the President even knows the Constitution?  Who says that congress even knows the specific details of the ACA and AHCA?  Who says that the division within the two parties in congress,who spend most of their time criticizing each other rather than endeavoring to compromise is good for the people?  Who says that the wholesale repeal of every regulation imposed by President Obama is good for anyone? Who says that Congress and Americans even know what is being repealed and what their effects are on everyday life?  Who says it’s so that it is common and sometimes good for administrations to set up back channel communications, especially with our adversaries?  Who says that media propagates fake news?  Who says that the media’s Whitehouse sources don’t include the Whitehouse gardener and service staff?  Who says that Steve Bannon isn’t actively trying to dismantle our democracy?  Who says that President Trump isn’t Bannon’s personal mouth piece?  Who says their is such a thing as the swamp on capital hill?  Who says that the president’s past shenanigans will not effect his ability to staff the Whitehouse with quality cabinet and professional level people? Who says that insurance companies like Humana should be able to pull out of some markets yet continue to reap the benefit of covering government programs such as Medicare?  Who says that the president even knows what a market economy is?  Who says there is such a thing as a “grey” area?  Who says that reducing taxes for the wealthy would result in more tax revenue?  Who says that the federal,state and local municipalities are providing the tools for the development of the middle class using the principles of Free Enterprise?   Who says that cutting important funding and eliminating regulations would benefit anyone other than the effected businesses?  Who says that Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio represent the views of the rest of the country?  Who says that gangs and gang violence shouldn’t be a higher priority?  Who says that Climate change is not real?  Who says that reducing the budget of the Coast Guard will improve their ability to enforce the boarder and catch drug runners?  Who says that Americans that make up the Trump “base” are the most important segment of our society?  Who says that lying to and misleading the public will benefit anyone?  Who says that green energy will replace shale energy in the not too distant future?  Who says that the current curriculum in America’s public schools is the best prescription to educate our young people?  Who says that there is a difference between Right Twix and Left Twix?  Who says that many billionaires aren’t the most significant philanthropists in the world?  Who says that being condescending to our allies will allow us to maintain credibility and respect as world leaders and stewards?  Who says that the average shareholder would be ok with a decline in the value of their stock investments in order to reform wall street? Who says that President Trump has a clue of what the specific benefits and restrictions are for the lawmaker’s bills he supports?  Who says that cutting the budget for National Parks and allowing for oil companies to prospect and drill isn’t the most disgusting financial position the President can take?  Who says that trying to force South Carolina to clean up and pay for the hazardous mess at his son’s failed business demonstrates the President’s passion for the environment and jobs? Who says that the President’s jobs agenda is going to help put all Americans back to work?  Who says that the United States isn’t the most powerful country in the world?  Who says that the 12% of Americans (according to the 2010 consensus) that are Hispanic are illegal or bad hombres’?  Who says that the National Enquirer deserves more credit? Who says that cable news isn’t into using “breaking news” too much and leaving viewers to roll their eyes? Who says that the 110 billion dollars in weapon purchases by the Saudi’s is real and that we should sell them sensitive American technology in the first place?  Who says that the quality of life for most Americans’fds is desperate?

I could go on for days…The message is that we need to stop and ponder what the real facts and effects are for all the things that we believe, contemplate, express and feel strongly about.


Thoughts on Addiction, Mental Health and Homelessness

Gangs and drug importation are among the biggest issues facing this country and the world.  The truth is that they have been a huge issue for this country since the mid-1700s.

Today, the issues of mental health, addiction and homelessness are the popular topics in any civic conversation.

I have put together some of my thoughts on these topics.  Because there is a lot of competent and expert information available to all of us, it may be worth doing a little research on your own.  I must disclose that I have a very limited knowledge of the causes and effects of illegal and prescription drug abuse.  I will only assume that drug and alcohol abuse share similar relationships.

First off, I am now in my late 50s which can account for some of my logic related to all of these subjects.  Being brought up through the sixties and seventies, I have seen firsthand some of the problems as well as the effects they have had on our country and communities. Throughout the years there have been differing discussions on certain specific issues, however all mental, addiction and homeless cultures share the same causes and effects regardless of what is happening in the world

Alcoholism is a disease that in some form or another effects 30% of our population.  The fact is its use is legal and openly and socially acceptable.  Although an older statistic (2013), it is reported that 570,000 people die each year from alcohol and drug use.  Deaths by alcohol account for the most.

Addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs does not largely effect any specific group of people whether it be ethnicity, stature and financial standing.  A big exception would be the pervasive crisis of addiction among Native Americans. There are some that would argue that minorities particularly African Americans are far more susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse. Statistically, that is true for some very specific groups.  One thought is that with more and more Americans evading daily “oppression” and disadvantage, the number is slowly changing for the better.

When alcohol use turns into alcohol dependency and addiction, the user becomes unable to navigate life in a healthy manner.  Although some may think that they are functional, all alcoholics experience a difference in their ability to function without drinking.  Their ability to make decisions that are reflective of their principles change, their physical condition changes, their relationships change.  An alcoholic focuses a significant amount of time and energy every day to plan for their next drink. As a result it becomes natural and important that they make alcohol a part of their day. Because any addiction is expensive, their financial priorities change to accommodate the lifestyle.  Additionally for most, being addicted to one thing means that you are probably addicted to another.  The one thing that alcoholics believe is that people around them don’t see them as being a different person when they are under the influence.  Families and relationships become jeopardized because of the inherent selfishness and inability to be responsible for their actions.  For a while, people in an alcoholic’s world become adapted to their behavior, yet sooner or later that changes.  Some insist that because of the effects, they are likely to be more loving, caring, intelligent, nimble and successful.  It is true that some alcoholics can function during a portion of their day. For many that means that they can make decisions and act independent of the portion of their daily life when they are drinking.  In some cases, they can function during work, yet will be at the nearest liquor store within minutes after the work day is over.

Alcoholics believe that they can drive under the influence.  The common logic is the same as most sober people.  The cause of accidents is because of those who have no business driving are driving.  We all know the facts relative the diminished driving functions of someone who drinks.  The horrifying truth is that a drunk driver would never want to hurt anyone for any reason.  Unfortunately the result of their actions and tempered thinking sooner or later will probably cause a terrifying change to the lives of responsible, safety minded people who would never consider putting others in harm’s way.  Because of this, the consequences should be and are sever.  In our society, you will not find anyone who believes that a drunk driver is anything short of being in possession of a deadly weapon with no control over whether the use it to harm or kill someone else.  If you are an alcoholic that has escaped life without the consequences of your actions, the potential victims are the ones who are to be considered lucky and spared, not that you poses some special talents that separate you from everyone else.

Alcoholics believe that they are fit enough to escape the physical perils of drinking. Early on, they all are under the belief that they can control or stop their drinking any time they want. The actuality of that happening with any long term success is virtually impossible. Alcoholism can be inherited by those within an alcoholic’s family.  That is not to say that just because your uncle is a drunk, you are destined to be as well.  Alcoholism is progressive.  What that means is that an alcoholic may start out innocently enough being one that does not have any warning signs or indications of what is to come.  Understanding of the pathway that establishes at what point the addiction takes over is still open to discussion.  There are also some that would be considered heavy drinkers or even bingers who physiologically are not predisposed to the disease.  If you are keen at recognizing an alcoholic, you can’t tell the difference except surprisingly many of these people moderate or discontinue their use whenever they want.  Basically, not all drinkers are alcoholics, but all alcoholics are or were drinkers.

There are mixed thoughts on treatment and its effectiveness.  Most treatment programs that are available to those with alcohol or drug addiction issues are usually found at corporate health facilities that are part of a larger hospital system and are funded in part by the government as well as qualifying private insurance.  Judges are trying in earnest to force changes to individuals who let themselves become liabilities within their communities.  Unfortunately, Judges and other authorities can only prescribe the treatment programs that they are sanctioned to use.  The success rate is so bad that judges and other groups within the corrections community become frustrated that the desired outcome of their direction and intentions cannot be achieved.  The long term result is not usually good for children and families. For those of us outside of the government controlled systems, we would think that we would have an advantage to receive a better quality of treatment.  There are some treatment methods including medical intervention that can give more relief than traditional counseling based treatment plans, however the long term success rates aren’t much better for this treatment that many don’t have access to.

Most people who are faced with and committed to changing their lives and want to live free from the control they have given to their addiction. Take treatment very seriously.

I believe that for anyone faced with treatment for the first time, they have some very simple yet naive expectations.  They believe that being cured for alcoholism is similar to having your car repaired.  We drop our car off at the service department in the morning with the expectation that when you pick it up at the end of the day it will be fixed.  With alcohol and drug treatment, the actual treatment period is very long even after the initial treatment.  As an alcoholic or drug addict you must engage in life changing activities that will give you the best chance to succeed.  Anything short of that and you will have wasted someone’s time in trying to help you.  At the end of the day you need to get to the point where you can honestly tell yourself you can see yourself not ever having a drink again.  If you can’t get to that honest milestone, you will fail.  The statistics for relapse are very surprising and unbelievable to some.  As it stands, the failure and relapse rate for those who have received treatment is approximately  80%.  That means that if you have your future and your family’s future riding on your ability to fulfil your commitments, you need to do exactly what it requires to succeed.  Don’t make the mistake of listening to the false sense of victory that will run in your head.  Also, alcohol, being progressive means that if you relapse, you will be picking up where you left of or even worse.  The idea that taking a break will allow your body and your mind to step back to a more manageable time is dangerous.   The relapse is usually when the physical and mental effects turn into the most destructive.  The chemical effects in your brain become serious and usually don’t leave you as lucid as you once were.  Physically, your body no longer is able to fight off the permanent effects that your addiction had been quietly causing.  This is usually when you rarely have the option to effect any positive change.

The physical effects of long term drinking are serious and can eventually cause death.  Doctors will tell you that you need your liver to live.  Other systems including your brain are also necessary for life.  Alcohol destroys many organs and causes serious cognitive function problems within your brain.  The most commonly known organ failure is the irreversible destruction alcohol causes to your liver.  The levels of deterioration in liver function are medically described in stages. Stage one is when your liver excretes an enzyme that indicates the presence of fatty liver disease which will tip doctors off to the existence of liver disease.  Stage two is when the damage causes alcoholic hepatitis of the liver including the liver losing its supple mass of tissue and affects the ability of the liver to properly filter your blood. Stage 3 (the most common) is cirrhosis of the liver.  In this stage, the effects of the liver trying to process the toxins causes a permanent degradation and scarring on and within the liver. Stage three liver disease cannot be reversed, however, abstinence and treatment can allow the liver to continue functioning.  The scarring will obstruct the flow of blood through the liver which in turn starts the process of total liver failure.  Some of the more serious symptoms are when fluids that normally process through your liver become diverted into your abdomen.  Bacteria and interference with other organs can be very dangerous, even fatal.  Another condition would be varices. The cause of varices is a result of blood that tries to filter through the liver and becomes obstructed by a scar.  Instead of just stopping, the blood diverts to a nearby vessel which becomes swollen and filled with too much blood.  In this case, should the vessel rupture do to the pressure, very quick, severe and fatal bleeding can happen.  Stage 4 is when the liver basically fails.  In this case there are no more treatment options.  As a result, a liver transplant would be the only option for survival.  What may not be known is that an active drinker or user will not be placed with any priority on any transplant candidate list, therefore giving the chances of receiving a lifesaving liver donation very small and unrealistic.  I think the logic is that if a surgeon was to transplant a fairly healthy organ into someone who has destroyed their liver, the chances of the healthy donated liver failing are so high that the conditions of the majority of sober candidates would be considered a priority.

It has been my observation that the life of a drug user is very similar and can cause the body and mind to deteriorate quickly.  Social issues related to illegal drug use demonstrate the destruction drug addiction can cause to the individual, their families and their community.  I don’t profess to know the impact of so called “gateway” drugs except observations of the discussions related to the process that causes legal drug users to take up the use of illegal drugs because of the affordability disparity.  I do know that from the 60s until today,  the drugs that are most popular have changed or have returned to popularity today.   Heroin, cocaine, lsd and amphetamines where the most common in the 70s.  One drug anyone younger than 40 doesn’t probably know is that in the 60s there was a practice of  reckless prescribing and abuse of Valium, a narcotic that causes a calming sedative quality.  This drug and addiction was usually thought of as a housewive’s drug of choice being no more dangerous than alcohol.  Cheaper drugs such as heroine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and others have been most common among users today.  Compared to alcohol abuse, the causes and effects are very similar.  More prevalent to drug addicts is the theft and deception required to continually get the money to obtain drugs which causes a direct and grave impact to the communities they live in.

I do believe that marijuana use has been unfairly placed in the same package as other drugs.  Although I personally believe that an addiction is an addiction whether we’re talking about weed or not.  I also believe that marijuana use does not necessarily cause the same serious conditions and consequences that other drugs, including alcohol do.

Mental health is a subject that is popular in the discussion of substance abuse and homelessness.  It is so important to remember that when a condition elevates to the point that requires professional attention, you cannot look at these conditions and believe that the individual has the control to pick themselves up and return to normal.  Mental conditions usually relate to a system or systems in the brain that stops functioning correctly.  Since the brain is really just one big mixture of chemicals and electrical impulses, the symptoms and treatment can provide relief for short or even a long term.  Symptoms vary greatly,  the causes vary greatly, the treatments vary greatly.  Some conditions present very dangerous symptoms.  For instance those who suffer from PTSD and major depression are subject to suicide rates of up to 20%.  For others, cognitive (memory, logic and intelect  functions), physical and mental conditions can become very serious, especially without treatment.

There is a very real direct or indirect connection between mental health conditions and homelessness.  It seems to me that most homeless people haven’t always had problems controlling their ability to participate in a normal society.  The available statistics can be so different that it’s really impossible to get a grasp of the numbers, including determining who has mental or substance abuse issues that result in them being homeless.  The tragic fact is that a very large percentage of the homeless are made up of people who in some cases did not have control over there internment to homelessness.  Sometimes, it is as simple as losing a job or the splitting up of a family or even an environmental catastrophe.  I have never met anyone in this category of the homeless population who wants to be there or wouldn’t do anything in their power to change their homeless circumstances, including addressing the related causes.  For some, they don’t possess the ability to navigate systems that are in place to help them.  The priority of support services is much higher for those with displaced families that include children.

Homelessness as it is commonly thought of has been an issue since the beginning of the human race.  It is interesting that in history, the lifestyle of a homeless person today would be considered very normal.

There are so many different variables that can cause an individual to lose or sustain the ability to keep themselves functioning in a healthy manner, including keeping a roof over their head.

Like I pointed out, there are so many mental and emotional conditions, that we could never start to understand them all.  If you would like to check for yourself, there is a reference book called the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of  Mental Disorders version five).  This is a medical reference book that is used by most professionals to identify and diagnose specific conditions.  Do not try to self-diagnose, you will most definitely not help yourself. The commonly known mental illnesses such as post traumatic syndrome, depression, bi-polar depression and even psychosis are just an extremely small portion of the overall number of serious illnesses. .

Some of these factors contribute to the reason that some homeless people have no desire to return to a normal society.  Sometimes when you have adapted to your environment, you don’t see any different lifestyle.  One of the larger issues is the common effects that homelessness causes to neighbors and nearby communities.  Usually, the conditions within the homeless communities can be very unhealthy or even dangerous.  Drug use, crimes, squalor and violence are all too often the norm within the homeless community.  That is not to say that all homeless people have no scruples or don’t care about other people…just that the culture is created and sustained by many who suffer  mental or chemical abuse issues that don’t give them incentive to consider the effects of their actions.  The one big blessing for our society is the groups and volunteers who are committed to assisting.  Without them, we can only imagine the outcomes caused by all of the different variables.  These groups are very effective in providing outreach, food, advocacy, housing, health assistance and general support.

Being in a funk is normal for everyone, however, If you feel like you just can’t function the way you feel you normally would and should it last for weeks and months, talk to your doctor.  If it turns out that you need some attention, take it because your feelings will only get worse…Trust me.