Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Not In My Backyard, Part 2

Yes, the compassion in NEPA flows like still water on a 17 degree day. First we have Dunmore declaring that a Methadone Clinic isn't welcome in, of all places, an industrial park; not to be out-done, further south Sugar Notch declares that the homeless are not welcome in a church.

Sugar Notch NIMBY Story Link Here.

Apparently there are no addicts in Dunmore and there are no homeless in Sugar Notch.

Anyway, when I think about both stories I'm reminded of what I learned in high school religion class (yes, I actually paid attention), specifically from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, verse 40:

"...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "

2 comments:

McGruff said...

Some numbnuts code enforcement calls temporary shelter a group residence. No one will be using the church as a permament address.
What does he thinks happens during a natural disaster? Do we need permits to provide temporary housing? The windchill factor has it a minus below. I would still host the homeless and let the code enforcement take me to court. Let's see a judge side with him. What a moron. Fine them, they ought to discipline him.

I heard on WILK someone brought up the issue of fire alarms, smoke detectors, etc. The church has already met code otherwise it would not be a place of worship.

Alber out to hold his head in his hand. Does Alber do any charity work? I had to type in the word patmetic to post. Appropriate since it is so close to pathetic.

Stephen Albert said...

McGruff...I have a tough time believing some folks. It's almost surreal when you think about it: people DIE in these weather conditions...die as in a life extinguished forever...but yet you have officials looking for excuses to keep the shelter from opening. It's as if some folks believe that the life of a homeless person somehow of a lessor value. I wonder how many of these homeless are veterans...people who put their lives on the line for people like you, me, and even Mr Alber?

Everyone in Sugar Notch should be ashamed of this...that's if they are capable of feeling shame.