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Re: The Subways Melted Down Real Good (Again) This Morning

Posted by MainR3664 on Mon Apr 16 19:39:10 2018, in response to Re: The Subways Melted Down Real Good (Again) This Morning, posted by Edwards! on Mon Apr 16 14:32:33 2018.

Well, in the interests of being humane to all- both those who need help, and those who need to get someplace on time, I'd advocate a tough love approach.

Specially trained cops will approach the desperate person, and offer him/her a choice:

1) We will take you to a program, right now.
2) If you don't want to go, we will make a judgment as to your ability to make that decision.
2a) If deemed competent, you'll have to leave the subway, at the next station- no arguments
2b) If deemed incompetent, we will take you to an appropriate program.

I know this may seem tough- and it might get rough at times. That's unfortunate indeed. But those of us who need to get to work, the doctor, or to our families (we may have young children or elderly parents- or both- who need us) on time also have rights. A homeless person who's sprawled out, stinks, is yelling, or some combination thereof is infringing on the rights of everyone else- even if he can't help himself and has no ill-intent.

For it to work, there have to BE programs. I do actually contribute to charities that help the homeless, and I have even given a few dollars here and there to those who seem to need it. I'm no genius, but I do attempt to be reasonably intelligent. Some problems have no easy solution.

But I think that whatever solution we come with, we have to start with the premise that the subway cannot serve as a shelter.


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