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Re: “The Car Camping Dilemma

Thank you, Paul, for being one of the compassionate ones. I'd like to let you know that I worked a temporary census job in 2010 specifically with transient populations, and I can tell you firsthand that yes, many are displaced locals, and sadder yet, I recognized so many of them as "normal" working class individuals from my youth. Almost all of my friends from childhood have moved elsewhere, in order to find a livable wage and affordable home (and a tolerable culture, one more resembling the one we lost here). I too can tell you a lot about theft and violence, having dealt with it multiple times on my and my family's property: police, court, the whole thing. All of the people that I've actually caught have been home-dwellers, probably struggling to pay their bills or their meth habits. Many are recent arrivals. My family has been in Central Oregon since the 1880's, and I've heard a lot about how "homeless" have been treated here through the generations, first the displaced Indigenous populations and Mexicans, then the Gypsies, then the Red Robes, now the Veterans and "Mentally Handicapped". It boils down to people who are considered "marginal", at any specific time in history, usually end up with less opportunity and more hardship. These people aren't necessarily wrong, they just find themselves surrounded by a culture that doesn't vibe with them, and often have to do "marginal" things to survive. I can't blame people not vibing with the current culture, when I myself am completely baffled by it daily. I choose to live in a 200 sq ft cabin I built off-grid, so I can live a less manic and ego-driven life, focusing less on economics and more on having less impact and mindfulness. I'm lucky enough to be able to live on my family's land, or I too would have to move on to more affordable places, if I wish to continue to live here and not develop mental problems as well, trying to keep up with the breakneck pace that's developed under my nose. Thing is, I am not stereotyping when I say what Bend is. I've witnessed it first-hand through my life, as anyone else who's lived here their whole life has, and just because awesome people contribute to helping those less-fortunate, doesn't mean the problem behind those less fortunate people's actions has been alleviated or solved at all.

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Posted by Travis Lundy on 11/01/2019 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Car Camping Dilemma

Many homeless people here are locals who can no longer afford to live here. As rent, taxes, and everything goes up, many people can't work enough hours to pay for the things that the incoming elite class expects us all to have, and truthfully, nobody should have to work so hard for so little. What should we expect these people to do, move away to somewhere "affordable", away from their family and home? Maybe we should change our thinking to realize that compassion is more critical to life and society than pretty trinkets in spotless mcmansion yards. It's unbelievable to me that in a country as wealthy as ours, we still can't find the humanity to take care of each other. When I was a kid we wore t-shirts saying "central Oregon...poverty with a view" and we came together to take care of people in their hard times. I'm sad to say that our culture here has become so pretentious, self-serving, and cold as to worry more about neighborhood aesthetics than the health and safety of our community members. And we're so proud! Shameful.

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Posted by Travis Lundy on 11/01/2019 at 6:39 AM

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