Homeless, not nameless; Take a stand as a city; We agree — Letters to the Editor, Aug. 3, 2019

We die homeless, please don't let us die nameless, too

Homeless but not nameless

He spoke through tears of fifteen years; How his dog and him had travelled about. The dog up and died, just up and died; After twenty years he still grieves.”

From the song “Mr. Bojangles”

His name was Adam — the man who died up on the hill behind Safeway the Wednesday before last.


He loved to travel up to Whitefish, Mont., with his old dog Brucer. They’d been together for nearly a decade. Adam never really got over Brucer’s death. There was a catch in his voice when he mentioned Brucer, even many years later.

Adam was a friendly, generous man — always willing to share what little he had. He believed that people were basically good.

“If people knew what it was like out on the street” he once said, “they would help us.”

There are many of us who live out on your streets and in the forests around Florence.

We die homeless.

Please don’t let us die nameless, too.

His name was Adam and he was a good man. His many friends will truly miss him.

Homeless, but not nameless.

—Steve Wandrus


Why it’s important to take a stand as a city

What’s important about passing a climate crisis resolution?

Resolutions by a city council are non-binding statements, but can be used to express values.

Despite not having legal teeth, taking a stand means something. A resolution is important not only in communicating the values of a community, but also in acknowledging the government’s failure to realize that value.

It puts the city council on record as being fundamentally behind a pledge to make a difference.

In the case of man-made climate change, a resolution signals that the city council sees climate change as a growing threat to be countered.

A climate crisis resolution should include endorsements from the City’s environmental committee (EMAC in Florence), local organizations and business owners.

I hope Mayor Henry will take the lead in passing a climate crisis resolution.

Resolutions by a city council do matter.

—Michael Allen


We Agree

This may come as a shock to many, but I have to admit that I am in total agreement with Tony Cavarno and his recent Letter to the Editor regarding our voting systems (“Simple Answer to Voting Concerns,” July 31).

I have always been very proud of the manner in which our voting system functions (limiting the receipt of a ballot to only those registered and returning by mail) without the need for the polling places, where most of the fraud is taking place.

The time involved should permit everyone to study the issues, and complete their ballot in their own home. This would greatly eliminate the need for political parties to be telling people how they should vote.

Unless that’s not what Mr. Cavarno meant?

—Charlie Pennington



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