Throw the Bums Out

Buzz confronts our new nemesis, Angela Hunt

Touche: You're good, Angela Hunt. Very good.

We thought we had you last week, after you tweeted photos of ordinary-looking folks hanging out in Main Street Gardens park with their luggage. Lots of luggage.

"I'm tired of bums in Main St. Garden," you railed. "Counted 12-many sleepng. Where is DPD? Where is Bridge?! ..."

How classist. Buzz reached for a big can of righteous indignation, the lazy opinionator's second-favorite drink (behind anything 80 proof). Why, Buzz gave 10 whole dollars to a beggar once. (It was Christmastime, and we thought it was a single.) We guess these bums are too indecorous for delicate Ms. Hunt and should confine themselves to The Bridge homeless shelter. Harrumph, harru ... oh, damn. She returned our call.

"So, are you going to light me en fuego?" she asks cheerily.

Who, us? No, we're just wondering if suggesting homeless people stick to The Bridge is a tad harsh.

"It's not a matter of wanting homeless people to be out of sight, out of mind," she says. "It's a matter of sleeping in the park, urinating in the park." Bums sleep on playground equipment and panhandle aggressively, she says. Constituents complain, driving some families away.

Elitist bourgeoisie families. If Buzz had kids, we'd have 'em skipping rope with "bums" in brotherly solidarity. Besides, this is America. If the lubricated want to sleep on every public surface and piss on every post, what can be done? What has Hunt done? (Bet she never accidentally forked over a ten-spot to a legless man.)

Hunt says something about lobbying in Austin, working on a deal for single-room occupancy supportive housing on Akard Street and speaking at two national homeless conferences. She seems hard-working, homeless-wise. That can of righteousness is going flat.

We rally. But "bums?" Bums? Does she regret the word?

"I'm an advocate for the homeless," Hunt replies. "I did not use the word homeless — purposely." The city has made strides in offering help to the homeless. The word bum "is an indictment of the folks who refuse to use the services offered."

And piss in the park. OK, bums it is.

So you win this round, Hunt. Just remember: Buzz drinks self-righteousness by the barrel, as do the anonymous online commenters who flamed you for those tweets and photos. We'll be back. We have nothing better to do.

 
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penneysurfer7
penneysurfer7

another thing the bush family created problem ,owning           aca and gca you and the rest of dallas are blind that theyare hard wot

penneysurfer7
penneysurfer7

Ok are you and the rest of the dallas young urban professionals never lived in a city?homelessness exists and brushing it under the carpet by arrestting and the bridge?the entire organization is racial.sure the bridge will help if your black,other wise they dont help.area thrift stores sell donations for profit ,homeless never see the clotes or cash from it,although both the thrift and you recieve tax breaks elligibli to the wealthy exclussively.i think if you spent one day or any of you that think the same as eric,should read definition of racial profiling.the constitution states its 0ur fouth ammend ment right.oh yeah youve never had that happen because you have a lawyer and would be treated deferantly.you are just as clueless about why thing arent being addressed sooner,ELECTIONS  serve as the base of corruption and you couldnt last a day out there.by the way if your a journalist not a person using woodward and bernstein would laugh at what you report on you part of the problem not the solution

EricDallas
EricDallas

This is America. It just isn't the America we think it is. I have a police scanner and man if a 911 call comes in reporting a homeless person or panhandler, they are all over it. I don't think Hunt or anyone for that matter on the City Council has a clue. I mean you look at their Facebook pages and all it is about is who they rubbed elbows with, where they had dinner, or what famous person they met today. If I was a politician and had a forum to talk to my constituents, I would be telling them what pothole I got fixed today, and how I was making Dallas a better place. You have 5,000 people driving up to get housing assistance, everyone with a cell phone and you can bet cable TV at home, yet the folks that have no place to urinate except a park are arrested or ticketed. Yeah Angela, when you get to heaven, I hope God is impressed with all the stressful luncheons you endured with those famous snobs you post about all the time. Keep up the good work!

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The issue is that the homeless are not in the correct places. They need to be relocated to working class neighborhoods. Because in a capitalist society, the function of the homeless is to remind the working class that they cannot slack off in their menial jobs. But the working class long ago fled Dallas for the 'burbs. Therefore, in respect of our free market capitalist society, all homeless must be rounded up and shipped to Plano, Frisco, Keller, etc.

Villcb76
Villcb76

Eat the rIch, they are tastey...

Will
Will

agree. throw the bums out.

Jack Handy
Jack Handy

Wow...interesting......some people have metal illness caused by our culture....some people have finanical ruin caused by our culture.....some people are simply useless caused by our culture....some people have drug dependencies caused by our culture.

No amount of money will fix this problem. Only changes in culture will......and I don't mean shoving a bible up every anus.

Mullen3
Mullen3

Angela Hunt does not duck. She comes right at it and she is usually right on target, including this time. There is a law against urinating in public and it should be enforced---especially in parks.

Pamela
Pamela

Just because someone is homeless, doesn't make them a bum, and all bums are not homeless. Homeless is a state of physical existence, bum is a derogatory term used to describe someone that solely lives off of others out of laziness. So lets get our prejudices straight please. With that said, Dallas may want to think about having some public restrooms. I know it won't completely solve the problem, but most real cities have them :)

Jeannie Diggs
Jeannie Diggs

Some people at the bridge ,are trying to find work , I have seen and talked with them personly.Its hard to get money for the buses, it hard to find a job and get there without a car , gas money ,insurance , some thing nice to wear ,an hairbrush, tooth paste, thoothbrush , a shower. Everythings cost money ,even at the bridge its hard. And additics are hooked into a life of misery. Some have given up ,and lost hope ,of ever having a life that matters. I don't like the smell of piss ,in the parks either, If they don't keep the rules at the Bridge ,they are out. I would not want to be in their shoes ,except for the grace of God there go I. I don't have all the answeres , and I don't want them around children . So when u kick them out, where should they go? The poor will always be with us. And some will always be and live the bum life. But they are still humans, who need compassion. Maybe we should provide for the hard core ,wonders who want to live like that. Some of them have ,fear of the establishment . Because they are sick in heart and soul and body. They need a place to go , their own park . Like I said ,I don't have all the answeres , but I do have compassion for them.

JAVI
JAVI

patrick you sounded like a little girl in this article. Very dissatisfied.

Sharon Eunice McGee
Sharon Eunice McGee

The self righteous people complaining are part of the reason why those people in need are there. Do your homework before you comment on what should be done with these poor people. The Bridge Homeless Aliance of Dallas is an exemplary of what can be accomplished for these people. The "Bridge" is not and cannot be the end all solution for life for all these people. Urinating in public is a crime and when it's caught, the Police of course, do thier job. Don't brag about giving a panhandler money. Ten dollars didn't do anything to change that persons life. Donate your money to the "Bridge", a food pantry or volunteer somewhere they are helping the homeless and needy. Next time a panhandler comes to you, take them and buy what they need. Don't throw cash at a potential addict or alcoholic. That makes it that much harder to stop the panhandling and to turn that persons life around. We are our brother's keeper. It's a community problem and only "us" as individual community members can solve it.

Stillamastatit
Stillamastatit

You get paid to write this fluff? Can I have your job because you just had a giggle filled pillow fight with this article. Besides failed attempts at whit which undercut your finger wagging stance you didn't bring too much to the conversation.

psyrn
psyrn

Stupid column.Bourgeois? Is that what this is? If you were to give the homeless a lottery's winning they would still be the homeless. That is because that is what they choose. They would simply be rich bums (Yep, I said it), at least temporarily. They would still smell, wear dirty clothes, and urinate on park benches, with the exception of having the money to buy drugs and/or alchohol. While it is true that most are faced with issues of mental illness and drug/alchohol addiction, they are the people of the street. This is their lifestyle for whatever the reasons and most of them will not change, no matter what social adjustments you attempt to throw at them. That is just a sad but true reality. Only a Marxist would suggest that are atttitudes are "bourgeois", but have the homeless live near his home, pee on his property, and beg him for money. How tolerant would he be then?Bourgeois? Really?

Alex
Alex

I agree wit Willie, such a ridiculous column. And a waste of time might I add.

JunkShot
JunkShot

The blacks are the problem.

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson

I CANT BELIEVE THIS COUNTRY SUPPORTS MARGO HOPEN!!! WHEN SHE HASNT DONE JACK SHIT FOR THIS COUNTRY BUT BE HO!!! SHE DIDNT EVEN SERVE WITH THE NORWEIGAN OR SWEDISH ARMY,etc...I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THIS MARGO CARGO CALLED EARTH TO FARGO!! YEAH DAKOTA!! I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR WOLF AND MARGO HOPEN!!! I HOPE THEY BOTH BURN IN HELL!! IF YOU GET THAT WOLF HOPEN --BE A HOMELESS VETERAN!!!!!!!!! IF YOU UNDERSTAND CESAR MARTINEZ EARNED HIS CITIZENSHIP --LEARN HOW MUCH MENTAL WARFARE IT IS TO BE HONORABLE CITIZEN!! I WILL GIVE LIFE TO THAT KIND OF CITIZENSHIP!! WHEN YOU DONT SHOW ME YOU WILL DIE FOR ME ... I DONT HAVE PROBLEM PUTTING YOU IN THE GROUND AS DISHONORABLE DAD,etc..WITH ANOTHER LOOSE GOOSE....GOD IS THAT PROUD OF ME --EARN MY HAND IN MARRIAGE,etc....YA GET IT WOLF I WASNT GOING TO GIVE YOU MY MILITARY US CITIZENSHIP GREEN CARD THAT GIVES YOU ACCESS TO ALL THE FIGHTER PILOT AIR BASES THAT YOU AND YOUR BROTHER BJORN CAN GO SEE AT ALL TIMES ALL AROUND THE WORLD --I DIDNT GIVE YOU THAT GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP CARD --I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR MARGO OR YOU! I NEVER NEEDED YOU SO BAD WOLF HOPEN WHEN I CAME BACK FROM EUROPE -TRY CULTURE SHOCK, MY PARENTS DIVORCE NO HOME,etc...I AM JUST THAT BEAUTY QUEEN THAT MADE IT BACK --WOW! MARGO HAD TO JUMP ON THAT MERCHANDISE WITH HER ITALIAN MAFIA FAMILY --LOW CLASS WHITE TRASH OF AMERICA! ITS TOO BAD WHEN I CATCH ALL THAT STUFF ON ELLIS ISLAND TOO!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I'm posting here the comment I made to Jim's column on the same issue. When I'm standing in a crowd that just finished running a 10K, I expect them to smell. I expect to get hit up by Girl Scouts selling cookies and kids selling candy. I expect to get annoyed by the Jehovah's Witnesses on my doorstep over the weekend, and if I want to talk to crazy people, I can go to my family reunion. But when I go to a park, I don't want the smelly crazy person to sit down next to me, hit me up for money and follow me to the next bench when I move; what I want is to have a quiet hour outside, and read a book undisturbed. What is so wrong about wanting a nice public place? Just because people want a nice public place, it doesn't mean they aren't decent people with genuine concerns for the homeless--it isn't an either/or proposition.

Willie
Willie

Geesh, what a stupid column.

Jogiyo2002
Jogiyo2002

Sigh, it is so Western to put a bandaid on the symptom but not treat the cause. Why are there bums in parks? Well because there are lots of homeless people. If you actually "hang" with these people, you will find out the varying causes of their homelessness. Many are on some sort of public assistance, and use those checks to buy drugs, plain and simple. When that money runs out, they pan handle. Peeing on park benches, smelling bad, sleeping anywhere they please, and any other number of socially disturbing behaviors. Classist? Um, no. That is a political stab and a kind of lazy name calling. Many of these people are caught in some sort of dramatic downward spiral that often includes drug addiction and various types of mental issues even as simple as depression. Their condition is facilitated by free money (govt assistance), free food, and free lodging (even if that happens to be a nightly snooze at a public park.) Also, at some point, many run into legal problems (get busted for drugs), and then score a felony. The felony(ies), of course, make it difficult or nearly impossible to obtain employment and is permenant enough to solidify their social fate. Our system creates and supports these people. To make it out of this cycle, it damn near takes a miracle and then personal Herculean effort. The type of effort not common in your average down on his luck, depressed, drug addicted, freeloader.

nauseous
nauseous

Williams, I think you're confusing "right to liberty" with "right to loiter?"

Bjmccurdy7387
Bjmccurdy7387

You sound like an idiot. The working class don't need someone homeless to remind them to work. I think feeding yourself and having income is enough to keep people going. I hope sarcasm was involved in this.

Jack Handy
Jack Handy

Angela Hunt simply cares about elections and not the people.....I call that an abuse of power....or....a lack of responsiblity for ALL people in the community.....for that I would accuse Angela Hunt as being anti-American.

Yosoyjrd67
Yosoyjrd67

wait for them to urinate in public, especially if there's a child there, report them for indecent exposure with a child present and voila, sex offender status and they have to register as a sex offender and they are barred from public parks where kids gather!!!1

Laura
Laura

I could not agree more. Not to mention, try going to any park in this city with a kid who needs to use the potty. If you're lucky, there might be a port-a-potty nearby, but if there is I can guarantee that it is nasty. Real cities do have public restrooms that are maintained by public employees and locked in the evening to prevent people from using them for ill purposes during the night. This city is really lame when it comes to maintaining a budget for public parks and thier upkeep. Our local park doesn't even have benches, I can guess because they are afraid people will sleep on them. Nevermind a pregnant lady might need a seat.

guest
guest

Do us a favor and please return to whichever "real city" that you came from dear. . . :)

Jogiyo2002
Jogiyo2002

I like what you say here but you are preaching a bit. It really does not have to be turned into a classist issue. If you have a grasp of wisdom then share it as a gift, offered not instructed.

Sharkondryland
Sharkondryland

ASK A MUSLIM WHO IS THE PROBLEM ASK A ARAB WHO IS THE PROBLEM HELLO LITTLE BUDDY,WHITE MEN HAVE BEEN TROUBLE FROM THE FIRST BREATH OF AIR.WALL STREET,MAIN STREET OR ANY OTHER STREET AND BEHIND IT ALL WILL BE UNCLE WHITEY.KIDNAP EVERY WHITE WOMEN YOU CAN FIND AND LEAVE WOMEN OF COLOR TO MATE WITH THESE WHITE DEVILS AND SUPRISE NO MORE WHITE MEN .WHAT A PERFECT WORLD THIS WOULD BE

Dave
Dave

No it's [eople like you that are the problem....wha an ignorant comment to make.

Jack Handy
Jack Handy

If the public park doesn't have appropriate places to piss...then maybe that's the issue then?....think about it....if you were forced to live outside....and had to take a piss....and there was no place to piss....and all the resturants won't let you in....what are you going to do? Piss on a tree.....or piss on a car in the parking lot?

Jack Handy
Jack Handy

Making a homeless person a criminal does nothing but shut them further out....way to get people to hate you more then they already did....

Jogiyo2002
Jogiyo2002

what does the color of ones skin have do do with anything? Oh because everyone of similar skin color is the same? You are an idiot.

 
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