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Re: “'The Name Game'

Not to mention some people have better memory than others, in general. I only remember my own name because people say it to me all the time.

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Posted by ML on 04/05/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Dismisses Boise Homeless Camping Ordinance Lawsuit

Benj Hall: Are you saying that the Judge was incorrect? That there weren't sufficient beds at any of the shelters, and that someone was actually unable to engage in the activity of sleeping? Or are you just spouting off with some vague outrage?

Because, if there was actually someone who was unable to find a shelter bed to sleep on and they were actually unable to sleep on the sidewalk because of the ordinance... if there was actually someone harmed by the ordinance... they could bring a lawsuit against the city of Boise. So, if that person exists, that person should definitely get in touch with NLCHP.

I have compassion for the homeless, I really do. But, I am failing to understand why this law (as enforced) is so onerous.

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Posted by Matt Ledes on 10/01/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Boise's 'Anti-Camping" Ordinance Returns to Federal Court

Still, I do think that might be a stretch to try to say that these people are being barred from performing a non-dangerous life function. After all, the city has ostensibly made certain that resources are available for people to be able to sleep who want to. Or have they...? The city admits that during life-threatening weather conditions, there aren't enough beds. Until there are clearly enough non-public places to sleep, the city cannot claim that criminalizing sleeping in public isn't criminalizing homelessness.

I would imagine that one reason some people want to sleep where they are visible is because of safety. Hiding your sleeping in a dark corner would invite unsavory people to take advantage of your situation.

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Posted by Matt Ledes on 08/19/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Boise's 'Anti-Camping" Ordinance Returns to Federal Court

Bikeboy: Taking a dump and sleeping are not comparable because they are different (to state the obvious). Different because one is a health hazard and the other is not. One has a clear intrinsic public safety issue, the other does not.

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Posted by Matt Ledes on 08/19/2015 at 10:25 AM

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