It’s difficult to watch “my town” evolve into a place I no longer view as safe. Talk to neighbors and without exception it’s about areas to be avoided, odors, trash, and scary people.
The Olympia City Council hired people to fan out and assist business owners cleaning up the feces, syringes, graffiti, and trash. Town leaders have turned over a four-block area to the less fortunate, mentally impaired, homeless, drug addicted, criminals (“ex” and current), and “non-conformists.” As you read this, ask yourself, “Would I drop off my wife, unaccompanied, within a block of the bus station, the Artesian Commons, head of Eastbay Drive, or the Children’s Museum?” Why not?
To address the downtown homeless, they said greater services in a convenient location would do the trick. We built a cool park so people could congregate off the streets, then a toilet facility, and more people came. Recently a service center opened downtown that caters to the disadvantaged population. And so many people came that they’re looking for a larger location. Hmm.
Now our leaders believe a tax to provide housing for the needy would be nice. I wonder where to site the housing? I know, let’s put it downtown. Of course, if the county and our adjoining towns helped out maybe — nah, let Olympia do it. And still more people came.
Just say no! A little restraint on everyone’s part would have kept us all out of this mess. And ask yourself, “How much more? How many more?” Husband your resources.