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Man tries to remain upbeat in face of poverty

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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Dennis Hardwick was spending his nights in the woods behind Target, until he lost what little he owned in a fire.

So, he and his girlfriend Vera are staying with a friend for a few days as they search for somewhere else to pitch a tent, and hunker down with sleeping bags, tarps and blankets.

"We're trying to get our own place," he says Wednesday as he sits at Fresh Start, a center that helps the homeless in Coeur d'Alene. "But we have to live pretty much wherever we can find."

The 46-year-old has been homeless since moving to North Idaho five months ago. The construction industry slowed and jobs became scarce.

Despite his circumstances, he tries to remain positive.

"Things could be a lot worse," he says. "We could be out there without Fresh Start. We could be out there without St. Vincent de Paul. We could be huddled under a bridge somewhere freezing."

Still, with winter settling in, he admits it's a scary time to not have a roof over his head.

"I'm more worried for my girlfriend than I am for myself. I don't like it, but I can deal with it," Hardwick says. "I don't want her in the streets. I want her in a nice, warm bed at night. That's my goal."

He believes organizations like Fresh Start are a godsend, and that homelessness is "manageable."

"If you let them help you and you do the right thing, nobody should be homeless. But in today's times, it's reality," he says.

Hardwick, from California, has family in the area, but doesn't stay with them. He says it's his choice.

"This is my problem. This is not their problem," he says. "It's my responsibility. Step up and take care of yourself. I don't want to put a burden on my family."

He speaks of letting himself, and his girlfriend, down, because they're homeless. At times, sure, it's embarrassing and it hurts.

"I'm supposed to be the provider and see to it that we're not in this situation," he says.

The slender, 5-foot-6 Hardwick tries to keep up appearances should a job opportunity arise. Wearing a clean shirt, pants and black shoes, he's hoping to land work, but hasn't since summer, when he was laid off from his last construction job.

"It's been application after application," he says. "The job market is really down. "Right now, I'll take whatever's out there. I don't care. If you want me to dig a ditch, I'll dig a ditch. If you want me to water your flowers, I'll do that. Now is not the time to be picky. A little bit of hard work, you can get off the street."

All he needs to do that, he says, is to earn $150 a week.

Until then, they try to stay warm and dry.

Their day starts around 6:30 a.m., when they wake up. It's always cold these days, so they head to Fresh Start right away for coffee and a bite of whatever food is there. They'll make phone calls, clean up, then head to the library, where they'll read and relax until dinner time.

Then, it's off to the soup kitchen, usually at St. Vincent de Paul.

"Excellent people," he says of the St. Vinny's staff.

After dinner, well, that's when the real challenge starts - where to sleep. It might mean another night in the woods, and as they wander and look, carrying their tent and supplies with them. Their choices are few.

"This is not something I want to do a month from now," Hardwick says. "It's possible I may have to."

One thing he won't do, is says, is leave North Idaho. He's an outsdoorsman, he explains, and likes to fish and hunt when he gets the chance.

"I love it here. I have met so many nice people."

So he'll stay, despite the coming snow and rain and frigid conditions, despite no job, no home, no money.

The toughest part of it all, he says, is keeping his spirits up, staying positive, believing life will be good if he just tries hard enough.

"There are times you just want to throw your hands up and give up. You can't do that," he says. "Tomorrow can be a better day."

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  • Condescending contributor posted at 7:26 pm on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.

    Condescending contributor Posts: 97

    Tune1 posted at 8:26 am on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.
    "....but most of these people have no misfortune, this is the life they choose, living off of other peoples hard earned money"

    Can you substantiate this statement with some verifiable statistics, some citable research,
    a news article? a survey you did of homeless people? Why should I believe you?

    A lot of people have walked in the shoes of the Dennis’s of the world, but they choose to work hard and pick themselves up off the floor. They didn’t start out at Fresh Start in the morning for free breakfast, ride the free bus, hang at the public funded Library using the free computers and then hit St Vincent’s for the freebies there. They were out getting work wherever they could.

    Can you cite for me the source of this information? how do you know all of this? Is there some way I can confirm what you're telling me? from another source? (Is it possible you are just making it up as you go?)

    Most of these people are lifers in the Welfare World and we are tired of paying their way.

    Again- Can you please substantiate yet another sensational claim! They are so lazy and good for nothing they'd rather sleep in the bushes and eat at St Vinnie's? Go to the library to keep warm? bath in a sink? They aren't getting welfare. if they were they wouldn't have to forage at St Vinnies and Fresh start. I'm sorry but I'm not seeing it. Oh, and how do you know how many times a week Dennis cleans up at Fresh Start? care to fill me in on that?

    Oh, also I just wanted to tell you, you don't have to give to those charities if you prefer not to.

     
  • Tune1 posted at 8:26 am on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.

    Tune1 Posts: 24

    Condescending you are entitled to your opinion and I respect that, but most of these people have no misfortune, this is the life they choose, living off of other peoples hard earned money. Make you feel good to stand in judgment of IdahoGuy? You are the one that is sanctimonious, pat yourself on the back and think you are holier than anybody else – must be something wrong that you have to make yourself feel good by attacking IdahoGuy just because he has a different opinion than yours regarding the homeless. A lot of people have walked in the shoes of the Dennis’s of the world, but they choose to work hard and pick themselves up off the floor. They didn’t start out at Fresh Start in the morning for free breakfast, ride the free bus, hang at the public funded Library using the free computers and then hit St Vincent’s for the freebies there. They were out getting work wherever they could. Dennis sweeping the floor at Fresh Start a couple of times a week could not begin to pay back all the money he has received from the taxpayer. Most of these people are lifers in the Welfare World and we are tired of paying their way.

     
  • Condescending contributor posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

    Condescending contributor Posts: 97

    Did any of you spittle spraying, self aggrandizing, self gratifying, self righteous fools
    notice that the subject of the article is mopping the fresh start facilities in the picture that accompanies the article, or were you too busy being better than this individual by comparison ?

    Get over yourselves,and try to grasp how easily this could happen to you, despite all of of your heroic stories of industriousness and work ethics- It HAS happened to better and to less deserving people than any of you. Sheesh.
    idahoguy, while no one is debating or conversing with you on this article, you have posted to the discussion board no less than 10 times on 4 different days! You must be a bitter unhappy man to love the topic of someone else's misfortune and what is wrong with them so much.
    It seems Dennis has one on you there.

     
  • Jenny posted at 8:41 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

    Jenny Posts: 45

    I have a feeling that this is not Dennis’s first rodeo in the welfare line. People like Dennis know how to work the system and get everything paid for by you and me. I drive by Fresh Start every morning and see the same moocher’s cars month after month, year after year. These people don’t work, they have come to CDA because of Kennedy’s laughable “10 Year Program to End Homelessness”. How naïve can he be.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:24 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932


    Hold on to your shorts fella... the Press will be launching their endless supply of tear jerking stories from now through Christmas. Stories with half truths, no or little background research and spun to make the poor victim tug at our hearts....and wallets, as they hint around others in the community needing to pay their way some more. Heck all many of the just want is for others to provide a nice Turkey meal or a tree with presents under it...like it is expected in life this time of year.

    Sorry folks Thanksgiving turkey dinner is an option and luxury as well as the commercialism of Christmas as per the need to receive some gifts. So is having a pet while one is homeless or broke but many still do it and what others to pay their way.... Take heart you can count on the Press once again this year going to great depths to not truly filter people and post their deluge of Heart Break Hotel stories. But not to the extent they put anyone up in the cheap rooms at the Resort. Nope down to the end of Sherman you go far away from the Resort crowd....

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:01 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    "Dennis Hardwick " I formally challenge you to get off r you buttt in the Public Library all of the rest of us working folks pay for and go over to the free computer and respond to all these truthful comments. You Sir are a coward and a bumm. Prove us otherwise...

     
  • Jenny posted at 12:29 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Jenny Posts: 45

    There are a few things in Dennis’s statements that do not make sense. Where does he get the money to go hunting and fishing? Licenses are fairly expensive not to mention gas to get there and back. Sounds like a sympathy ploy to me.
    Dennis says “there are times you just want to throw your hands up and give up”.
    Hey buddy you already gave up long ago because you find it easier to live off of everybody else’s money –you are not fooling anybody.
    There is a temporary hiring agency right down the street from Fresh Start but guys like Dennis don’t go there. They start lining up to be fed at 5:30 – 6:00 in the morning and we are all on the hook for it.

     
  • Ziggy posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    Mr. Myers, I give plenty of $ to charity. However, people such as the guy in this article need to take some responsibility for their situation. Yes, the apple growers were begging for help. When I was a kid around here, whole families used to take their vacations and go pick apples. Ditto for college kids; it was a great way to pick up money. To move to CdA because you love hunting and fishing with no job and no house is insane. Go somewhere warm and go somewhere where there are jobs. There are always crops to be picked, but not in CdA in the winter.

     
  • max power posted at 12:11 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    max power Posts: 559

    Here's a solution. Take that chick in the "Serving Soup Is Her Pleasure" article and have her come up with recipes that feed the homeless to the homeless. In the spring take the last two fat homeless people and put them on a oneway bus to the liberal libtard nirvana known as Seattle...

     
  • DogeatDog posted at 9:31 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    DogeatDog Posts: 59

    Dennis, apple growers in Washington (Yakima and Wenatchee) are hiring fruit pickers, and you can earn up to $150/day. You will however work HARD to earn that kind of pay, but still......they can't get enough folks to pick the fruit. They're suffering from a severe shortage of migrant workers right now; a lot of that is due to ICE cracking down and deporting illegals (as they should).

     
  • Tune1 posted at 9:10 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Tune1 Posts: 24

    I have dealt with Kennedy concerning the homeless, time for this guy to go, to bad he is not up for reelection this year. 10 Year Program to End Homelessness, is this man living in some kind of fantasy land? All his freebies just bring more homeless into CDA. There have been lazy people from the beginning of time and his ridiculous program will change nothing. Feed and cloth them and they will come.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Dennis .. why not drive to Target and look for the other Dennis and bring him home. His woman as well. Let us see some action there big fella ;-)

    I was a hitch hiker for a couple years by choice when I was young. Decided I had enough adventure and went through the process of getting back into the main stream. No govt help, handouts or face time in the press either. I put myself through college and retired early. Not saying Dennis is that motivated but I 100% know he does not need to be in this place in life if he was truly determined.

    He is another person trying to once again milk others with some face time on the press front page. I will gladly donate some coin for a one way bus ticket south....way south if he promises not to come back.

     
  • wheels1 posted at 3:49 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    wheels1 Posts: 461

    All you glass 1/2 empty people here ranting on this unfortunate situation ought to go look at yourselves in the mirror and think how much fun you're going to be during the holiday season.Very disturbing.

     
  • Randy Myers posted at 10:08 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    WOW! None of you have walked a mile in Dennis's shoes have you ? Once you have...then come back and comment. I commend Dennis for giving back to Fresh Start. Sounds like he's trying to get work and attempting to stay on the right side of the law. You "Christians" either need to walk the walk or admit that it is not comfortable to emulate Christ and that you aren't willing to attempt to do what Jesus would. A little bit of compassion goes a long way.

     
  • nemec1081 posted at 8:37 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    nemec1081 Posts: 61

    utterly SAD, and Mike Kennedy still flags down more.
    I heard about a ten year plan to end homelessness.
    Seems that only applies to locals born and raised here.
    They are being shoved to the exit as their jobs vaporize.
    My stance is against sanctuary status and taxes to support.
    Time for regime change in ten days..

     
  • my own opinion posted at 8:11 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    I talked about that camp behind Target, The camp has become larger than when I first saw it. The people have been seen washing themselves behind Target, useing the water from Target. Wonder if they own the woods and let them stay there? They use the "bathroom" back there also. That is a public health conceren.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:55 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Funny... we have not heard a word from Dennis even from the library you and I pay for.

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 4:47 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    Dennis, better yet you can call Coeur d' Alene's savior of the homeless at Councilman Kennedy at Intermax Networks. Maybe he will give you a job, heck its just across HWY 95 from the Target center where you are now staying. What a great idea. Mike maybe you can pony up your own money or invest your own company resources on this one and quit spending everyone else's on dips@3ts like this.

     
  • aayupp posted at 4:15 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 317

    dennis- i just got another hot tip from Montana- 5-6 unemployment rate and better hunting and fishing. check into gallatin and yellowstone county areas.

     
  • Ziggy posted at 3:01 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    I hear the city buses are also taken up with people just riding aimlessly around town. I've always thought that there should be a fee for buses like any other city.
    Yes, hunting and fishing licenses are expensive. I wouldn't consider that until I had a house, a job AND a bank account. Or am I the crazy one?

     
  • Jullee posted at 2:39 pm on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    Jullee Posts: 563

    Interesting...He says he like to hunt and fish. Does he buy the proper license and tags to do these things.? They are not cheap. He does not want to burden anyone yet he is a burden to the tax payers and people who are helping him. I agree with Freebird about the library issue. Ick...

     
  • Ziggy posted at 11:02 am on Mon, Oct 31, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    I don't always agree with Idaho Guy all the time, but I do in this case. If I were homeless, Idaho is the last place I would want to be. I have seen temps 30 below in the awful winter of 68-69. Does this guy have any concept of how cold even 10 below is? Also, in all these stories, it seems the girlfriend/wife seems to be just waiting around. Don't they work? In my family when the guys got thrown out of work, the girls picked up the slack. We lived through tough times in Idaho.
    We seem to have produced a generation of people who lack the logic component: ref Octumom, people moving to Idaho in the winter with no job and no home, etc.

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 9:33 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    This article must be a joke. Let me get this straight, Hardwick is homeless since moving here 5 months ago. He has family in the area but won't stay with them, his choice. "I will take whatever is out there.......Quote "its his problem" not theirs. One thing he wont do is leave North Idaho because he loves hunting and fishing here.
    What about the all my friends who have had to either relocate or travel to North Dakota and work in the fields there where the help wanted ads are ten pages in the paper. Men who spend weeks away from their families while they pay taxes to help this selfish freeloader and his girlfriend who moved here without a job, because he likes to fish. This is an utter selfish cop out if I ever saw it. What a sob story. My bet is hardwick and his girlfriend are going to help themselves to the County's indegent care fund while taking advantage of every tax payer funded program out there. Individual responsability? where is it. This is a dirct result of all the do gooder politicians who want to use taxpayer money rather than their own to truely make a difference. Shame on you Bill Burley for even writhing about this garbage. Burley, maybe you shoud take a gig in 'Dakota for a while.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 7:32 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Funny how one can smell out a rat. Been doing it for sometime. Once again the Press refuses to ask the tough but needed questions. How sad our local rag does such a poor job fact finding that others must do it for them.

    Better luck next time. Yeah right...

     
  • Justwondering posted at 5:31 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    Justwondering Posts: 1

    so a little backstory, he moved to Idaho into a local weekly motel, where he was evicted from for not paying his rent for over 2 weeks, they cannot stay with family because they are not allowed back at the motel where the family lives--- the press must have forgot that part of the story, the local economy is who loses in this situation, this person got the local churches to help his family get into a weekly motel, and paid for 2 months, then when he had to pay on his own, he couldn't--- can't find work or doesn't want to find work-- fresh start continues this downward spiral-- spend the day looking for work, not volunteering looking for another hand out--- all day should be dedicated to looking for work, that is your job, looking for work, if you can't find work in 5 months then something is wrong in my opinion

     
  • idahoguy posted at 4:43 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Right on... been here most of my life. Kids born & raised here. They all are here or nearby and working with their own homes. Opened my own business and ran it until I retired early many years later . Paid my taxes and am debt free. Put in 38 years into this great State. May I call Idaho my home State and be considered a local ;-)

     
  • 56YearOldNativeWithAVoice posted at 3:17 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    56YearOldNativeWithAVoice Posts: 150

    @inmyownopinion: You stated, that a lot of Idaho is very ignrant.(yes, that is how you spelled it). The truth is that most of the ignorant people around Cda, have MOVED HERE FROM CALIFORNIA, OREGON OR NEVADA! Cda has had a huge influx of crummy people "relocate" here in the past 15 years or so. These people are not Idahoans.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 3:01 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    There is an agenda here to make this into a "Sanctuary City"... I can see it and so can you. Constantly being bombarded by homeless dregs and their sad sob stories to created the so called "need" to make this a Disneyland place to move to.

    Freebird... Good news. This winter has a forecast of above average snowfall, way below average temps and.... less bums under your parked car or in it.

    May I suggest folks post the addresses of the City Council members and the Mayor etc so the homeless can go "occupy" those plush, warm, well stocked in food and with extra empty bedrooms on hand places.

    I bet if we all just kept posting their phone numbers, vehicle descriptions, license plates, home addresses, beach house addresses, and where they worked the homeless could find it easier to reach out and touch them. Right now they are sadly.... to insulated to be touched... Oh the home addresses, vehicles, license plates, daily work times, of each reporter who does these stories as well.

    After all we want them all to enjoy the warm and fuzzy fun the rest of us must endure as the result of their actions.

     
  • my own opinion posted at 2:27 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    True hope4idaho.
    You think that by that age a person would have something to show looks like the same game has been played out all over CDA. I bet his family wants nothing to do with him that is why he moved here but does not have anything to do with his family??? Why would this girl follow him around??? It is much harder to be a woman out in the woods living???. I know people in their 50's that still hold apron strings till this day and act like children when they loose that apron string to death as we all die they will be devestated and most likly join the freshstart crowd to mooch. Maybe not but are very needy. For the person blaming it on California Duh why would they leave the warm weather for the cold winters? and why would they come to a place that is so hillbilly unless they had enough money to live and not have to mix much with the hillbilly folk that live on the streets at freshstart? I go no where near that side of town.what I have noticed is alot of idaho is very ignrant.

     
  • hope4idaho posted at 11:40 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    hope4idaho Posts: 29

    Once you start feeding a stray cat, it will never leave.

     
  • nemec1081 posted at 10:42 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    nemec1081 Posts: 61

    The 46-year-old has been homeless since moving to North Idaho five months ago."

    Hunting and fishing have suffered with the onslaught of eco-tourists and those who can't walk in the woods without leaving a BIG FOOT print, as in 4Wheelers.

    Course Dennis is not guilty of the latter, just moving here with his sometime in the future bride without welcomed access to their relatives backyard and running water.

    Dennis, you should hire on as Fresh Starts poster boy! You provide an excellent picture of the striving man sweeping a floor. Many who are locals can't find a job. Go visit City Hall and ask why good jobs are chased out of the county.

     
  • aayupp posted at 10:39 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 317

    this is the top story again? well well there you go again. solution: NORTH DAKOTA- high paying jobs and great hunting - you will love it there and prob maked more money in a week or 2 then all winter here volunteering! your welcome tim for the tip-lucky iam not charging you a finder's fee.

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 9:59 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    All this is being condoned by the "touchy, feely" good city administration.

     
  • RL posted at 9:54 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    RL Posts: 161

    What...there are only three of the Press's 5 headline articles today dealing with derelicts and vagrants?
    Meanwhile, as the bums and parasites break numerous laws, the law-abiding taxpayers can't have a beer with their families in the city parks.
    Notice how so little is mentioned about Tubbs Hill? A city councilman's wife was raped there while she was jogging and a teacher went for a walk there and she never came back...but her car was still in the parking lot. There are many, many other stories.

    I'd like to see the press do a story on the backgrounds of these dregs. How many child support payments have been missed? Prison histories...that sort of thing. And, if any of the holier-than-thou city councilmen that are bring these people in actually put them up in their own neighborhoods or if they let the blue-collar folks in the East end of town suffer the consequences of their furtive efforts to gain points with St. Peter.
    C'mon, Bill...EVERY one of the Press subscribers I've talked to wants them OUT of our area. Why not do a story on who owns the lawless wasteland North of Target and what effect it is having on business there?

     
  • idahoguy posted at 9:47 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Just wondering why the Press even focuses on this guy? To what end? Who tips the press off to these dead end dead beats anyway? St Vinny? Fresh Start? Why not focus on local tax paying families working hard not to be homeless? I am willing to provide a helping hand to people making good decisions with the corresponding fruit to prove it.

    Also the Public Library needs to have pressure put on it to stop this foolish catering to the homeless. Another sanctuary city in the making here folks.... Beware. Our tax money is taken from us to support a safe place (Library) for us and our children to go study and research...not sit around and relax in while we bath in the restroom. I wish that woman would start doing that in the Dockside or Beverly's restroom....

    I bet it would not go over well at all...unless she did it in the guy restroom ;-)

     
  • idahoguy posted at 9:22 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Hey Dennis...can you afford "birth control" or are we going to be soon hearing about how the pregnant girl friend will now need all of us to help raise your spawn?

     
  • mister d posted at 8:18 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    There is so much in this story. He has been homeless since he moved here. Then logically he should leave and go somewhere he can make a living. He has family here but he wants to make it on his own - so he gets his handouts from fresh start, stays warm in the library all day and eats dinner at St Vincent. Use your family dude until you get on your feet, that's what family is for, as long as you haven't burned your bridges. This is not the only town you can be near the outdoors but you choose to sleep outdoors and live in a tent and be cold. Sounds like you are not a good decision maker. Go somewhere you can make a living and keep your girlfriend warm. You must have some unemployment left, use the money wisely.
    Have you tried an application at Center Partners? As long as you are drug free and willing to work, you can usually get a job there. I don't want to sound too unsympathetic, but sometimes we don't always get to live where we want.

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 8:14 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    San Diego's got great beaches to sleep on and you don't even need a tent. I've also heard that the soup kitchens are really, really big, and so are the welfare checks.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 8:11 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Let me get this right.... moved here with no money reserves worth mentioning. From a big money State to boot. I bet he was a loser down there as well. Lost his job here.... I have a son in law here in construction and he is very busy. I guess he just works harder and better? I bet so. Not everyone claiming to be in construction can hammer a nail without bending it ;-0

    Then he and his so called girl friend trespass and camp out on private property. I can hardly wait for them to start another fire and burn down some homes and businesses. What does she do all day. Stay it the sleeping bad and watch their stuff?

    Will not impose on their family here and must stand on his own... but will happily leach off of faceless donors and charity as long as he can avoid hitting on his family. Loser again. All day "reading and relaxing " From what Denis you have not worked so what are you relaxing for at our local Library...how quaint and another tax payer benefit. Heated rooms with comfy chairs. What a freaking entitlement mental illness disorder to you bring from California? Go out and pound the streets all day looking for a few hours work instead. I seem to see signs for help wanted at times around here..... but one can not see them with their face in a book at our Library can one?

    Dennis do yourself and your soon to be gone girl friend a big favor... move away...far away. You want to stay because you like to fish and hunt. That is rich ;-) and lame. You are years away from owning a gun, having a fishing pole and then transportation and money to relax even more at you favorite past time sports.No one cares about your hobbies Dennis...no one. It also requires money to do either legally but I doubt that would stop you... It is all about your wants again is it not?

    One up beat thing though. If you can get enough work to buy (please do not steal one) a good snow shovel you can soon probably get a job digging out the door to the Library and other store fronts. That is after you dig out your tent and your girl friend will also be gone by then to.

     
  • Screen Name posted at 8:08 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    Screen Name Posts: 948

    Dennis - you need to move to a place where you can get a job, not to a place where you can hunt and fish. Recreation is secondary to employment..

     
  • posted at 8:07 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

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    excerpt from story - "then head to the library, where they'll read and relax until dinner time."

    Yes, and this is why I have STOPPED going to the CdA Library at all. The last time I DID go - this summer - there was a homeless woman WASHING HERSELF in the sink with her top pulled up to her chin. She offered zero apologies, and didn't even seem embarrassed enough to cover her bare t*ts when I walked in! Needless to say, I walked right back out, and have not been back since.

    Then there's the piles and piles of homeless lounging on the nice chairs - the chairs that WERE brand new and now hold the lingering smell of dirty, lazy homeless bums.

    The library doesn't seem to care.

    If I had children, I would NOT let them go to the library.

    It has become the 'Fresh Start' alternative.

    And yes, in my life, I too have been homeless. I did not sit on my as* all day at the library, smelling disgusting and making upstanding citizens cringe to be in the same building...or worry about the vehicle they parked outside (did I lock it? are my windows rolled up tight?).

    WHY oh WHY doesn't the CdA city council pass the same kind of law that the Spokane Valley did and BAN all of the panhandling? THAT'S WHY they're all over HERE! They started drifting over when the Spokane Valley passed that ordinance...

    Now our town should do the same - send them on - send them south - back home to Cali where they all came from.

    I HOPE and PRAY that this winter is so COLD and so SNOWY that they ALL run away back home to Cali.

    Or that Hagadone wakes up and smells the coffee along with the stench of the homeless, and shoves his $500 Italian loafers up the city councils but* to get them to pass some kind of ordinance/law that says "NO MORE!"

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:54 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Da squirrel mus not fall far frum da tree.

    We's all no der aint no sno n ice in ole Cali. It's AAAALL wun big liberal city.

    Least dat wat grandpa squirrel toad us little'ens.

     
  • grey squirrel jr posted at 4:30 am on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    grey squirrel jr Posts: 3

    Article should be titled: "CALIFORNIANS in North Idaho" Im praying for another ice storm to weed them all out!

     
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