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posted Friday, March 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 11
Distribute funds to the HIV+ people who need it
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Distribute funds to the HIV+ people who need it

To the Editor:

Elton John and his partner raise $5.8 million for HIV/AIDS at an Oscar gala [SGN, February 27, 2015] and yet here I am a homeless, HIV+ person sleeping outside. What's wrong with this picture? I'll tell you what HIV+ people don't need and that's another $45,000 a year salaried service provider to tell us, 'There's no housing for you,' and 'There's no money for you.' How about taking some of the funding and funds raised for HIV and actually distribute it to the people who need it.

Michael Louder
Homeless, HIV+
Seattle




Take responsibility for your own safety
Refuse to be a victim


Editor:

Tonight [March 3, 2015] Kshama Sawant holds a hearing about hate crimes. I'm not going. All my adult life I have been a very strong proponent of arming the gay community.

If you look at the facts, a reasonably intelligent person could figure it out. The record of Seattle police is dismal at best, when it comes to the gay community. Look at the response times their own records show. As long as 4 hours on property crimes. How long is it in the case of a serious bashing by illegals from who knows where? Police get there AFTER you have broken bones, an eye missing, puncture wounds from being stabbed, or god forbid, another Neighbours type fire.

For years bashings have been reported and little if anything is done to punish the bashers. The community has asked for increased police for a very long time. But there's just one fact the community has ignored. Or been led away from. Police are under no obligation to protect you according to the Supreme Court. That means just one thing.

You want to live your life free from fear of being beaten, robbed, or murdered? You have to take responsibility for your own safety. Me. I had a group of 4-5 bashers try to beat on me a long time ago. The guy with my 357 Magnum in his nose wet all over himself. The rest ran like hell once they figured out there would be no bashing. Which didn't take long at all. No shots were fired. Some tough guys found out they weren't that tough after all, and a guy had to change his pants. That's my experience. But I hope you will let the community know. Hate crimes can be dealt with in a reasonable and effective manner. Even when Seattle police don't make the GLBT community a priority. Even if they did. How many officers would be required to post one at every intersection. On the hill. Quite a few more than the whole city has.

The National Rifle Association studied criminal behavior and came up with 'Refuse to be a Victim' - the only mention of a firearm is that they are available. No more. The program is quite reasonable in cost. It teaches ways to avoid being a crime victim without being armed. Like where to walk on the sidewalk at night. And looking people squarely in the eye.

Me. I'll keep my 357 Magnum close when I'm in the Peoples Republik of Seattle.

Mike Silvers
Federal Way

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