Quote for the Day…
Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting. ― Joel Osteen
In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:
- Great Falls Homeless Encampment
- The Western Word Poll
- Reading Assignments
Hello June – you beautiful thing!
GREAT FALLS HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT:
The city (or maybe shitty) of Great Falls decided to attack the most vulnerable in our community by going after the First United Methodist Church for stepping up and helping the homeless who are using church property.
According to the city’s press release:
The City has notified Pastor Jeff Wakeley that the Church is required under the City’s zoning ordinance to obtain a Conditional Use Permit to even operate any type of homeless shelter in the first instance. The Church has since submitted a CUP application that is currently being processed by City staff and will ultimately be presented to the Great Falls Zoning Commission within the next few weeks.
The city also decided to go the court route:
In the meantime, the Church was also placed on notice in early May that the tent and camper encampment is a separate violation of the City’s zoning code, which does not permit campgrounds in the zoning district where the Church is located. The Church did not respond to that notice by removing the tents and camping arrangements as directed, so the City has now filed a lawsuit in District Court to enforce its zoning requirements.
Going the lawsuit route is a shitty way of doing business, Great Falls. I don’t know which lawyer advised the city to do this, but it is ethically and morally wrong. I hope you lose.
Great Falls favors casinos over helping those less fortunate and churches. That’s plain to see. Almost every block on the most traveled streets has a casino on it, while a few homeless people are occupying a parking lot in one small area in town.
Some of the comments on social media about the lawsuit were so ridiculous that anyone thinking of moving their business here needs to ask if there’s any intelligent life here. Many were ignorant MAGA folks.
I suggest people who care about the homeless, donate to the First United Methodist Church to help them with this mission – and the lawsuit. Click HERE.
On the city’s Facebook page, I left the following comment:
God bless the First United Methodist Church, Pastor Wakeley, and their members.
That post was one of the most liked comments on their post. At least some people understand what needs to be done.
Read the press release from the City of Great Falls HERE.
The Electric has a story about it HERE.
The Great Falls Tribune has a story about it HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The NBA Finals are set – It’s the Boston Celtics versus the Golden State Warriors. This week’s poll question asks, “Who will win the 2021-22 NBA Championship?”
The results will be posted later this week.
Here are some articles you should read…
Helena IR – NRA’s a powerful force in Montana politics
Wow – breaking news…
Bozeman Daily Chronicle – Editorial: Montana’s schools need more counselors, not fewer
Very true – it seems the Republicans are against public schools…
MTN News – Warrior Wishes Montana works to fix military veteran’s house
We are supposed to help those less fortunate – maybe the leaders in Great Falls will read this…
AP – Texas police: School door shut but didn’t lock before attack
As the days go by, we learn more and it’s not good.
USA Today – Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau proposes ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales
Good luck with that…