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July 30, 2013

Hey, Homeless People!  Go away.

The state will offer one-way tickets home to  any eligible homeless person to anywhere in the continental United  States.

Hawaii has allotted $100,000 for a three year  trial run of the so-called ‘return-to-home’ program, which could also even offer  participants beds on cruise ships bound for their homes.

No word on whether they’ll spring for a Captain’s Table dinner…

I can remember meeting a young couple on my honeymoon in Hawaii.  They were living in a tent in the jungle on Kauai, and she was probably seven months pregnant.  The tour guide that we signed up with was giving them jobs to encourage them to move to an apartment before she popped the kid.  I have to admit… they knew the river and the jungle, and it was a cool tour.  I still felt for the three of them and the situation they were encountering.  I don’t know that they understood the problem.

On my next trip to Hawaii (I’ve been twice, and I’m starting to think that’s enough), we picked up a hitchhiker who was living with a guy in a van on the beach.  She seemed happy, other than the fact that she needed to find her brother’s place to catch a bath.

And these people were the good ones.  I’d suppose that a temperate climate and a permissive government is probably ideal for homeless people.  I don’t get why so many hang in Portland, which does NOT have the former.  Latter yes, former no.  But I’d expect that the latter is really the issue.  And if the government is so permissive that it wants to try to send you away… well, that’s probably part of the problem.

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