[Vision2020] Making sense of it all

Donovan Arnold donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Sat May 26 11:04:26 PDT 2007

  I certainly would not attempt to make sense of what happened. I don't think insanity has any rationality to it. I see people die and suffer almost on a daily basis, I don't think there is a meaning or reason behind it. I just think it is. Perhaps, how we treat people that are old, suffering, disabled, dying, or dealing with an unjust hand dealt to them is how we are judged. Most people that cry, cry to make themselves feel better, it doesn't do anything for those that have been hurt or need help. That is why I try to do something instead of cry. 
  I don't find this tragedy any worse than the tragedy of Latah voting away the only place in our county for the elderly and disabled without private health care. 
  Perhaps, if Moscow cared more about its elderly, disabled, sick, and those in need, I think it would do a better job of treating those like this ill man. However, I don't see that happening. 
  The question isn't if we all feel bad and want to cry about what happened. The question is what we will do to prevent and treat illness of our community? My bet will be that nothing will be done because it is the easiest thing to do. What I would do is;
  Open a free mental health clinic and advertise it. 
  Better fund and expand the Crisis Center and Suicide Hotline
  Open a Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living center for the poor that need those services
  Open affordable decent housing, no more than 1/3 of a person's net income.  
  Open a Vocational Training Center to educate high school students and adults with a skill to make a living and bring industry to the county for a tax base for the things we need. 
  That is what I would do, but isn't gonna happen. Instead, nothing will happen and we will watch Latah shrink in size while the rest of Idaho doubles its prosperity. The greatest tragedy of all is that Moscow does not use its superior intellect and advanced education for anything constructive. 

Mike Deleve <coolerfixer at adelphia.net> wrote:
          In tossing the attack (for lack of a better term) around in my mind for days now, a Steely Dan song popped up from my memory and has helped me come to terms (a little) with the horrific events of a week ago.It gives a little insight into the mind of a truly ill person. I realize the song dates me but, oh well. I'm sharing the lyrics in hopes that it might help someone else heal.
  Wishing everyone a much safer and happier weekend.
    Agents of the law 
Luckless pedestrian 
I know you're out there 
With rage in your eyes and your megaphones 
Saying all is forgiven 
Mad Dog surrender 
How can I answer 
A man of my mind can do anything   CHORUS:
I'm a bookkeeper's son 
I don't want to shoot no one 
Well I crossed my old man back in Oregon 
Don't take me alive 
Got a case of dynamite 
I could hold out here all night 
Yes I crossed my old man back in Oregon 
Don't take me alive   Can you hear the evil crowd 
The lies and the laughter 
I hear my inside 
The mechanized hum of another world 
Where no sun is shining 
No red light flashing 
Here in this darkness 
I know what I've done 
I know all at once who I am   CHORUS   

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