For Those Who Die Unwanted

At 5:30 p.m. today people who care about the poor will gather in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine for the annual Homeless Memorial Day. A burning barrel will commemorate the suffering of homeless people, who often struggle to stay warm in the winter. Every year more than 30 homeless or recently homeless people die in Cincinnati, according to Georgine Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.
“Many times homeless individuals pass away with no one to remember them or mourn their passing,” she says. “This event celebrates the lives of these often forgotten individuals.”

— Gregory Flannery

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4 Comments on “For Those Who Die Unwanted”

  1. Anon Says:

    Those that aren’t counted in life don’t get counted in death. We like to think we’re so civilized.

  2. Westside John Says:

    Have them try getting a job …..then they wouldn’t be homeless.

  3. Natasha Says:

    uh, yeah WJ… they should die and decrease the surplus population! What a fine heart you have.

  4. Westside John Says:

    Look at what is happening, all these people getting section eight, SSI, welfare, food stamps etc. I have to scrape by on what I make because……I make too much! I get no handouts, no social programs, I have to work 60 hours a week most of the time and I get nothing for free. Yet, I sit here and watch families move into the neighborhood who rent a house under section eight, so they pay $100.00 bucks tops a month, they don’t give a crap about the house because they don’t have a vested interest. Five years ago I hardly saw anyone on the streets past midnight. Now thats all I see, groups of kids (12-18 years old) hanging out at two, three in the morning stopping cars in the street. Why? Because there is no discipline in the families. “My babie’s daddy” rules the roost not “My son’s father” Something has to be done and quick. A whole generation of kids are growing up expecting to get paid for doing nothing. Sensible Don said it right when he said that all it needs to start turning better is for people to start taking responsibility for there own actions and not blame everybody else.


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