SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.
MICHAEL WEINBAUM, San Clemente
I’m feeling badly, although it probably has more to do with my ego (as if Gene James cares what I think or say) than my actions.
I wrote a Letter to the Editor in late May entreating (Gene, that means urgently requesting) that deep thinker to stay in his lane and leave the Second Amendment to those who are elected to an office that has some reason to focus on it.
I went on to suggest to the Gene-ster that if he felt like applying himself to an issue germane to his elected office, he might consider homelessness.
Well, James did so. Unfortunately, his effort, per this paper, involved attending a rally promoting affordable housing for the homeless—an absurd concept, I know—along with some other brainiac counter-demonstrators.
At the rally, James apparently could be heard orating about how such housing “puts people behind doors … so they can smoke dope, snort dope and do whatever else … on our dime.” I’m sure James has considerable reliable data for his measured, keen observation.
In James’ defense, he did observe that “coming up with solutions that treat drug addiction and mental health (of the homeless)—that’s love.” Wow! Something out of his mouth that sounds like compassion and basic human decency. Who woulda thunk it?
Maybe in his next column in this paper, he will expound on the drug addiction and mental health services he is advocating San Clemente provide.