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Volume 71, Issue 148, Thursday, July 6, 2006


Staff Editorial


                Chris Elliott                        Robyn Morrow                  Johnny Peña
                                      Fabian Sifuentes              Kristen Young

Drunk welfare programs unacceptable 

Most students attend school so they can have successful careers to maintain or improve the standard of living they had while growing up. While money is tight in college, students are forced to make sacrifices with how often they are able to consume alcohol.

Now, for the alcohol-enriched students, there is no need to continue to matriculate, because there is a government program in Washington that not only pays for your housing, but it also pays for your booze, too.

King County, Washington, officials concluded it was cheaper to house 75 street alcoholics in a new apartment building than it is to continue paying their emergency room visits, sobering clinics and jail stays.

In order to stay in the housing, residents are not required to stay sober or even attempt to get sober. They are allowed to maintain their residency even if they drink in their rooms. Shuttle busses are provided to take residents to supermarkets where they purchase beer and wine regularly. 

Instead of making a program that encourages these down-on-their-luck citizens to improve themselves while being provided a safe place to stay, officials are content to allow these people to drink themselves to death as long as it is in the comfort of this new housing.

This flies in the face of the American dream.

This new program brings our society one step closer to legalized euthanasia, and it only encourages more homeless people to continue their detrimental practices because at the end of the tunnel, a beautiful apartment building that is better than most recent college graduates can afford awaits them.

As long as there are non-profit organizations willing to foot the bill, or if there were an effort to make this new community self-sustaining like similar successful communities in San Francisco, there would not be a problem. 

Taxpayers, who have their own bar tabs to deal with, should not be burdened with those of people who are unable to sustain themselves.


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