Great article. The fact that states like Nevada and Arizona are continuing to grow in population (Between 1990 and 2000, Nevada's population increased 66.3%, while the USA's population increased 13.1% --- The population of metropolitan Phoenix increased by 45.3% from 1991 through 2001, helping to make Arizona the second fastest growing state in the U.S. in the 1990s, second only to Nevada) when so many resources are needed to sustain the "American Dream" in these arid locales is completely befuddling to me. Unfortunately, I have not heard much about curbing water usage or population growth in the American southwest. I have only heard of some outlandish projects (haul ice bergs from Alaska or divert water from the Great Lakes) that, like the Glen Canyon Dam, will only serve to make problems worse in the long run. One of these days, we are going to have to stop building golf courses and private swimming pools and maintaining nice green grassy lawns in the interest of having potable water to use for food production and human consumption. Let's hope that law makers and citizens start to wake up and work to find real solutions to these growing problems.
I suspected sarcasm, but if that's the case it still seems like a waste of space to me. Better effort could have been put into making a formal argument that may have actually enlightened the reader.
Wait, what's the solution exactly? Ship homeless folks to Bozeman? Close the Poverello Center? I'm really sorry that people feel uncomfortable going out for drinks with friends downtown, and I can see how local business could be struggling, but your article does nothing to propose any steps to address the greater issue at hand.
Is the City Council planning on opening another homeless shelter, or contributing funds to the much-needed expansion of the Poverello Center? If homeless folks had a place to go, with food, shelter, and medical/social services available, perhaps they would not feel the need to panhandle. Seems like this does nothing to confront the actual problem at hand.
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