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Letters for March 12, 2008

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Help for homeless

Hi Jordan,

I’ve been wanting to write you since I read your article in YES! Weekly (“The case for a homeless day center”; Feb. 27, 2007, by Jordan Green) but haven’t gotten to it until now.

It was a very good article and I wanted to thank you for it because I am also homeless. I have it better than a lot of homeless though since I at least have a car in which I currently live. Finding a job has been nearly impossible. I will be 54 years old this Friday and all I want is a paycheck and to have a life once again.

Help for the homeless in Greensboro is sadly lacking. If you don’t have a drug or alcohol dependency it is even worse. I’ve called all the agencies and the bottom line is they can’t do anything for me. I was able to get $162 in food stamps finally from social services. Unfortunately, living in my car, I can’t buy anything that needs cooking. Social services told me I can get something cold from a supermarket deli but nothing hot. Does that make any sense to you? It is a terribly screwed up system.

The homeless are mostly forgotten by society. People sit in their homes and say, “Oh how sad,” but on the street they avert their heads so as not to make eye contact. Perhaps they think if they don’t look then the same thing could never happen to them. Greensboro has to do more. Provide some type of sanctuary in the evening and the daytime where people can feel relatively safe. I never know during the night when a police officer is going to awaken me and tell me I have to leave from whatever parking lot I happen to be. There should also be some kind of help for people, like me, who have cars but are running out of gas. My gas tank, which is nearly empty now, is the only thing keeping me from living in the woods. That is only going to make it even harder to get back to living a productive life in society and when it gets to that point, I’m not sure I even want to go on struggling.

I’ll stop babbling now. Just wanted to say thanks for the article.

Mike Hawks

Greensboro

A general interest meeting to discuss organizing a homeless day center will be held at the Hive, 1214 Grove St. in Greensboro, on March 22. Call 919.698.8323 for more information.


Love for the news team

Dear Editor,

I want to extend a big thank you to your writers, particularly Jordan Green and Amy Kingsley. Each week, I eagerly watch for the new issue of Yes! Weekly to hit the streets so that I can read the stories penned by these two exceptional journalists. And every week, I am not disappointed. This last issue featured the story on the investigation of the destruction of the Klan-Nazi files [“Ex-intelligence officer with Greensboro police alleges Klan-Nazi files destroyed”; March 5, 2008; by Jordan Green]. I so appreciated the maze of conversations that were dissected to illustrate what community members face in trying to obtain a straight answer from the police. In an article by Kingsley on the walls and beams that will make “My sister’s House” for pregnant and parenting teens a reality [“Walls and beams, hopes and dreams.”; March 5, 2008; by Amy Kingsley], I learned of the creativity and collaboration that is taking hold in our city. This project represents the best of what university-community partnerships can yield.

It is a pleasure to read the in depth and interesting articles Green and Kingsley write… each and every week. Your work is supporting the good efforts by hard-working community activists!

Sincerely,

Spoma Jovanovic

Greensboro

Jovanovic is associate professor of communications at UNCG.


Wanted: School social workers

The demand for school social workers is increasing and yet here in Guilford County the supply is waning. As a senior social work student at UNCG, I am aware of the school social worker crisis, and the lack of jobs in Guilford County. Other counties seem to value a social worker in every school more than Guilford County. Per the Orange County schools (Chapel Hill area) website they have a social worker in every school compared to Guilford County schools who stretch one between at most three schools. This can become incredibly challenging at the high-school level especially when many Guilford County schools educate from 1,200 to 2,000 students per high school. How is one social worker expected to manage and keep track of almost 6,000 students and their problems and families and life situations? Some argue that social workers are not needed in schools and shouldn’t even be considered part of the school system. I beg to differ, a social worker is essential in schools there are so many different dynamics in a student’s life all of which cannot be addressed by the school administration. School social workers need to be in every school.

Aisha Shealey

Greensboro


Professionalism questioned

Hello. I sent an email about the “Sex Therapy 101” article [Feb. 13, 2008; by Brian Clarey] and a friend has informed me that it was published in this week’s issue as a letter to the editor. I am surprised that Yes! Weekly doesn’t bother getting permission to print emails with people’s full names in their publication. No one even contacted me to let me know. Is Yes! Weekly really so unprofessional?

Amy Bodsford

Greensboro


Editor replies: All submissions are property of YES! Weekly and can be used as we see fit, a fairly standard editorial practice.

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