I've been thinking this over. After going to the musical in downtown Hilo, walking back to the car, I saw that every doorway was occupied by people sleeping under bundles of rags.
I hope our new Mayor, Mr. Kim, can come up with some reasonable solutions to this catastrophe, because that is what it is. There was never a big homeless problem in Hilo before, not like this.
I hope, too, that the Clinton Administration will take on the burden of mitigating or ending homelessness. Hillary Clinton wants to found a public-private coalition to tackle the problem. I guess I favor that as long as the money goes to end homelessness and is not frittered away on useless studies and half hearted volunteerism and the usual suspects who are always trying to make money off the poor. Well, we have got to do something. I'm too old and tired to do much about it. I couldn't help to take care of people like this, with their multiple problems of addiction, abuse, neglect and other forms of trauma. They need professional help, not the fumblings of amateurs.