I noted that Governor Inslee traveled north to Seattle on Tuesday, March 21 to tour the remains of a homeless encampment under the First Avenue Bridge.
While in Seattle and surrounded by his entourage, he talked about his plans for housing the homeless.
But he didn’t have to travel so far. All he had to do was walk out of his residence and into downtown Olympia. Not only would he have saved the taxpayers’ the cost of his travel, but he would have also cut down on his carbon emissions.
While walking around downtown, he would have met and talked with some of the homeless.
For instance, he might have met Don and Rebecca (pictured above) who as of this morning, Thursday, March 23, 2023, were living in front of a building on the corner of 5th Avenue NW and Water Steet NW.
They told me they have been homeless for over a year, that the Olympia Union Gospel Mission is not safe, that they did not understand why it is so hard to get help, and that they did not know where they would go next.
“We need help,” Don said to me.
I see no reason why they would not have told Governor Inslee the same thing. And the experience of meeting some of the people he wants to help could have been beneficial.
While in Seattle, the Governor said, “It’s hard to get help with a blue tarp over your head.”
It’s also hard to help those who need help when the Governor, who lives just down the street, would rather be in Seattle for a photo-op.
JM Simpson is a veteran photojournalist who lives in Lacey.
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