Praying for some leadership in Columbia

We had various speakers today at Columbia Rotary talking about homelessness in our community, including Amos Disasa from Eastminster Presbyterian, speaking on behalf of the Midlands Interfaith Homelessness Action Council (which he acknowledged that, as organization names go, is a mouthful).

Saving me from taking a heap of notes, Rev. Disasa mentioned the group's Web site, at which you can read the following:

More than $9 million has been raised to build a Homeless Transition Center in downtown Columbia.  Yet this badly-needed facility is facing opposition from near downtown neighborhoods as well as some political leaders.

It is our prayer that the faith community will rally behind the Transition Center.  The starting point is to educate yourself on the need for the Center.  You will find valuable information and perspective in the slide show above.

Then we hope you will sign the petition below and that you will get others to sign it, as well.  We want our city leaders to understand that there are many more of us who support the center than those who oppose it.

When the MIHAC was formed 18 months ago, who could have dreamed that our community could have made so much progress?  But we are not there yet, which is why this petition campaign and your help are so crucial.  Read the petition that follows, please download it, sign it and encourage others to sign it.  With your help we can light the way to end homelessness.

By the way, as I mentioned in a comment a little while ago on my Sunday column post — after Rotary, Jack Van Loan mentioned that he'd received word that the mayor is mad at him over the subject of my column. Jack said his reaction was to tell the person who told him that to give the mayor his phone number…

8 thoughts on “Praying for some leadership in Columbia

  1. Randy E

    Brad, the whole state needs some leadership. There was $12M allocated for autism the past couple years. 600k was spent. They lost out on an additional 12M from federal matching funds. Given that the autism rate is greater than 1/150, there are 1000s of kids and families who were screwed by Sanford’s nihilistic government.

  2. KP

    Same thing, at least a couple of years ago, with early childhood education. Sanford insisted that the state provide 4K through a public-private partnership, so the Legislature gave a large proportion of 4K money to First Steps to administer through private organizations. But First Steps didn’t have the administrative structure to get the job done (according to their director) so millions that were available went unspent.
    Ideology first, pragmatism, well, whatever.

  3. Lee Muller

    I know these are rather obvious questions you overlooked, but…
    Who says the state NEEDED to spend an extra $12,000,000 on autism?
    Since all the studies so far show no persistant benefits from First Steps, 4K or 5K programs, shouldn’t we be scaling back spending on them?

  4. Randy E

    Lee, the next time you get an hour out of your padded cell, look up the programs provided for autism – specifcially ABA. The programs you cite don’t address autism.
    Why pick on families with kids who have autism? You are doing so well with your racist remarks.

  5. Lee Muller

    Actually, I have family members who work with autistic children, professionals.
    Just because federal money is available is no reason to spend it, if it is not NEEDED.
    FYI, autism has nothing to do with race.
    But then, most things that you lefties see as “racist” are not, but being racists yourselves, that’s your prism.

  6. Randy E

    I’ll add your family’s experience with autism to your long list; economist, fire chief, hall monitor, WIS reporter, rifleman…

  7. Lee Muller

    IOW, you don’t know enough to discuss autism, much less justify the spending of taxpayer dollars on anything related to it.
    That fits right in with your inability to justify most education spending, which is understandable – no one can justify tripling the spending on education in 30 years without any measurable improvement.

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