Born and raised in Sioux City, I cannot help but be concerned at what I am witnessing. Although, I live outside the city, I work and the subject matter I wish to speak about, directly affects me.
In the Journal, over the past several months, the issue of homelessness and lack of a detox facility was brought to light. I think the Journal, did a good job of showing the need. But it ended there.
If you read the news at all, it is smeared with all these exciting projects the city is planning. We have millions being spent on a hotel adjacent to the Convention Center. There is talk of a Ferris Wheel/Park on the water front. Then there is the tax breaks the city is being asked to give towards the Warrior Hotel.
I ask if I am the only one to see the disconnect? What does this city want to to be remembered for? Too many hotels, a Ferris Wheel? How about we be compassionate and take care of the less fortunate. They all have names, they all matter. The city cannot change the logistics of where most of the homeless and alcohol/substance abusers live and or walk around. They will remain in the downtown area, close to all your new projects.
My opinion, is very small. But we need to reevaluate our priorities. For us all ready in the trenches, carry on, there is hope. Brian Hagler, Lawton, Iowa