Time to Get the Hell Out of Town

by lizard

I had no idea when we planned our late summer getaway to Colorado earlier this year how badly I would need the break from Missoula.

On Montana Public Radio yesterday there was a story that preceded the Walsh scandal, a story that’s really rattled me. While most of Missoula was gearing up for Sir Paul’s performance on Tuesday, a body was being pulled out of the Clark Fork River. The investigation moved fast, and for good reason. Details of what happened to his 36 year old HUMAN BEING are incredibly disturbing. I don’t feel like getting into the details, but you can read about it here if you want.

Then, later in the week, a “transient” was caught raping a 50 year old woman (also homeless) in broad daylight downtown, in an alley. A passerby saw the rape in progress and called police.

I wish I could more explicitly counter the homeless hysteria coming. I wish distinctions could be made between the vast majority of people in need of temporary shelter and a meal once in awhile, and the small percentage of drifters and drug-fueled criminals who commit heinous acts of violence.

But I can’t, because I’m over capacity.

Hopefully I’ll keep the posting light while I’m gone.

Stay safe, Missoula. I’m out of here.

  1. lizard19

    I should add participants of Missoula’s downtown bar scene are very nice to the transients. I spent an hour last night sitting next to an older, decrepit alcoholic, and in just that amount of time a drunk bro gave him a $20 dollar bill, another dude gave the guy $4 bucks, and a young woman showed us her boobs, because nothing shows compassion to the chronically homeless than a quick flash of busty breasts.

    • petetalbot

      Liz says: “I should add participants of Missoula’s downtown bar scene are very nice to the transients.” Maybe ’cause, “there but for the grace of God go I.” (John Bradford, 1510-1555)

      • lizard19

        at least some folks are making a little money while people drink themselves to death on the streets. the economic stimulus of alcohol abuse is the lifeblood of downtown.

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