Nothing says equity quite like urinating in public.
Public urination, defecation, and trash were all removed off the city’s list of criminal offenses earlier this month in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“People have to clean up where they have defecated right in front of your door of your business,” Becky Bil, a small business owner in the city said. “We can’t have that downtown.”
Cherri Emery, owner of Cherri’s Chocol’art, echoed Bil’s concerns, telling the news outlet that “I don’t understand why it would be proposed that the law would be less restrictive than it is now.”
“I don’t understand why we would make it easier for them,” Emery said.
I truly don’t understand the liberal mindset. I have tried and I just don’t think there is any understanding to it. You can’t logically comprehend what it illogical to begin with.
“I definitely empathize with the downtown business owners too. They have invested a lot to be in downtown, and a lot of those spots are mom and pop shops where that is their life income. We want to be respectful of that. We hear them. We are listening to them, and we care a lot, but we care about everybody in the community,” City Commissioner Christ Praedel said.
What he’s really saying is, “You have told us that you don’t like it. We hear you and we don’t care. These people need to take a dump somewhere and it needs to be in front of your business where everyone can see it instead of somewhere discrete.”
How is this caring about everybody in the community? This sounds like it’s caring about a handful of people in the community rather than the majority of the community. Is there a place for prioritizing a minority of the community? Sure, there is. But this isn’t the way that you do it.
“If you see a person who may be defecating, someone in their sane mind would not do that,” Commissioner Stephanie Hoffman said. “There is an issue, there is a trauma, there is a crisis going on.”
The point is, we shouldn’t bend over backwards to accommodate the actions of someone who is unable to think and act rationally. I’m not suggesting that we should do nothing at all, but this is not something we should support in any way. We try to take measures to avoid that. If cities actually cared about helping these folks, they wouldn’t throw away money every year like this. However, they waste that cash on trivial matters.