Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

A little less than a year ago, I wrote a post mentioning that New York City was going to begin charging those homeless who were working "rent." The policy was meant to bring NYC into compliance with a 1997 New York state law.

Amid public outcry and criticism and a potential lawsuit, (not to mention a few major snafus regarding how the city was determining how much "rent" to charge) the city sidelined the policy – until last week, when the Bloomberg administration announced it would re-instate the "rent" requirement.   (more…)


On the website, the word "homeless" is defined in the following manner:


1. without a home: a homeless child.

2. the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.

It’s interesting to note that nothing in the definition makes any allusions to a person’s moral character. If anything, the definition describes a socio-economic condition and nothing more. Yet, there are those who are convinced that a person who is homeless is somehow of a less "reputable character" than someone who isn’t homeless. In fact, there are even those who view the homeless as being of a criminal ilk.   (more…)

I read an interesting opinion column in the Christian Science Monitor on Friday. It was about the how folks in Vancouver, British Columbia, were being impacted due to their city’s hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

One of the first things I noted was the cost.   (more…)

Dear Mr. Lombardini,

First, thank you for taking the time to read my post: "Help The Homeless, Go To Jail. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200."

As for your comment to that post and the email you sent afterward – I understand your desire to defend Mr. De Vaul and Sunny Acres.

As I read through them, two thoughts went through my mind: "two wrongs don’t make a right" and "the ends do not justify the means."   (more…)

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration would order that top executives at companies which received the largest amounts of TARP bail out money would have their salaries cut.

The pay cuts would affect a combined total of 25 executives at: "… Citigroup, Bank of America, American International Group, General Motors, Chrysler and the financing arms of the two automakers."

A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that approximately 71 percent of Americans support the administration’s placing pay limits on companies who received federal bail out money.   (more…)