Jan 24, 2014

The Homeless and The Odd Couple

Yesterday, I praised those advocates campaigning for the homeless. In eight days their efforts resulted in another shelter venue for the homeless, the YMCA, opening it's doors. More importingly, they motivated some elected officials, from both the city and county, to visit Safe Haven at St. Pauls. I also noted the about face taken by the city, which has been slow poking on this issue for eight years. The ink had barely dryed on the memo about adequate shelter space already being available, when Pawlowski announced that the YMCA would be joining the shelter options. But this post is about the man who joined Pawlowski, Tom Muller. When the advocates for the homeless pleaded with City Council last week, Muller sat quietly in the back of the room, studying the situation. This Wednesday evening one of the advocates, Rich Fegley, found County Commissioner Scott Ott sitting on the floor in St. Paul's basement, conversing with a homeless man. Ott has a background in lay ministry. Tom Muller apparently has a heart. Although these two men opposed each other this past November for County Executive, and see the mission of the county much differently, their mutual concern could have a positive result for the homeless.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike,

I am so confused? "Darkside Bernie" told me that Ott was a cold hearted snake that wanted people to die. How can this be?

Regardless it is good to see these pols step up and address the suffering and have compassion for these folks. God bless.

X

michael molovinsky said...

@8:21, not sure how genuine your blessing is, you don't seem to have much compassion for bernie. be careful, or you'll end up like the blog mentor, trying to sneak in comments.

Anonymous said...

It's good when politics can be set aside for humanity...

Alfonso Todd

www.alfonsotodd.com

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Naw, I like Bernie for the fire in his belly, albeit misplaced sometimes. It is a give and take thing with Bernie, that is what makes him special. I had a chuckle when Bernie was lobbying for Muller and didn't pay attention to his own backyard. Brown won!

Its all good, now we get to watch Bernie blow a gasket over everything Brown does.

In regards to that "somebody", they need to move on. Hate can consume you. I am sadden for their loss and the suffering that has followed. May they find peace one day. Prayers.

X