Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
Should the United States become more involved in the Syrian civil war?
Yes 7 percent
No 86 percent
Not sure 7 percent
We need to fix our problems here before going out and fixing others.
We do not need to spill anymore of our militaries’ blood in some awful third world country. Hasn’t our Congress learned from Iraq and Afghanistan? We shouldn’t even be arming them as those arms will be used against us. Bring our men and women of the armed services home!
I could see aerial aid drops of food, clothing, medicine and communication equipment, but see great danger in involvement beyond humanitarian.
We should just cut a deal with Putin, since he’s spending money to arm the other side. For every million dollars worth of arms that he stops sending, we’ll send $1m less in arms to the other side. Everybody wins.
How would you rate the quality of life in NCW?
Great 46 percent
Good 33 percent
OK 4 percent
Not so good 15 percent
Lousy 2 percent
No floods, tornadoes, no residential homes destroyed by wildfires, no six murders in one day, no Baghdad, no Kabul, no Egypt, no Iran, no terrorists, no traffic jams, no long wait lines — just funky ‘ole Wenatchee.
I would rate it higher than life in most places, but I’m sure that many folks from other areas would tell me I am out of my mind for believing that. I feel that quality of life is relative, but no matter how we judge it almost all of us cling to it with an iron grip.
Seems to all depend on your income level. The one common denominator that makes a place a bad place to live is the people. It usually always ends up being those that think they are so much better than the others and do all the can do to control while shutting other humans out that do not fit the criteria set forth.
Should facilities that serve the homeless be allowed downtown?
Yes 39 percent
No 52 percent
Not sure 9 percent
I have nothing against helping them, but I don’t want Wenatchee to become like Seattle or Spokane with them being everywhere. I feel safe in Wenatchee, not those other cities where it’s a chronic problem.
As a community, we need a safe place for the homeless to live. Unfortunately, frequently with homelessness comes mental illness and poor judgment. The actions of those can have desecrating effects on businesses and shop owners who were there first!
The sad part is the homeless ARE everywhere, but we tend to shutter them off to poorer neighborhoods. A central location like downtown is good because it is accessible (remember the homeless have always been here). As citizens we should help but we can not do so on the backs of businesses.
Homeless shelters need to be where homeless people are. Any thinking to the contrary smells like some sick, Freudian case of “out of sight, out of mind.”
As long as the city will permit churches and homeless shelters in a retail area, property owners will rent to whomever. If retail property downtown was at a premium, churches and homeless shelters would not be able to afford the rent. Proper zoning and enforcement is the only thing that will solve this problem.
I’d like to say that I’ve lived downtown for about seven years now. The urination and defecation in the doorways and alleys has always been a problem since I’ve lived here. What you won’t hear about is how most of it comes from the drunken patrons of our local downtown bars.
The current poll question:
What’s your favorite kind of cherry?
Go to wenatcheeworld.com to vote.