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Posted on January 10 at 11:16 p.m.
Sorry had to chip in about that last comment... so I guess we can assume cancer only happens to those that let it happen to them... it's a combination of both, it's not one or the other... we're clearly dealt a deck of cards yes, and we have choices to make along the way as well, the deck of cards bit just makes it a little harder to make some choices rather than others... also, how does this guy's death have to do anything with his control over the situation, you don't know anything about the situation... .i get frustrated when i see people make all these wild assumptions and semi-accusations when the facts are not all on the table and, in truth of the matter, the only thing that actually means anything in this instance is that somebody met an untimely end one late afternoon, i don't think when he woke up that morning he planned on sitting down on the side walk at 5 30 pm and meeting his own end... i don't understand where all these assumptions are comming from, is it just that some people have to immidately jump to the chance to voice their prejudices and discriminations?? this guy is dead and he's being denigrated by people that hardly know anything about the full story... how do you know he didn't die from cancer, how do you know he didn't have a heart attack or a stroke, how do you know that??? leave him alone and let him rest in peace...
On Transient Man Dies Near Pershing Park
Posted on January 10 at 7:58 p.m.
I've read the last few comments, and kudos to z28racergirl for actually caring about someone's untimely death. As to "lifestyle choices," I'm failing to understand how you can so easily jump to assume this man had such horrible ones just because he was labeled a "transient" by the police. We first of all don't know the cause of death, and second of all we don't even know who the man is. It could have been anyone for all we know. As an example of why conclusions shouldn't be jumped to, I happen to know that the police in the area identify anyone there that doesn't have a Santa Barbara address as a "transient" in or around that park when they write out the millions of open container tickets. I mean you might be right that a lot of stuff they got these days for the "vagrants", isn't working, but that doesn't make it this guys fault that the system is flawed. There are some good services though that are provided to them, like Street Medicine that meets at Pershing Park (on Wed. nights I think), this poor guy just missed it by a few days.