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Homelessness identified as top issue in Farmington area to be...

There are 29 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from May 27, 2014, titled Homelessness identified as top issue in Farmington area to be.... In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Residents who attended Farmington's community needs assessment meetings last week ranked homelessness as the city's largest issue that should be addressed with federal grants.

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XandO

United States

#1 May 29, 2014
Treat the drug and alcohol problem, and much of the area's homelessness would disappear.

SJC is a very poor, deprived area with little to offer and few opportunities. The cost of living in Farmington is relatively high, considering how lacking the town is in amenities--shopping, education, entertainment. Pretty much of a nothing place.
Whitey

United States

#2 May 30, 2014
How about a grant for this problem from the casino across the SJ river that rakes in a million dollars a day? 99% of the problem is theirs anyway.
Tim

Beverly Hills, CA

#3 May 30, 2014
Whitey wrote:
How about a grant for this problem from the casino across the SJ river that rakes in a million dollars a day? 99% of the problem is theirs anyway.
How is it their problem? Because it's Navajo owned and operated? What a bigot you are.
Indian guy

Las Cruces, NM

#4 May 30, 2014
Whitey wrote:
How about a grant for this problem from the casino across the SJ river that rakes in a million dollars a day? 99% of the problem is theirs anyway.
Otherwise, the other alternative should be to round up the natives, load them on a bus and drop them off in Shiprock and let the 'elected' Navajo Tribal Official GOvernment deal with the alcoholic problem. There is nothing bigot about SOLVING this issue. If a non-Navajo was creating 'issues' within the Navajo Tribal reservation, then by FEDERAL law, a Navajo Tribal member with Navajo Tribal support can request the bad White Man be removed from the reservation! This law is still in the Navajo Tribal Ordinance Books and Navajo Treaty that is sacred law of Navajo-land.

This is about as BIGOT and DISCRIMINATORY in the Navajo ranks as accusations are hurled in a legitimate scenerio that ANY CITY would face.
XandO

United States

#5 May 30, 2014
Sure. Let's round "them" up and put "them" someplace where "they" won't bother us.

Sigh. Reminds be of the old days.
useit

Rio Rancho, NM

#6 May 31, 2014
Free Red-Apple Flier rides from Farmington to Shiprock could do a lot to aleviate the problem. So many get a lift into town, but have no way back to the reservation after they're done in town.
XandO

United States

#7 May 31, 2014
The racism.......

You racists assume the homeless, drunk problem in Farmington is made up of Natives. Guess again.

Farmington is a racist little hole.
lolol

Rio Rancho, NM

#8 May 31, 2014
XandO wrote:
The racism.......
You racists assume the homeless, drunk problem in Farmington is made up of Natives. Guess again.
Farmington is a racist little hole.
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yes, residents just 'assume' what they can plainly see with their own eyes.
XandO

United States

#9 May 31, 2014
lolol wrote:
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yes, residents just 'assume' what they can plainly see with their own eyes.
Such ignorance. But, hey, what else can we expect from Farmington "residents"?
Then why are you

Las Cruces, NM

#10 May 31, 2014
XandO wrote:
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Such ignorance. But, hey, what else can we expect from Farmington "residents"?
in Peenix deciphering 'what is best' for Farmington residents. The Navajo Tribal Government (as a Sovereign Nation) has an out of control problem with alcoholism and illegal drugs. Until most families step up and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their own blood, then the obviously the taboo subject of an alcoholic Navajo becomes the 'problem' of the county, State, Federal.

You obviously know what is best considering your in the safety and security of a non-Navajo town/city with running water, sewer and all the modern day conveniences.
XandO

Gilbert, AZ

#11 May 31, 2014
Then why are you wrote:
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in Peenix deciphering 'what is best' for Farmington residents. The Navajo Tribal Government (as a Sovereign Nation) has an out of control problem with alcoholism and illegal drugs. Until most families step up and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their own blood, then the obviously the taboo subject of an alcoholic Navajo becomes the 'problem' of the county, State, Federal.
You obviously know what is best considering your in the safety and security of a non-Navajo town/city with running water, sewer and all the modern day conveniences.
You see.......a prime example of the stupidity that prevails in Farmington.

I'M located in Farmington; apparently, my ISP server is located in Phoenix.

It ain't rocket science.
Really

Huntsville, AL

#12 Jun 1, 2014
The homeless problem in Farmington is directly related to alcohol and drug abuse. I deal with these people on a daily basis so my observations have nothing to do with race and everything to do with reality.
The Navajo Nation does nothing to assist those members of the tribe who are living rough, drinking to excess and abusing drugs. FACT.
The MAJORITY of homeless people in Farmington are members of the Navajo Nation. FACT
Its absolutely not racist to expect a community to step up and assist those members who are suffering and at risk; what the Navajo Nation is failing to do is shocking when they want to insist their members are very important to them. They are doing NOTHING to help their members.
You and everyone else have a simple way to check out the FACTS; go read the dockets at the Magistrate and Municipal courts, check out the admissions records at the Four Winds treatment facility, go to Catholic Charities or the Daily Bread and show up at the Roof Homeless Shelter in the winter to see which ethnic group makes up the huge majority of the customer base. You'll soon find out its 90% Navajo. That's not racist, its the fact jack. If you want to tackle a problem, you first have to define it. Sticking your head in the sand and ignoring reality is a sure fire recipe for failure.
XabdO

Gilbert, AZ

#13 Jun 1, 2014
Really wrote:
The homeless problem in Farmington is directly related to alcohol and drug abuse. I deal with these people on a daily basis so my observations have nothing to do with race and everything to do with reality.
The Navajo Nation does nothing to assist those members of the tribe who are living rough, drinking to excess and abusing drugs. FACT.
The MAJORITY of homeless people in Farmington are members of the Navajo Nation. FACT
Its absolutely not racist to expect a community to step up and assist those members who are suffering and at risk; what the Navajo Nation is failing to do is shocking when they want to insist their members are very important to them. They are doing NOTHING to help their members.
You and everyone else have a simple way to check out the FACTS; go read the dockets at the Magistrate and Municipal courts, check out the admissions records at the Four Winds treatment facility, go to Catholic Charities or the Daily Bread and show up at the Roof Homeless Shelter in the winter to see which ethnic group makes up the huge majority of the customer base. You'll soon find out its 90% Navajo. That's not racist, its the fact jack. If you want to tackle a problem, you first have to define it. Sticking your head in the sand and ignoring reality is a sure fire recipe for failure.
Hey Jack, it's kinda like Blacks in America are arrested at a higher rate than whites. Is it because African Anercans are more prone to crime? Well, MANY say it's a racist thing.

Is Farmington a racist town? You bet it is. Does that figure into your numbers? You bet it does.....Jack.
Whitey

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 2, 2014
Non-Navajos do their binge drinking at home. Where it's necessary. Not out in the open.
Really

Huntsville, AL

#15 Jun 8, 2014
XabdO wrote:
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Hey Jack, it's kinda like Blacks in America are arrested at a higher rate than whites. Is it because African Anercans are more prone to crime? Well, MANY say it's a racist thing.
Is Farmington a racist town? You bet it is. Does that figure into your numbers? You bet it does.....Jack.
You are an idiot. Go out TODAY and check out the numbers and the ethnicity of those on the streets and abusing drugs and alcohol; 90% are Native American. It isn't racist to point out the truth. It isn't racist to say the Navajo Nation isn't doing a damn thing to help the situation or their tribal members.

It doesn't have a damn thing to do with racism. Who runs Catholic Charities? The Daily Bread or The Roof or The Path? Who administers and pays for Four Winds? Everyone but the Navajo Tribe. Racist? Just another excuse for not taking care of your own people.

Since: Jul 11

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#16 Jun 8, 2014
Really wrote:
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You are an idiot. Go out TODAY and check out the numbers and the ethnicity of those on the streets and abusing drugs and alcohol; 90% are Native American. It isn't racist to point out the truth. It isn't racist to say the Navajo Nation isn't doing a damn thing to help the situation or their tribal members.
It doesn't have a damn thing to do with racism. Who runs Catholic Charities? The Daily Bread or The Roof or The Path? Who administers and pays for Four Winds? Everyone but the Navajo Tribe. Racist? Just another excuse for not taking care of your own people.
Maybe your numbers will show where most of the local drug problem is at. And it's not comming from the Rez. Alcohol yes, hard drugs
Indian guy

United States

#17 Jun 9, 2014
Really wrote:
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You are an idiot. Go out TODAY and check out the numbers and the ethnicity of those on the streets and abusing drugs and alcohol; 90% are Native American. It isn't racist to point out the truth. It isn't racist to say the Navajo Nation isn't doing a damn thing to help the situation or their tribal members.
It doesn't have a damn thing to do with racism. Who runs Catholic Charities? The Daily Bread or The Roof or The Path? Who administers and pays for Four Winds? Everyone but the Navajo Tribe. Racist? Just another excuse for not taking care of your own people.
It really is long overdue for the Navajo Tribe to step up and take care of its 'tribal' members. Until the Navajo Tribe and its "nation" of people take responsibility for its fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, the ongoing cycle of alcoholism and denying their is a problem continues. Fact: I said NO to relative request to stay in my house while he serves his house arrest. Why should my family be under 'house arrest' while he gets 3 meals and cot. As a result he was taken away to jail. Unfortunately, for me, it appears I am the one to blame for him going to jail. But of course to relatives, never mind the fact that he was picked up and sentenced 3xs already. The BLAME should remain on the member - how did he get under house arrest in the first should be the question.
Travis

Beverly Hills, CA

#18 Jun 10, 2014
Really wrote:
The homeless problem in Farmington is directly related to alcohol and drug abuse. I deal with these people on a daily basis so my observations have nothing to do with race and everything to do with reality.
The Navajo Nation does nothing to assist those members of the tribe who are living rough, drinking to excess and abusing drugs. FACT.
The MAJORITY of homeless people in Farmington are members of the Navajo Nation. FACT
Its absolutely not racist to expect a community to step up and assist those members who are suffering and at risk; what the Navajo Nation is failing to do is shocking when they want to insist their members are very important to them. They are doing NOTHING to help their members.
You and everyone else have a simple way to check out the FACTS; go read the dockets at the Magistrate and Municipal courts, check out the admissions records at the Four Winds treatment facility, go to Catholic Charities or the Daily Bread and show up at the Roof Homeless Shelter in the winter to see which ethnic group makes up the huge majority of the customer base. You'll soon find out its 90% Navajo. That's not racist, its the fact jack. If you want to tackle a problem, you first have to define it. Sticking your head in the sand and ignoring reality is a sure fire recipe for failure.
Its not the Navajo Nations' responsibility for homeless jaans. It's their choice to be out in the street, since they were probably kicked out of their house for alcoholism, no responsibility or have PTSD, and/or mental problems. Living here in CA i see all kind of different nationalities, mainly white and black people living in the streets. Mostly from drug abuse, and mental illness, or hiding out from the law. There are treatment facilities, but they only use them as a bed & breakfast retreat, then back out in the streets after their 90 days,6 months or what have you, then come back again like a revolving door. The tribal government is only interested in themselves, not its members. Besides where is all the casino revenue money going? and they want to build 3 more?? They should be thinking about building treatment facilities for them, etc. They always talk about "The Beauty Way", well follow it up!
Bradley

Beverly Hills, CA

#19 Jun 23, 2014
The pale faces cause this whole problem.
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Jun 24, 2014
The tribe could fix 75% of the problem by allowing alcohol on the rez. DWI would drop, death by exposure would drop, pedestrian deaths would drop.

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