Sept. 20, 2017 10:56 p.m.And there you have it...our elected leaders have created the Rio Grande crisis, they were bribed and extorted by the Gateway to fix it, and instead of doing the right thing, they have Utahans foot the bill, and already we see that the operation is a failure, for drugs have spread out to other streets, there is no treatment available for those who are forced to take it (being arrested and addicted), there are no jobs available that will pay sufficiently to get the homeless their own places to live with all that goes with it (just ask the workers of the owners of the Gateway businesses how much they make to survive), and martial law has been implemented with all of the police agencies working together as one Police State force. These are the consequences of making wrong choices, and we the people chose security over our inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, agency, and equality. These attempts to fix the crisis has resulted in an increase of crime even by those sworn to protect and serve us, thus we don't even have the security we voted and paid for, just like an insurance company when a crisis hits, which by definition is a gambling institution, which is illegal in Utah.
Truth2017 - Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 21, 2017 12:05 a.m.
I agree with Egypt. A quick recap.
Homeless population hurting land values and business at the gateway and adjacent areas. First idea, lets get city and state to build 3 new shelters away from rio. 1 was to be built in sugarhouse, protests forced change. Then draper suggested, protestors stopped that. Then put in ssl, small city, large refugee population, unable to fight back. Drugs, thefts rapes and murders will be ssl concern, at least gateway will be safe.
Still new shelters take time to build, wont get homeless out of rio for a few years. Operation rio paid by state, street closed to keep homeless out. Closed until shelter closed. Millions of tax payer dollars being spent for all of this. All because homeless must be moved out of rio. Why? Powerful people want them out of rio.
All the services for homeless are located nearby but roadhome must be moved.
This is 21 century fascism. Big money interest controlling the government for their profits. Making the tax payers subsidize the rich and powerful.
This is plain wrong.
I understand homeless have no voice. Still taxpayers should be outraged by all of this. I wish the media would do a story on the economics of rio closing.