Letter: Homeless poet articulate but does disservice

He cast aspersions onto any city wishing to “be a destination tourist trap.”

After reading “Homeless poet casts light on darkness” for the second time in “Year in Review” published Dec. 28, I felt a need to respond.

Mr. La Greca is quoted as saying, “you would think that all of Vernon would be mine as I was born here, but I’m getting to the point where I’ve got a small, little, converted hotel room and that’s where I’m supposed to stay because people with big honking pickup trucks and fashions coming out their (butts) cannot accept that a person like me exists in Vernon. I have a right to be here as much as they do.”

Agencies he was referred to made no “real effort into solving problems for ordinary people who cannot fit into the middle-class ideal of what Vernon should be.” He cast aspersions onto any city wishing to “be a destination tourist trap.”

In response; B.C. is a tourist province/Vernon a lot to offer. Like many middle-class families in Vernon, we don’t own a “honking pickup truck” but do have a reliable vehicle (with a “honking” car payment), as well as a mortgage payment and requisite insurance, taxes and utility bills.

For Mr. La Greca to say that no one in Vernon makes a real effort to help; is disrespectful to all the agencies that assist those with every social issue (space does not permit me to name all.)

He has received mentoring as well as support through government agencies nearly all his life, including attendance at universities across Canada. While it is not clear who paid for his education, he quoted, “I found professors who espoused noble ideas and went around oppressing other individuals.”

Mr. La Greca, I hope your poetry book launch gave people a better insight into homelessness. While you were articulate, you did yourself and your community a great disservice.

By constantly deriding the middle class and the agencies that have helped you over the years; in addition to taking no responsibility for your own life choices, you have not furthered your cause.

Respect is a funny thing… it has to be earned and not just given.

Monique Hubbs-Michiel

Just Posted

Vernon killer granted absolute discharge, victim’s family responds

Kenneth Scott Barter was found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder in 2011 on a charge of second-degree murder of Nathan Mayrhofer.

Standing Still comedy show took place in Lumby Friday night

Hundreds lined up at Lumby’s community centre to attend the free show.

Author gives presentation on life in remote Nepal at Caetani House

Author Dorje Dolma presents her book Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Caetani Centre in Vernon.

Three Vernon-area organizations receive provincial grants

The province is providing a total of $673,124 in project development grants to support rural communities throughout B.C.

Lumby featured on CBC show Still Standing

Filming concludes Friday with a comedy show at the White Valley Community Centre.

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Most Read