America Gone Wrong: A Slashed Safety Net Turns Libraries into Homeless Shelters
A dirty little secret about America is that public libraries have become de facto daytime shelters for the nation’s street people while librarians are increasingly our unofficial social workers for the homeless and mentally disturbed.
Even if treatment options were not so scarce and inadequate, many of the mentally ill would not get treatment because they refuse to be treated. Paranoia is rampant on the street and paranoid people do not willingly submit to strange doctors and nurses who might “implant” something in them — or worse. The cops, paramedics, and social workers can’t take a person to the hospital just because he is ranting incoherently. He has to be a danger to himself or others.
Someone who is filthy, a vector for disease, and talks out loud to nobody is a danger, period.
You don’t have the balls to do something?
Give me free license and it will get done.