Mr. Williams, I do not know you, nor do I know anything about you. However, walking along Hastings Street and seeing your display of debris, I think, for now, I know enough.
Your exhibition of this wreckage in a densely populated block, such as the 100 block East Hastings street, is a deliberate assault on all that is decent. Many of our neighbours living next to your dump have health problems; we have been turned into living vacuum cleaners for your filth.
Without a doubt there is money here, which you are after, and unfortunately for us it seems to be your only focus. Here will be the catch: I do not believe that we are spiritually disconnected from the way we make a living, and that is where we start paying, I am certain of that. What has been the cost to others of our greed? Sooner or later, the question will come up!
Many of my neighbours, myself included, are very poor; for the most part this can all be remedied with some economic help/windfall. The kind of poverty you are experiencing, Mr. Williams, is not fixed that easily.
It will involve some soul searching, some awareness of our fellow human-beings’ needs, and some humility. And we know, none of this can be bought at a store. Hard work is what it is, but rewarding! Oh yes, and respect for self and others.
With all the criticism and with all the insults this community has endured about its appearance, what you are doing with your property here is making us look good!
This is our invitation for you to look past the buck, if only for a moment, and start looking at what you are not seeing. If you are wondering whether your attack on us worked, you could have stopped a long time ago; we know when we are being insulted!!