Today, in Pueblo County, there were two great community events being put on by organizations that are closely involved with the people of this area.
Posada, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to people who are homeless or who have serious problems being able to take care of basic necessities with their families. I talked to the director for a brief time, learning about some of the issues for Pueblo County. Energy costs, thanks to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Black Hills Energy (BHE), are sky-rocketing. While BHE posts amazing profits – people on fixed incomes or that have lost their income – are getting their energy shut off. With new deposit requirements, sometimes it is nearly impossible for these same people to get their energy turned back on. A vicious cycle. Listen, I am a hard-core capitalist, but why is it that the government (PUC) is so closely tied to industry (BHE)? Could there be any room for problems? I think so. Innocent people suffer when those in positions of power (both government and industry) take advantage of loopholes in our “laws” and business environment. Innocent people suffer – and that is wrong.
More and more people become homeless. As a matter of fact, if I did not have a family to fall back on after the economic chaos in 2008, I myself would be homeless. I work 70 hours a week, I work hard – there are many people like me who are suffering due to the atrocities happening at a federal level. This must stop.
I was also able to go to an event put on by the Bessemer Historical Society. This event had a great car-show, chili vendors, and other small businesses and organizations with booths helping to educate and sell products to the community. I walked around with a good friend, and got to shake hands with some amazing people. It doesn’t matter if they were Democrat or Republican, the people that I spoke to were great people. And that is what community is all about.
Oftentimes, we forget how important it is to know the people around you, to lend a helping hand, and to love people as much as you can. Our society is far away from that – there are pockets of good, and pockets of bad – what we need it so work together – the people need to work together to find actual positive and actionable solutions at a local, state, and federal level. It is up to us – I don’t care what political affiliation you are.