As you can see from the document, though, the HPOA isn’t making this move because they’ve been overcome with good sense or love of Jesus or disavowal of the Nazi roots of the idea or anything positive like that. Instead, sadly,1 the reason given is “[l]ack of support for sponsorship.” We’ve long suspected that a lot of the HPOA’s punitive, moralistic policy towards the homeless is due to the bluenosed Mrs. Grundyism of its leader rather than any genuine feeling of its constituents. This episode is one more tidbit of evidence in favor of that hypothesis. There’ll be more to come! Meanwhile, since the donation stations have that 1960s smiley-faced vibe, here, for your literary delectation, is smiley-face-contemporary poet Richard Brautigan’s take on such matters:
I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.
- Sadly for the state of their immortal souls, that is.
Image of HPOA agents on Hollywood Blvd. is public domain due to its having been made by the Department of War during the occupation. It came to us via Wikimedia Clip from the HPOA newsletter is a public record.