Who Evicted Beulah Toombs?

I was asking for the name of the 89-year-old who was evicted from her HUD home, and Charles Burns has provided it: Her name was Beulah Toombs, and it happened 5 years ago, and I didn’t pick up the story.

Beulah Toombs, an 89-year-old resident of Ohio, is being forced out of her home for refusing to quit smoking. Toombs lives in Cincinnati’s AHEPA 127 Apartments, a building for low-income seniors whose rent is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, building residents were given one year to quit smoking when the building went totally smoke-free in 2013. Toombs refused. “I don’t think so,” she told the Enquirer. “This is my home, and I think you can do whatever you want to in your home.”

Clearly, Beulah is a badass (and a healthy one at that—the Enquirer reports that despite her lifelong cigarette habit, Toombs is in remarkably good health). But badassery is frowned on by building management, who deemed Toombs “non-compliant” after maintenance workers spotted ashtrays and cigarette butts in her apartment and another resident reported seeing a lighter and cigarette inside. Toombs is now being forced to evacuate by the end of April.

“My mom is getting older, and this is causing her so much stress,” her daughter, Mary Ann Burgoyne, told the Enquirer. “She kept telling me that she was paying her rent. She was a little confused. She thought they might put her in a debtors prison.”

Burgoyne approached a senior-advocacy group for help, but said they declined, saying her mom should quit smoking.

The group probably couldn’t have done much anyway—and that’s somewhat as it should be. Toombs’ apartment building is private property, and owners are free to impose whatever rules they like on tenants who choose to live there. If tenants don’t like the rules, they’re free to move somewhere else, as Toombs is doing. “This is the free market at its best,” one commenter on the Enquirer article wrote.

I wouldn’t go that far. Private properties subsidized by the government aren’t exactly “free market.” Toombs’ building is part of a national network of HUD-subsidized AHEPA apartment buildings for low-income seniors.

HUD doesn’t have the authority to force subsidized but privately-owned apartments buildings to go smoke-free. But it has been encouraging them to do so. Since 2010, HUD has been sending notices to property owners pressuring them to implement smoke-free housing policies.

When the folks in charge of your financing strongly suggest something, that’s a strong incentive to do it. I’d wager many low-income buildings wouldn’t be instituting no-smoking policies if it weren’t for HUD butting in.

At Toombs’ building, it doesn’t seem like residents were calling for the change. “I have been in this apartment bulding many times as my Mother lived there before she passed away a year ago this March,” Trisha Dufresne commented on the Enquirer article. “It is very clean and you can’t smell the smoke from inside the tenants apartments, so no one is really getting second hand smoke.”

Good thing HUD was around to stop the menace of an old lady unobtrusively smoking within the confines of her apartment!

More proof that government will use any particular power you grant it (in Toombs’ case, by living in subsidized housing) as an excuse to reach into totally unrelated areas of your life. But hey, I mean, people should quit smoking anyway, right? I’m sure Toombs will be comforted through her stressful move knowing HUD was just trying to help her.

For me, the next question to ask is: Who did this to her? There has to be some little bastard in HUD or somewhere who signed the eviction order. And there’ll be some Adolf Eichmann somewhere else organising the mass eviction of smokers. Who are they? What are their names? When are they going to be held to account?

In the USA today, AG William Barr is starting an investigation of how the vast Russia Collusion smear campaign against Donald Trump started. He’ll be wanting to find out who was responsible for it. We have lots of names already being tossed around: Christopher Steele. James Comey. John Brennan. Hillary Clinton. Maybe even Barack Obama. The task of the investigators is to find out: Who did this? And they’ll probably be able to find out. Maybe they already know.

The same needs to happen with Beulah Toombs. It’s no good saying that it all grows out of a widespread antismoking mentality among the millions of brainwashed citizens who mindlessly hate and fear and have dehumanized smokers. Somebody had to sign that eviction order? Just like somebody had to sign up for Britain to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

These people must be hunted down. They must be hunted to the ends of the earth. They must be brought to account.

Kentucky.com

STANTON – Beulah Ledford Toombs, 92, widow of Ernest Lee Toombs, died Wed. Services Sun 2pm Davis & Davis FH. Visit Sun 1pm. www.ddfh.net

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Dec. 16, 2016

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24 Responses to Who Evicted Beulah Toombs?

  1. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Totally agree Frank. They must be hunted down and brought to account. Similarly in the UK where we have many of our own bullies.

  2. Joe L. says:

    The stress of the ordeal must have taken it’s toll on the poor widow. The article you quoted states that in 2014, at 89 years old, Toombs was in “remarkably good health”, yet she died just over two years later, in 2016, at the age of 92. Very sad.

    This article lists the name of the manager of the AHEPA 127 apartments which Toombs was evicted from as Amy Lyn Moore:

    The AHEPA 127 manager, Amy Lyn Moore, would not talk about the “situation” with Toombs. “What I can say is we have no comment,” Moore said.

    Amy Lyn Moore is very likely the heartless bastard who signed Toombs’ eviction order.

  3. magnetic01 says:

    Frank, we have both commented on this ban derangement before. See comments:
    https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/a-week-in-the-life/

    It’s happening all over – Australia, America, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Germany.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I get this clicking on your lancasteronline links:

      451: Unavailable due to legal reasons

      We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact customerservice@lnpnews.com or call (717) 291-8611.

      • Philip Neal says:

        Frank, you can get round this by using a VPN or proxy server to disguise your whereabouts. I use Opera browser, which has rudimentary VPN functionality, and I could access the link. (For the time being at least. Some countries have banned VPNs, and the EU can only get worse.) Also, periodically clear cookies as they can reveal your location.

  4. magnetic01 says:

    I’ve clicked through on both and they work. However, there’s a 5-second gap to a paywall. Managed to copy one of the links:

    Evicted, mentally disabled senior wanders Lancaster in the cold, lands at Mission
    • By JEFF HAWKES | Staff Writer

    • Jan 24, 2014

    On Friday, not long after sunrise, Robert W. Miller, 73, donned a medium-weight jacket, a pair of gloves and a well-worn Phillies cap.
    He knew a constable was coming.
    Facing eviction at 9 a.m. from his subsidized apartment at Lancaster House North, 335 N. Prince St., Miller was anxious about being dislodged from his home of 13 years for breaking the rules.
    A bachelor with a mental health diagnosis, Miller had continued smoking in his one-bedroom apartment after the 12-story senior tower went smoke-free Sept. 1. HDC MidAtlantic, the building’s owner, gave Miller several warnings and then gave him the boot.
    A trim, white-haired man supported by a small government check, Miller had no other housing options. A social worker was coming to take him to Water Street Mission, and he did not want to go.
    So about 7:30 a.m., Miller stepped out into the biting cold and kept walking, telling no one.
    For the next six hours, Miller was missing. No one knew where he had gone. No one knew if he was coming back.
    Social workers visited or called Miller’s favorite haunts, such as Central Market, the Neptune Diner, the library. They also checked the Mission.
    Miller was nowhere to be found.
    By late morning, HDC president Michael Carper issued a statement expressing concern for Miller’s safety, but also saying the eviction would move forward because of multiple lease violations in addition to smoking.
    “My staff will ensure that Mr. Miller is treated with respect and will have a safe place to go,” Carper said, noting that HDC social workers have worked with Miller for several months.
    “HDC does not evict residents without making every effort to preserve their housing,” Carper said in a statement. “We also have to be concerned about all residents of a building and their welfare and rights as well.”
    Updating a story about the pending eviction, LancasterOnline posted a story at 10:36 am. Friday about Miller being missing.
    Then, about three hours later, a worker at Smiley’s Deli, 402 N. Duke St., a place Miller used to frequent, recognized Miller walking by. Having seen the news accounts, the worker informed deli owner Ken Smiley, who chased Miller down and invited him in for coffee and a ham hoagie, his favorite.
    After Miller’s brothers — Barry Bankler and Ed Miller — and three social workers arrived at Smiley’s, Miller agreed to go with them to the Mission.
    Late in the afternoon, he was sitting on a cot in a narrow, charmless dormitory room at the Mission he shared with another older man.
    “I haven’t gotten a fair deal through all this,” Miller said. “It’s a wrong deal.”
    Miller and his brothers said they didn’t think it was fair for a district justice to go ahead with an eviction hearing Jan. 2 when Miller was an inpatient at Friends Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Philadelphia.
    Miller was a patient at the hospital from Dec. 17. to Jan. 16. Bankler said he informed District Justice Bruce Roth’s staff of his brother’s hospitalization.
    Bankler said his brother was glum about being at the Mission because he “feels like he’s going to be here forever.”
    But Bankler said the county social workers told him that now that Miller is officially homeless, it will be easier to find him a permanent new home.
    “They said it could take a week,” Bankler said.
    About those six hours when no one knew where he was, Miller said he was walking around town.
    His first stop was Neptune Diner, 924 N. Prince St., where he had bacon and eggs. “I stay there a half-hour or hour,” he said.
    He then went to Mangat Mini Market, 44 E. Liberty St., to buy instant lottery tickets. “I won some, lost some,” he said.
    Then he walked to the first block of East Ross Street and gazed at the home where he had lived for many years with his mother before her death in February 1999.
    “I couldn’t do very much, but I could look it over,” Miller said.
    Then he walked along Cherry Street, passing his doctor’s office. And eventually he passed Smiley’s Deli.
    Smiley said Miller had been an almost-daily customer, buying a ham sub, candy bars and a pack of cigarettes. But this fall, when something upset him, Miller began throwing things, and Smiley told him he was no longer welcome.
    Later, Miller returned in tears and hugged Smiley to apologize, Smiley said. But on another occasion Miller again threw things.
    At Water Street, president Charles Parker said, “When someone comes in like this, if they’re connected with services and things have fallen apart, we try to facilitate reconnection. We can keep them in a safe, stable place until they can reconnect.”
    Miller said he was willing to stay at Water Street while permanent housing was sought.
    “I’ll stay here for awhile,” he said, “but if nothing happens pretty soon, I don’t know.”

    https://lancasteronline.com/lancaster/news/evicted-mentally-disabled-senior-wanders-lancaster-in-the-cold-lands/article_6f631932-8559-11e3-8ad6-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

    • Frank Davis says:

      the building’s owner, gave Miller several warnings and then gave him the boot.

      Who was the building’s owner? It would seem that this was the bastard that evicted him.

  5. Roobeedoo2 says:

  6. EG says:

    She lived in government “subsidized” housing which all of her family subsidized many times over, I’m sure. She lived in Ohio and looked fine. And then she could not believe that normal people from her own state would treat her like they did. There was more but it seems to be missing.

  7. Smoking Lamp says:

    Well here is the face of one antismoker activist (a wayne County Commissioner that pushed for the Michigan smoking ban). Note that 9 years later they are still extolling the virus of the ban. I guess relentless propaganda is needed since there never was real support for the ban (here or elsewhere) except among the antismoker activists and their sock puppet charities (read pressure groups).

    “The job-killer that wasn’t: 9 years later, smoking ban is a clear win” https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/brian-dickerson/2019/05/03/restaurant-smoking-ban/3661117002/

  8. Smoking Lamp says:

    And another set of antismokers promoting apartment and condo bans, this time in Vancouver the antismoker activist is a mother claiming second hans smoke (or even just the odor of smoke) is harming her and her infant. The claims defy rational experience and the laws of physics on this planet:

    “To block air passages to stop smoke rising into their suite, she and her husband have made a number of modifications to their home. They include taking out electrical outlets and filling them with special foam to minimize air flow. They’ve added extra caulking and sealant along the baseboards in the master bedroom. They also did the same in the bathroom around the fixtures and the tub.”

    Here we see hysteria and extreme prejudice being exploited by the antismoking pressure grounds. Indeed, in this case, Dr. Stuart Kreisman, local representative for Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, said Baker’s petition calling for a ban on smoking is completely justified.” He continues, “Given that this conflict is unavoidable, I think the rights and freedoms of the person interested in a healthy lifestyle who is not affecting anyone else needs to supersede those of someone who is directly harming others,”

    Nevermind, that the majority of studies on second hand smoke demonstrate no real harm is caused by second hand smoke (e.g. Engstrom & Kabet, Boffetta, et. al) the antismokers suppress their results and promote antismoking sentiment by using false or manipulated data (or obscuring the actual data).

    “Condo resident starts petition to ban smoking in all B.C. multi-unit dwellings” https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/condo-resident-starts-petition-to-ban-smoking-in-all-multi-unit-dwellings

  9. Charles Burns says:

    It’s an outrage. She spent her last years homeless, in her 90s. This could happen to me any day. Tobacco Control is ready to kill people. This is War. Tobacco Control must be destroyed by any means necessary. Find out their names, dig up scandals. Some of them must be diverting funds abusing children or women sexually or violently, you name it, I’m sure they’re doing it. We have to use the weapons of the progressive left against them.

    • Frank Davis says:

      She spent her last years homeless, in her 90s.

      Source?

      • Charles Burns says:

        I guess we don’t know. Hopefully her daughter took her in. At least she was fortunate enough to have family. It seems as if she didn’t understand that the landlords were serious about the smoking ban. Apparently the thought that as long as she paid her rent she would be alright. It’s completely outrageous, and happening every day in America

  10. beobrigitte says:

    Beulah Toombs, an 89-year-old resident of Ohio, is being forced out of her home for refusing to quit smoking.
    Clearly this woman at the time was living proof that the anti-smokers are liars. It is common knowledge that stress combined with misery is a killer.

    On Friday, not long after sunrise, Robert W. Miller, 73, donned a medium-weight jacket, a pair of gloves and a well-worn Phillies cap.
    He knew a constable was coming.
    Facing eviction at 9 a.m. from his subsidized apartment at Lancaster House North, 335 N. Prince St., Miller was anxious about being dislodged from his home of 13 years for breaking the rules.
    A bachelor with a mental health diagnosis, Miller had continued smoking in his one-bedroom apartment after the 12-story senior tower went smoke-free Sept. 1. HDC MidAtlantic, the building’s owner, gave Miller several warnings and then gave him the boot.

    (please refer to magnetic01 comment above)
    These cases remind me of a short story I read many years back and in which car drivers who killed old people in the streets were earning good money doing so. Yet another old smoker who just won’t die, so the anti-smokers cause stress and misery.

    It’s no good saying that it all grows out of a widespread antismoking mentality among the millions of brainwashed citizens who mindlessly hate and fear and have dehumanized smokers. Somebody had to sign that eviction order? Just like somebody had to sign up for Britain to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

    These people must be hunted down. They must be hunted to the ends of the earth. They must be brought to account.
    A 300 year sentence in the worst prison on this planet + all their wealth distributed amongst the people they harmed seems an appropriate punishment.

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