Letter writers Sarah Cool (5/24) and Rita D. Pearce (5/26) are concerned about homeless men being removed from their camps in the Northland (5/19, A-1). Ms. Pearce says that “in her experience” these men are not a threat to public safety. How does she know? She states that many of them have mental problems, which can lead to substance abuse. Would she want these people living on her property if she had children or grandchildren who played where there may be a “camp?”
Ms. Cool, no, we do not think all homeless people are going to burglarize us, molest our children and wreak havoc in our neighborhoods, but one could. Do you want your house to be broken into or something to happen to your child or a neighbor’s child? These men are being removed from private property where they have set up “house.”
Ms. Cool, have you thought of rallying authorities, friends and neighbors to help start a shelter and a soup kitchen in Liberty? How many homeless people have you invited in for a meal “to get to know them,” and how big is the camp you have offered in your yard?