Re "Ammiano bill on homeless is an embarrassment" (Editorials, Jan. 5): The robust debate you predict will not occur is happening as a result of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's willingness to put the rights of the homeless up for discussion, as if we should question the right of all people to shelter, mental health or addiction treatment.
It's foolish for The Bee to put up the straw man of homeless "Tom A" habitually blocking and fouling the entrance to a business as the future, if this bill passed.
The Homeless Bill of Rights protects homeless people from discrimination, not trespass laws. It prevents them from being criminalized just for being homeless. Right now, in Sacramento, homeless people may not sleep, outdoors, on public or private property. They are criminals for doing so under the city's anti-camping ordinance which should be repealed. Let the debate become more robust and may justice spread upon the face of the earth.
-- Mark Edwin Merin, Sacramento