Homeless enabling

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Re "Faces of the Homeless" (Forum, Feb. 9): Cynthia Hubert makes a valiant effort to tug at our heartstrings and feel compassion for the homeless. Sorry. No sale.

She profiles someone who lived on the street because of his desire for freedom, a (former?) meth addict and someone who abandoned his family for the lure of the open road. Only two people she mentioned are deserving of any compassion from me: someone made indigent by medical bills and another by mental illness.

The real focus of this article should be that many homeless are, in fact, being enabled by hyper-compassionate folks like Hubert and by public policies that fail to protect us from the scourge of homeless people. Those who are mentally ill should be receiving treatment and the blameless indigent directed to social programs. The others should be arrested for vagrancy and put to work cleaning the streets they've fouled.

-- Robert Parrish, Granite Bay

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