Have some compassion

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 10:02 am

Re "Don't be an enabler" (Letters, Feb. 16): While letter writer Robert Parrish was writing from the comfort of his home in the enclave of Granite Bay, six homeless people I know were fouling, to use his word, Arden area streets.

They spend their days looking for bottles and cans in dumpsters to take to the recycling center. At night, they play cat and mouse with authorities for places to sleep. They are not drug addicts or thieves. They were all employed. They want jobs, but are no longer employable, mostly because it's hard to be presentable for job interviews without access to showers and clean clothes.

The homeless problem is complex and there are no simple solutions. One place to start, however, is to have compassion for our fellow human beings.

-- Richard G. Heltzel, Sacramento

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