Not charity but enabling

04/21/2014 9:04 AM

04/22/2014 6:22 PM

Re "Neighbors say charity could add to burden" (Page A1, April 21): Kevin Johnson wants Sacramento to be a world class city. It looks more like Detroit to me: dirty with homeless people lounging everywhere. Now, Loaves and Fishes wants to expand. Their presence already depresses property values in the area. Why not relocate the charity to the undeveloped open land between South Sacramento and Elk Grove?

There are many diagnosed mentally ill who choose to take their medication, work and pay rent. The diagnosis of mental illness qualifies people for disability checks. The homeless camp illegally on public areas, making them unusable for taxpayers' families. They get free food and clothes. They spend their checks on drugs and alcohol.

There is a difference between charity and enabling. I have no sympathy for people who choose to be homeless as a lifestyle. They are obviously functional enough to work the system.

-- Shari Baelfyr, Rio Linda

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