Letters to the Editor

Letters: When homeless people use restrooms in the library

City library janitor Sean Bloom cleans a bathroom where many homeless regularly take advantage of the public area in Sacramento.
City library janitor Sean Bloom cleans a bathroom where many homeless regularly take advantage of the public area in Sacramento. rpench@sacbee.com

Library has tough choices to make

Re “Homeless visit library – but not for the books” (Page 3A, May 20): I understand the library director’s dilemma. The public library must remain accessible to all, regardless of housing status. However, there is the viewpoint of the taxpayers who fund the library.

We taxpayers vote for tax increases and extensions for library resources. It’s rather discouraging to taxpayers that money intended for resources are being diverted to make repairs and clean up after homeless people. All parties involved: the library, the city and others must be more proactive in finding a solution to this problem, or taxpayers may become reluctant to vote for additional taxes to fund normal, regular library operations.

Jack Schwab, Fair Oaks

Why not restrooms for everybody?

Re “Homeless visit library – but not for the books” (Page 3A, May 20): I have wanted bathrooms available to the public – tourists, homeless whoever – for such a long time. My dream is coming true. When we traveled in Europe, I saw that near the train stations there was a large building devoted to public bathrooms. You paid a small amount to use them and to help monitor who is coming and going.

I think we should have such a place set aside for this purpose. It needs to have showers, stalls and urinals – one side is for men and one for women. Towels should be provided as well as soap. To get fancy, maybe Goodwill clothes could be available.

In this country, we think no one needs a bathroom and that is so silly. We all need one. We have to change the mindset that you just go wherever and whenever you want. People are not dogs!

Linda Claire Boyan, Woodland

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