Lack of Consideration Is a Real Problem

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 8, 2007

Dear Ms. Alexia,
    Re: The Oct. 5 “Postmark” "Panhandlers Are a Real Problem": Do you know any of the homeless citizens' stories? In other words, how did they become homeless? What are their circumstances? What's their story?
    Not everyone who is homeless is without a job – there is such a term as "the working homeless.” And for those who cannot "work" in the traditional sense, have you asked why they can't?
    Finally, many of us have the luxury of privacy within our homes, where we can let our guard down, drink a beer, read a book, take a shower, etc., whereas the homeless citizens' "homes" are outside, where everyone can view their more "private" "downtime" moments, such as drinking a beer.
    Furthermore, when a person is stripped of all dignity such as access to showers, decent clothing, privacy, access to venues that stimulate the mind – sometimes all that's left to quell the monotony of an abrasive survival is to swig a beer.
    Resolving the homeless problem is not as simple as slapping a Band-Aid on it with the mantra of "get a job" or with removing these citizens from sight. Plus it's tough to get a job when a person has no permanent address, no access to a shower, and must recover from the post-traumatic stress caused from living on the streets. And with today's real estate market, getting a job still does not guarantee that the subsequent paycheck will put a roof over somebody's head.
Allissa Chambers
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