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Not homeless, but heartless

January 29, 2012
Morning Journal News


This is in response to the story titled "People squawk, shelter stays."

Michelle Seidner stated, "We don't want the riffraff down there," calling it a lousy location. "Everyone down there has kids, and it's right next to the bike trail."

Um, Michelle, do you know the word stereotype? Riffraff? Really? The meaning of riffraff by the way is common people (working class). Do you know any homeless people? Do you volunteer? Do you give to your local food pantry? Let me enlighten you of who a homeless person or person(s) maybe.

Some causes would be: Unavailability of employment opportunities, poverty, lack of accessible health care, natural disasters, mental disorder, disability, social exclusion, lack of affordable housing, domestic violence, forced eviction, mortgage foreclosures. Foreclosures on landlords often lead to eviction of their tenants.

People should educate themselves before speaking. To say the homeless are going to get my daughter is a little absurd. Do you know how many registered sex offenders are in Lisbon? Twenty-two. Oh, and some even live on Washington Street already. While some homeless could be ex-criminals or homeless from substance abuse but not all that would be stereotyping, the CAA did say they screen the applicants

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Josh Kupka




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