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The homeless lower property values

Santa Maria

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What do I see, when a homeless person approaches me on the street (“Injustice to one is injustice to all,” March 19)? Well, it depends. Around downtown San Luis Obispo, most of the homeless are what appear to be young, able-bodied, healthy people who usually want a cigarette, even though I don’t smoke. And then they ask for money, because they say they are hungry: apparently not hungry enough to go get a job. When I see a homeless teenage girl asking for money, there is usually some guy who is with her, standing off to the side, while she does the mooching. And why do these homeless young people usually have a dog? If they can’t feed themselves, how do they expect to feed their dog?

If illegal immigrants can find their way here to work in the fields, and do it day in and day out to support their families, why can’t some of the homeless here do the same thing? It’s because people here feel sorry for them, give them clothes, food, whatever, and they are not willing to do what it takes to live a regular, normal life. You say you don’t want a normal, regular life like everyone else? You want a free lifestyle? Welcome to the real world; nothing is free. You can’t blame the economy; most of these people have been doing this for years. It’s a whole lot easier to sit around every day than it is to get up and go to work every day.

Barbara Walker (“Listen, council members,” March 19), do you know why the city council doesn’t listen when you want to put in motor-home parks, tent cities, let the homeless camp by the creek, or give them shelter according to their income? It’s because what you are suggesting will get anyone on the council who would back you fired. Recalled.

Nobody wants a homeless encampment anywhere near them. I know I don’t. It lowers the value of their property. It lowers the quality of life wherever there is a large number of homeless. Do you know why the council discussed businesses and mobile home parks for the elderly? It’s because people care about businesses and the elderly, who pay taxes and support themselves. No one wants the homeless here. And Ms. Walker, since you mentioned that you want everyone to leave you alone until they give you what you want, why don’t you homeless leave me alone and quit asking for money.

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