When we use the “knee jerk response” to a situation, it always means that someone “gets kicked.” In this case, it’s the homeless who are sleeping in their “homes” overnight, which happen to be vehicles parked on SLO city streets. It’s a violation of “human rights” to deny sleep.
The Declaration of Independence was written to proclaim and fulfill “the wants, the will, and the hopes of the people ... all the people.” The homeless, like it or not, are a part of our community. The sooner we treat them as such, the sooner we can work together to come to a dignified response that provides “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all of us. This includes the homeless sleeping in their “homes” on the streets, as well as the rest of us who are fortunate enough to sleep in permanent structures, on the streets, that we call our homes.
What has happened to the Golden Rule that states we should treat others as we wish to be treated? Has society become so calloused and heartless that we no longer find the need to help our fellow man? There is a saying that one can judge a society by how it treats its less-fortunate members.
By ticketing the homeless parked at night on Prado (where they were told by the SLOPD to park), the police are making things worse for people who are already having a hard time. Have we forgotten that it’s poor sportsmanship to kick someone when they’re down?
-- Barbara Schippers - San Luis Obispo