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Help the homeless

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2004

You're sitting under the bridge, you're wet and cold, it's 25 degrees out. You're so hungry that dirt starts to sound appealing. It gets worse. You look to the small bundle on your right, your baby girl, curled up in a ball trying to sleep.

I am doing a research project on homeless people. Did you know that on average 3 million people go homeless a year in America? I didn't either.

Some people say that they bring it upon themselves, but is that really fair to say? Everyone makes mistakes; some just have bigger consequences than others, but is that an excuse to let people freeze to death? I don't think so.

Is it an issue of communities failing their people, our society failing our nation?

I'm sure you have all noticed the numerous empty buildings around our town. It's a waste of space. Why doesn't our community do something with them? I know money is an issue, but did you know that kids get paid $100 to give out information on other kids doing drugs? We could use that money for something really useful like giving someone a place to sleep at night, food to eat and clothes to wear.

Regardless if homeless people bring it upon themselves, they are part of our community and should be treated so.

Amanda Behrends

Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative Option High School



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