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Letter to the editor: Helping the poor

To the editor:

We have just been through a brutal stretch of winter weather. Can you imagine what it would be like to be homeless in such conditions?

There have been many stories of homeless people coming to a tragic end — some of them combat veterans who lost their jobs, and some of them children.

There are charities that help the homeless — and often do good work, as far as it goes. But such charities are chronically underfunded, and may not be present — or present with sufficient capability — where needed. Charitable provision is likely to be inadequate, especially in poorer areas.

I believe that it ought to be generally recognized that it is a public obligation — and a responsibility of the government — to help the least fortunate of our citizens.

It could be done. What I envision as basic is a series of barracks-like shelters, established where needed across the country. They could be staffed by government workers who would provide security and meals, help the homeless people get medical care, and, for those who are able, find work.

It probably could all be funded for less than the cost of one more aircraft carrier.

And as John Stuart Mill observed, “Since the state must necessarily provide subsistence for the criminal poor while undergoing punishment, not to do the same for the poor who have not offended is to give a premium on crime.”

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Brock Masters

Our country has its priorities wrong. We worry too much about illegal aliens in this country, other nations and waging illegal wars instead of helping our own.

Look at all the money spent on foreign aid and the wars in the Middle East - think the good that money, food, shelter, education, could have done for Americans.

We see marches for illegal aliens who thumb their nose at our laws, we see politicians rail non-stop to protect those here illegally and offer sanctuary to them - where are they when it comes to protecting Americans in need - nowhere.

America first- our people need it and deserve it.

1 week, 5 days ago

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Ken Lassman

Please remember this when it's time to look at funding for social services. The discussions should be around how to minimize waste and maximize effectiveness in helping people get through their thin times, not whether to help your fellow Americans who for various reasons are without home, food or a means to make a living.

1 week, 5 days ago

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Brock Masters

And I suggested we should discuss whether or not to help our fellow American how? You cannot read very well if you believe anything I wrote suggests helping our fellow Americans should be up for debate. FOCUS

1 week, 5 days ago

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Ken Lassman

Hey, excuse me for making sure that you really think supporting social services is a given and not up to debate. You and I are on the same page then--thanks for clarifying this for me, if not for others as well.

1 week, 4 days ago

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Brock Masters

We need to invest in education, provide mental health access and ensure the vulnerable are safe, sheltered and fed.

We squander billions of dollars on pork projects, helping countries that hate us, education illegal aliens, so we need to get our priorities straight, put Americans first and help them achieve the American dream or at least be sheltered and fed before we worry about other counties, bridges to nowhere and helping illegal,aliens

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Steve Hicks

Glad to hear you on the side of doing the right thing for people who need our help, Brock.

Mr. Douglass would be the one to say...but I don't hear nationalism ("America first") as his point.

“Since the state must necessarily provide subsistence for the criminal poor while undergoing punishment, not to do the same for the poor who have not offended is to give a premium on crime.”

Thanks for that quote, Mr. Douglass: it's a good one.

1 week, 5 days ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

Charity begins at home seems to cover it. Rather than giving tax breaks to those who really don't need it, we should be doing more to help those who through no fault of their own are in dire straits.

1 week, 5 days ago

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Charles L. Bloss, Jr.

We should take care of our vets, who risked their lives to defend us. The government is sadly shirking their duty in this area. I have two vet friends that go to the VA hospital here. One is an agent orange case, and he gets good care. The other is an Air Force vet, when he and I discussed the cr** he has to go through to get an RX filled, I was furious. There is no excuse for this. Our vets should come first, then our homeless (many are vets), long before we give money away to foreign countries. The only foreign country we should support, in my opinion, is Israel, until our own people are taken care of.

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Bob Smith

Whatever major cities in America have been doing for the past half-century or so has been a series of abject failures.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

It's not the cities that are failures, it's an economy that does not value workers enough to pay them a living wage, even though they can more than afford to do so. It's greedy landlords who would rather leave an apartment empty than to lower the rent. It's the government who closed all the mental health facilities and drug rehab facilities.

And I'll bet there are a lot of people out there who would disagree with you. They got a hand up and now are doing well. The problem is there are people who replace them. And just how much is one life worth to you, Bob? I think you have claimed to be "pro life", but it doesn't sound like it. What have you done to give a fellow human being a hand up?

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Bob Summers

It's not the cities that are failures.

It is the Liberal ideology.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

The liberal ideology is to provide after school programs, tutoring programs and education, so that kids have alternatives. What have you done, Bob? A lot of these programs have died, so you don't have to pay as many taxes. Have you donated time and money for Boys and Girls Club? Have you volunteered in the schools? Are you a Boy Scout leader, maybe?

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Bob Summers

Look no farther than Detroit.

Pick a city in California.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Again, their youth programs has been cut, and I'm looking at our city. Lots more violence recently here too. Lots in all of Kansas City. And Topeka and Wichita? Why don't we look at them?

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Brock Masters

How many times have you paid a merchant more for a good or service than they asked just because you could afford it? Why should businesses pay more for workers than the market demands? Stupid to pay more for a good or service than is needed to secure it.

1 week, 5 days ago

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

So your'e okay with WalMart employees being able to get SNAP? Your okay subsidizing these billionaires?

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Brock Masters

I am okay with the business deciding what they need to recruit and retain their employees.

I guess you missed that Wal Mart just gave employees a raise.

And yes, I am okay with Wal Mart employees getting SNAP if it helps them survive.

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Bob Summers

Everyone has an opportunity to do what they want in America.

Check out what the Liberals are doing for peeps on the West coast.

The Liberals be doing what they do best. Foster peeps, embolden them, to continue living their lifestyles.

Now the Liberals want to help Larryville.

>The U.S. homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities, including San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle.

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/home...

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Think what $21 million would do to help the homeless and our vets, instead of a parade.

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Bob Summers

Think what $100,000,000,000 a year would do to help the homeless and our vets, instead of congenital Liberals giving the money to asylum illegal criminal trespassers.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/illega...

1 week, 5 days ago

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Don Brennaman

I'm afraid to open any link from you sir. I don't want my computer attacked or anything else that might happen.

1 week, 4 days ago

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Bob Smith

Don, I suspect that abcnews is most likely safe.

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Brock Masters

Wow, what a snowflake.

1 week, 4 days ago

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Steve Hicks

Folks on this thread who've brought up veterans as particularly deserving of help should note that Kris Kobach is associated with a group that has that (and "upholding the constitution," or course) as its purpose.

Maybe we should send more veterans to that group when they need help.

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