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JOAN HENRY, Capistrano Beach

I have been listening, watching and thinking about all of these homeless people for quite a few years now and it is annoying how many seem to be gathering year after year after year. They don’t seem to want to look for a job or move on to where they could find a job. They are content to stay where they are because they can get free food from the public that feels bad for them. Now, which is beyond my comprehension, the public wanted to build housing for them? Why in the world would they want to go anywhere else when they are safe and living for free?

Naturally, what money they get they will spend on drugs, or things like that and other homeless will see what they are doing and they will be thrilled that they can join in on the free ride. In this way, the homeless population will get bigger and bigger over the years. We used to not have many homeless because the local community had too much pride. They wouldn’t give anything unless they earned it. I wonder if we still have anyone around like that today.

I think it is terrible that our government and state officials say they cannot do anything about the homelessness problem. I don’t think they want to. The homeless stay here because they know anywhere in Southern California is very expensive and they could not find a job here if they tried. They couldn’t find housing either, as it is too expensive. They are safe. They think the public should feel sorry for them when they should really be helping themselves, like move somewhere where they can get a job. Maybe they could gain some security and feel better for themselves. It would be cheaper than building housing for them to stay in and do the same thing they are doing now. Put them on buses and take them to other places to get jobs. There, they could get themselves straightened out and stable. That would help them more than anything else and give them back their pride. It would be nice to help them get back on their feet again but it won’t happen if they stay here and everyone feels sorry for them. They are not children, they are adults, so make them take responsibility for themselves.


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  • There are many ways to reject the hate filled letter by JOAN HENRY. I’ll first suggest the Bible.

    For the Old Testament only;
    Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
    — Proverbs 14:31

    Isaiah, “Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims — laws that make misery for the poor, that rob the destitute of their dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children” (Is.10:1-4).

    But in addition to the Christians;

    Matthew 25
    31. “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33. and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. 34. “Then the King will say to those on His right, `Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35. `For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36. naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37. “Then the righteous will answer Him, `Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38. `And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39. `When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40. “The King will answer and say to them, `Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ 41) “Then He will also say to those on His left, `Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42. for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43. I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44. “Then they themselves also will answer, `Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45. “Then He will answer them, `Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46. “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Or as it is more clearly said,
    Luke 6: 46. “Why do you call Me, `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

    A secular response follows.

  • Joan Henry exposed some basic ignorance that no doubt signals more profound ignorance. She began by stating, “I have been listening, watching and thinking about all of these homeless people.”

    Have you ever tried listening to any homeless people?

    A weird combination of liberal, and conservative politico-medical opinions in the 1980s shut down the long term psychiatric hospitals in the United States. The medical ideal was that “community mental health” programs would replace the century long hospitalization program. What happened was merely that the hospitals were closed and the patients were kicked into the streets.

    Being crazy was now a criminal offense. But the police have no training as psychotherapists. Jails are not competent statuettes for mental hospitals. Selfish and greedy people like Joan Henry want sick and disabled people to be “Put them on buses and take them to other places …”

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