Letters to the editor

September 5, 2016 7:06 AM

Problems without solutions

I appreciate the Laney Tower’s attempt to humanize a problem many would rather ignore.
The paper took many steps forward in defining the problems that create homelessness, but failed to deliver a coherent story that readers could learn from.
In the central article, “From Pipe City to Tent City”, the writer jumps from history to current problems and solutions without a clear path, transitions, or conclusion, which left me as a reader feeling lost in the article.
While I understand the pressure of limited pages to cover such a large story, I would have liked to see more details and information on how we can help solve the problem of homelessness.
Jessica McMillin

Seeing the past in our present

I really enjoyed reading Alice Feller’s article on homelessness (“From Pipe City to Tent City”).
Before reading this article, I was aware of the Great Depression, globalization, off-shoring, automation, and welfare reform. But I had no idea how these historical events had helped to shape our communities. It’s mind-boggling how so many things were unsuspectingly related to one another, ultimately worsening the issue of homelessness.
It bothers me that our government is aware of the problem; after so many failed attempts to fix the problem, it seems as though the issue has been swept under the rug.
Thank you for a great read about a necessary topic.
Tierra Buffin

Editor’s response: In “From Pipe City to Tent City”, our intention was to show that homelessness as we know it today is a new problem. There was a time, not so long ago, when people did not live on the streets. We wanted to show how we got here, how our public policies at the national level have brought this about.
We can provide aid and comfort at the local level. But until we take political action as a nation, the causes of homelessness will remain and more people will come to be living on the streets.
But we as a nation have solved other problems. We ended slavery. We cared for our citizens in the Great Depression. We’ve made progress on civil rights. We ended the Vietnam War.
If we want to end homelessness we can. But first, we need to understand its origins.

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