Adam Maxwell Townsend, San Clemente
I can’t stay silent in the face of all of the blind hatred of homeless people I see among some in San Clemente. There aren’t any homeless shelters or hospitals for mental illness in South Orange County.
Every community in OC fights tooth and nail against opening any near them, so as a result, the growing homeless population gets shuffled from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. They face public hate, harassment and scam rehab clinics that siphon off their Medicaid.
Having homeless addicts and mentally ill around is dangerous from a crime and public health perspective, but the homeless people themselves are the ones with the least power to do anything about it.
Compassion is clearly too much to ask for, but at least have common sense. Railing against homeless people themselves isn’t going to solve anything. It’s like beating your head against the wall; if they were capable of caring for themselves, they wouldn’t be homeless. No one is so lazy they dream of sleeping on asphalt every night and getting spit on by wealthy beach dwellers.