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Kerry Sink, San Clemente

I am tired of being told by pastors and thrift store personnel to be more compassionate and supportive.

Everyone recognizes that the homeless are troubled or down on their luck or some other circumstance. We also know that many of them are just looking for a handout and a carefree lifestyle, to put it sarcastically. Those who are truly in dire straits are the ones who deserve help, not the drunks and druggies.

The same people who insist that we give are the ones who side with illegal immigrants.

Look, illegal is just that. Yet they have advocates who have gotten laws pushed through that say we have to give free healthcare and daycare along with cellphones and school lunches. All of this supported by left-wing liberals who believe socialism is good for all. And everyone should have the same amount of money in their bank account.

These same liberals and their crooked politician friends have voted for higher gas taxes and the latest report is that they have billions to spend. We have all seen this movie before.

Back to the homeless population in South Orange County, where did they all come from? It’s as if they came here overnight.
I suspect the Ventura/Santa Barbara area is part of the problem. I was there about eight years ago and counted at least 50 trashy, drugged-out, alcoholic, Caucasian, 30-ish-year-old men, all in one shopping center asking for money.

I was in fear for my safety and had to leave someone in my vehicle while I was shopping in fear of vandalism.

Our actions, not reactions, are vital to the welfare and safety of all residents and visitors to our wonderful beachside community.

This burden is not the problem of the taxpayers. It’s up to local and state officials. Putting homeless shelters on the beach and sober living facilities next to nice homes and schools is out of the question. I’m not a NIMBY and I believe the toll road should run behind San Clemente. That being said, the homeless shelters need to be far from populated areas—anywhere that doesn’t drive down property values or make hardworking folks fear for their children’s safety and uncomfortable going to convenient stores.

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