Don't ignore the homeless problem in your own city


Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:38 p.m.
With the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, many groups and individuals have rallied to a cause worthy of millions of dollars and with the hopes of saving lives.
But we are helping them to start a new life. Why then can we not do that for those on our front step?
In Gainesville, residents' comfortable lives have blinded them to the needs of those less fortunate.
All we would have to do would be to "put up" with a few more people. The only attitude that has allowed us to do that has been our objectifying these people. We don't know them, therefore why should we have feelings for them?
Refusing to aid our homeless population is saying we don't want the "destitute" messing up our pretty lawns. But the "destitute" in Asia, well, they don't pose any threat to our lawns, so we'll help them!
My point is this: Don't try to remove the log from a person's eye without acknowledging the speck in your own. Imposing a limit on the St. Francis House here in Gainesville is like saying we will only help some of Asia's millions who are without life's necessities.
The St. Francis House has already said it can't adhere to the limit it has now. Would they be more strict with a limit of 130 people? No, I would hope not. I hope they continue to feed that 76th person.
Heather Kirkconnell, Gainesville

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