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Homeless problem isn’t so simple

By From page A8 | November 13, 2012

I am homeless and finding this facet of life interesting and extremely challenging.

Although emotionally charged, I believe my recent letter to EndHomelessness.com expresses what many think of our very personal plight:

On my way from my usual “window to the world” county library, I listened to a public broadcasting station based in Sacramento. The radio host went on about how the economy is affected by all those people and their “free ride” on food stamps and how that needs to be fixed, those people need to go to work, etc., while cajoling with a guest. What a display of total and replete ignorance!

He touted Republicanism . . . I am Republican, and I voted my conscience, not my wallet. I am also homeless and on food stamps, general assistance and county medical. I have been homeless only seven months, but am finding out how difficult it is to fight your way out. I’ve literally wanted to give up twice so far. I am going back to school to finish an English minor and transfer to a state university.

Just because my body is giving out at 57 and my employer of 12 years is so far getting away with unlawful termination over health issues (I guess I’m in the less-educated attorney area), I still breathe to fight another day.

To quote Moe, these “ignoramuses” that expound the problem without providing a solution while denigrating the homeless, downtrodden and needy, are just plain cowardly bullies hiding hundreds of cubicles away from the front line.

Robert E. Wallace

Elmira

Letter to the Editor

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  • VallejoanNovember 13, 2012 - 6:05 am

    I'm very sorry for your plight, Mr. Wallace. It indeed shows profound ignorance to lump all homeless into one easy - and easily denigrated - category. You are exactly the type of person that public assistance was created for: in dire straights due to loss of income, not due to laziness or feeling entitled to live off the system. The latter are only a subset of a much larger group of people who, IMHO, are fully deserving of help; the disabled, elderly, and mentally unstable also come immediately to mind. Please keep trying! (re your job loss-you've called the Lawyer Referral Service for Solano County, right?)

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