Who are the real social outcasts?


I feel I must respond to B. Kunz (Record, July ).
As you say, businesses don't want a homeless shelter because of the homeless hanging around, etc.

Dear editor,I feel I must respond to B. Kunz (Record, July ).As you say, businesses don’t want a homeless shelter because of the homeless hanging around, etc. They are not allowed in the shelters during the day so that problem is solved.Most shelters have security that discourages people from hanging around outside. They also do not allow anyone inside who is under the influence. Another problem solved.The police would rather have the homeless in shelters rather than sleeping in doorways.Now to what made me write this letter — the female homeless person who was killed in Nanaimo was a very close friend whom I loved dearly. A series of unfortunate events led to her homelessness.She couldn’t go to the mostly male shelter. She was not murdered one block away, but several blocks.In fact, she was killed a few feet away from a brand-new expensive condo building.She screamed for a very long time and none of the upstanding condo-owning citizens called 9/11, which would have saved her life, as the police station was closer than the shelter.I think people such as D. Kunz and the condo owners are lacking in civility and empathy and they are the social outcasts, for they care not for those less fortunate.I am a university-educated single mother who worked most of her life. I am sober and I am homeless. Should I also be a target of prejudice?Name withheld,Comox Valley

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