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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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I would just like to say that I find Nick Welsh’s article on Pope Francis a totally brilliant analysis of both the present Pope and the world attitude toward poverty. My wife and I work in a program here on Long Island, NY, that provides food and shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. As you can imagine, the problems of the homeless here are more severe than in Santa Barbara with it’s relatively benign year round climate.

We have found that many of the homeless actually have jobs but can’t afford a place to live. Some don’t have regular jobs but do all they can to survive. An example is one of our clients, who lived in the woods on public land. To make some money, he collected wooden orange crates from supermarket dumpsters and, using simple hand tools, fashioned them into beautiful birdhouses and somehow marketed them. Ergo, a homeless entrepreneur! Others are just ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and through the social safety net.

The attitude of many people is that the homeless are a drain on our society while actually they are the result of the failure of our society to provide an environment in which all of our citizens can live and prosper, not only those who happen to be fiscally advantaged. So, again my kudos to Nick on a brilliant piece of writing!!!

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Regarding the writer saying "The attitude of many people is that the homeless are a drain on our society while actually they are the result of the failure of our society to provide an environment in which all of our citizens can live and prosper..."

What?

It is more accurate to say: "The attitude of MOST people is that the homeless are that way either by a series of conscious bad decisions they continue to make or due to mental illness or a mix of the two.

As far as society failing to provide an environment in which all our citizens can live and prosper... my response is simple: we have created that society. It's here, now - and available for those that chose to make good decisions, work hard consistently and better themselves. Join us!

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2013 at 10:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yep, if you're mentally ill and don't have family and live in S.B.just pick yourself up by your bootstraps. How original.

California and New York are business-unfriendly states and in such environments it is not only hard to be an entrepreneur but the costs inflicted onto businesses by the government are passed onto the consumer directly in terms of sales, and indirectly in terms of what businesses that you buy from have to pay for their merchandise.

Progressives in California may laugh at Arizona as an anachronistic "Red State", but if you look at how much it costs to live there vs. here, you will find it is much more affordable for the working-class people these progressives claim to represent.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2013 at 5:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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