Feed­ing the home­less

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

My last let­ter stated that the city lead­er­ship doesn’t want home­less peo­ple in down­town Lit­tle Rock or even city parks. It scares away our cit­i­zens and puts forth a bad im­age to our tourist-con­ven­tion­eers, and clients of real es­tate de­vel­op­ers try­ing to sell con­dos in down­town Lit­tle Rock. Of course, they were not will­ing to ad­mit that for fear of ap­pear­ing heart­less.

So a com­mit­tee was formed to “study this prob­lem.” The pred­i­ca­ble re­sult: Ask the city for a tent and trans­porta­tion to a lo­ca­tion far re­moved from the shadow of down­town. So the bot­tom line is the de­vel­op­ers, Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bu­reau, Cham­ber of Com­merce, and the mayor get what they want and we tax­pay­ers pay for it.

And you won­der what is wrong with this city?

DON SHELLABARGER Lit­tle Rock

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