City’s home­less are not an­i­mals

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The home­less en­camp­ment that Stanis­laus County and the city of Modesto has set up to com­ply with the re­cent 9th Cir­cuit Court de­ci­sion is a step in the right di­rec­tion, but it’s ob­vi­ous the city doesn’t have a clue as to how to deal with our needs and it is in way over its head.

Con­tin­u­ing to en­able us does not help us. Had the ridicu­lous pro­gram known as Fo­cus On Preven­tion fo­cused on reality, as was sug­gested nu­mer­ous times, the city would have been pre­pared for this. Af­ter all, the city coun­cil was told that their an­ti­camp­ing or­di­nance would be over­turned even be­fore it was im­ple­mented. Li­a­bil­ity seems to be the catch­ing point at the en­camp­ment. Van­dal­ism, theft of per­sonal prop­erty, etc., are is­sues that those who are sup­posed to be over­see­ing the en­camp­ment refuse to ac­knowl­edge and just turn a blind eye to.

If the city doesn’t pull its head out of the sand, it will be fac­ing a law­suit all of its own. We aren’t an­i­mals and won’t be treated as such.

– Ralph Car­pen­ter, Modesto

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