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Letter: A knee-jerk response

If we wanted to describe a knee-jerk reaction to the problem of homelessness in Concord, what would it look like? We just have to open our eyes and observe what is occurring right now in this city.

The Concord police are giving the homeless notice that they cannot remain where they are. The police are simply doing what they were asked to do: by whom? In posting “no trespassing” signs on state property in the city, state employees are simply doing what they were asked to do: by whom?

It is being made very clear to all who are homeless that they cannot remain in Concord. There is no space for them. No parkland, no city land, no state land. They are being kicked out of their tents and told to go elsewhere, anywhere else. When Concord succeeds in evicting all of its homeless, it will have succeeded in eliminating the problem of homelessness, I guess.

If the city and state are doing this without the knowledge and consent of we the people, shame on them. If they are doing it with our knowledge and consent, shame on us.

I apologize for not offering any solutions. We need to speak with our city counselors, state representatives, by phone or by mail. We need to discuss the possibilities. How do we address the fact that there are people in our city living in cars and tents, with nowhere to go? No easy answers. Let us create a critical mass of people who sincerely want to fix the problem.

JEANNE CUSSON

Concord

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