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Letter: Homeless issue is more important than Main Street plan

I have been reading with some amazement the numerous letters and subsequent comments on Concord’s homeless issue. It is clear this is not a situation of people working the system for their benefit. For whatever reason, these people have ended up in this situation with little opportunity to escape its grasp. The big fear is that if we do anything to help the homeless it will draw more homeless to the city. The bottom line is: People don’t want to address the issue; they want to push it down the road to somebody else.

Concord wants to spend $4.71 million toward revamping Main Street to make Concord something it is not. How much are they willing to spend to address a real problem and not some feel-good waste of money project?

Someone should ask the Friendly Kitchen what it could do with just the $645,000 that heating Concord’s sidewalks would cost.

Other people don’t want to waste tax dollars to help people with a real issue because they don’t want to pay for a free ride. Anyone who considers living outside under a tattered tarp or beaten up tent in New Hampshire in the rain and bugs to be a free ride clearly has their own issues.

One solution: an area these people could camp in but still be close enough for the services Concord makes available. Proximity to services is important. It would allow better policing, easier maintenance and ultimately safety. The other option would be to provide basic barrack-style housing year-round.

Don’t forget that homelessness is a major problem for veterans. That homeless person you scorn could possibly be a vet. Bad things do happen to good people.

GEOFFREY CARSON

Webster

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