Letter: Helping homeless attracts more of them

[The homeless] know how to survive in the style of life they have chosen to live.

To the editor:

Sharon Shepherd just never goes away when it comes to the homeless. If she had her way I am sure she would round up all the homeless in B.C. and bring them to Kelowna where everyone here would have to care for them.

There is a place where one can go and seek help if they want it and there are groups and places to help them.

For those who continue the homeless style of life, they will continue to flock to the place that best cares for them. When you see cities giving them tickets to come to Kelowna,that has to tell you something.

I think Sharon could get out there and lobby people and businesses for funds to look after them and perhaps call it the Home Of The Good Shepherd instead of telling the council what to do.

As harsh as it may sound, I think ignoring them would not make a bit of difference to them, they know how to survive in the style of life they have chosen to live. Begging at traffic lights, drugs and breaking the law in other ways is what our police have to contend with in Kelowna and comes with a cost.

Not all the homeless are these type of people and help is there for them if they want it. Putting pressure on our city council is ridiculous. Their heads are not in the sand, they are aware of what they have been voted in to do.

In closing I would just like to say that if all the concern that I see on TV and hear on the news about the homeless was given to the seniors who worked all their lives paid their taxes, health benefits and the horrendous costs of the metric and bilingual programs and many other costs are now a burden in their communities. Could it be that the young and government of today hold the secret that they will not be old and wise like us someday!

We know what’s happening out there and giving more to the young families is a higher vote percentage to keep you in power and great financial rewards in your retirement.

They say that us old folks are the reason our health care costs are so high and yet the senior population of B.C. is 14 per cent. Can’t figure that one out.

Hope someone can answer that for me.


Russ Lennstrom, Kelowna



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