Brendon J. Wilson writes that housing the homeless is “a handout” that “insults the rest of the hard-working population” [Letters, October 15-22].
On the contrary, it’s precisely because I work hard that I want a public solution for homelessness. That is, I work hard to pay taxes and want my values reflected in policy. It’s deeply embarrassing to live in a country where the majority seems to think it’s just fine if some of their fellow citizens freeze to death on city streets. What I find insulting is having my money used for military combat missions, convention centres, and other useless crap, rather than for building an equitable society.
In more civilized countries, there isn’t homelessness such as there is in Canada—if at all—and that has nothing to do with how hard people work. Rather, it’s a reflection of choices made at the polls.
> Patrik Parkes / Vancouver
Regarding Brendon Wilson’s letter to the Straight in which he states: “I think it’s unrealistic to expect nobody to be homeless”—what a disgusting attitude.
If you look at this from the point of view of a religious person, and if you believe that this mundane life is just a test before we move to the next stage, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Wilson has failed the test. If you look at this from the point of view of a secular person, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Wilson has not mastered the basic concepts of being a civilized human being.
Homelessness exists in a society if that society decides to permit it. Any society that decides that homelessness is unacceptable can ensure that no one is homeless. It is that simple.
Mr. Wilson further states: “I don’t have a solution to this problem and”¦I’m not sure one exists.” A truly ignorant person might actually believe this, but it’s well known that Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing strategy. There’s your answer. It’s not rocket science.
> Victor Finberg / Burnaby