The hostile, vitriolic protesters at the City Council meeting this week very likely did much to destroy hopes of city officials/citizens and the homeless working together towards a solution, if all homeless people are judged by these protesters.
I would like to point out that the majority of the homeless people I have worked with at Corpus Christi and Cooper Court were not at the council meeting. Most of them are respectful, courteous people who would like to be heard, but not in a rude way.
At the meeting, two of the three most incendiary, threatening protesters were not homeless. Although I know they are compassionate about helping the homeless, they don’t seem to understand that not only will they not achieve their goal with their aggressive tactics, but they will hurt the cause of the homeless. And they do not represent the majority of homeless people.
Yes, the protesters are right about one thing: We need to keep this issue in the public’s awareness. Please, officials and citizens of Boise, help us find a more immediate solution to helping people without homes than waiting for buildings to be erected and discussions to be resolved.
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Lois Morgan, Boise