You do not see what Our Daily Bread brings to neighborhood
In regards to Lori Rooney’s Dec. 5 letter (“How many more homeless will die before we find compassion?”). Obviously the community needs to know the truth about the lady that froze to death last year. The lady was not homeless; she did in fact have a home.
And you do not live behind Our Daily Bread Ministries and see what it brings to our neighborhood. My daughter refuses to go into her own back yard because of three different times a man has decided to cut through the breezeway between Our Daily Bread and the other building, jump the fence and almost land on top of her on her trampoline.
We sit on our deck and smell the odor of marijuana, we have trash, and beer bottles littering our back yard, we listen to them tell our dogs to shut up when they bark to protect our yard. My daughter will not ride the bus to school because there is a man that sleeps on the curb at her bus stop three doors down from our house.
They are sleeping in surrounding business sheds and on their benches. There is a condemned house that they tore a wafer board off to enter. There is bathing in the restroom of a business across the street and leaving it totally filthy.
We are homeowners and taxpayers and do believe they need a place out of the weather, but they do not need to be in an area where there are residents. They couldn’t handle them at the fairgrounds last year because of the violence, etc., and now that want to bring them where there are children and families. It is bad enough having them here just so they can get a meal.
They want to house 17 people from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., what are they going do with the other 30 people needing a place to stay, kick them out and tell them sorry you can’t stay? Then at 7 a.m. when it is still 30 degrees, kick the 17 that stayed there out and tell them sorry you have to leave now? I find it very hard to believe that they will turn people away after the 17-person limit is reached.
I recently had to go to the emergency room at Sutter Coast Hospital. Having spent a lot of time in hospitals, I can speak from experience. The care I received was unbelievably good.
The ER was swamped with very sick people, but they (hospital staff members) remained calm and professional at all times. They treated me with great care. Even though they were under pressure, they still treated me with as much care as the truly ill. They remained calm and caring under very tough times.
This is the best medical asset we could hope for in this little town. One nurse in particular deserves a lot of credit because when things seemed at their worst, she was able to make me smile. Not an easy task under those conditions.
Anyhow, a big thanks.
David W. Thomas
Let’s get this straight. What are our priorities: war, protecting our troops or space travel?
You would think our country, with all its wealth-squandering, would be able to put up a spy satellite over the road our troops are using to see who is planting those roadside bombs. And then destroy the bombs and the people planting them at the same time.
Does it take an old man, 71 years old, to say this?
John F. Furgo Jr.