In reference to the article, “The homelessness dilemma” (The Daily Astorian, Oct. 23), I suggest that our community’s bigger problem is, in fact, the 95 percent of homeless people “... who usually are just fine (behaviorally),” and not the 5 percent who insist on disrupting the tranquility of our lives.

For those of us who have a home, with a bathroom just down the hall, with closets and drawers in which to safely store our belongings, with a kitchen where we have a stove on which to cook the food we have in abundance and can save in the fridge, and a bedroom where, in its warmth, we can sleep through the night without fear of the elements, human and otherwise — for us, the real dilemma is how best to continue to ignore the realities of those 95 percenters.

Julie Snyder


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