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June 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nickelsville

Oh the irony: homeless neglected while convicts cared for

As a homeless person, I am frustrated after reading Nancy Bartley’s article [“Homeless camp now on state property,” NWWednesday, June 10] on the homeless encampment on state land just outside Seattle city limits.

I am not “homeless” by the federal definition, since I have my pickup to sleep in, but I am homeless, nevertheless.

I do very much resent all the money society spends caring for criminals in jails and prisons, while ignoring the basic needs of those whose only offense is the inability to afford a home. It makes me almost want to get arrested

Of course, I would be trading my freedom for three squares and a pad, medical and dental care, perhaps even an organ transplant, along with TV and other amenities. Freedom loses some of its appeal when you’re tired, wet, cold, hungry, maybe have a toothache and are broke to boot.

The homeless group in the article has organized to try to obtain a little security and dignity, and they don’t even have porta-potties, while convicted criminals have all their basic needs met.

It makes you wonder about societies’ priorities, doesn’t it?

— Gene “Sarge” Sargent, Milton

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