It appears from Rita Robinson’s front page story, (“Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless,” in the April 29, 2016, edition that our police chief, clearly not channeling Abraham Lincoln, believes that our poor, disabled and un-housed citizens are an eyesore that needs be removed from the sight lines of the privileged early morning walkers who, even when facing the glorious Pacific, manage to react with resentment rather than compassion when they notice a homeless person trying to rest.
The chief’s description should at least give pause to those who argue that the city is acting in good faith with regard to the local homeless. Continuing a policy of waking citizens, many of whom are already suffering from mental disabilities, and ordering them to a location that will likely not receive them, just to make them invisible to the thoughtless, is barbaric.
Eerily the chief’s description of the offense, “the eyesore of people sleeping,”echoes a recent incident at the library described to me as a local matron loudly complaining that she shouldn’t have to see the homeless or their messy possessions out in front. Good grief! Has selfishness been accepted as our primary principle of public action? I hope not.
James Keegan, Laguna Beach