Letter: The shame of letting seniors sleep on the sidewalk

I would hope that those of us leading our community are all responsible adults. Heaven forbid that we are all irresponsible. That might lead to more crises.

Webster: meaning of responsible

1—used to describe the person or thing that causes something to happen.

2: having the job or duty of dealing with or taking care of something or someone

3: able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required

If you are a mature adult (for example 50 years old or more) isn’t it surprising to you that so many seniors in our community who used to be able to afford an apartment now sleep on the sidewalk? I am. The sidewalk is hard, cold and dangerous (as those there are often robbed or worse). Yet, that is where many sleep. Tom is about 60 years old; only has one arm; gets a check every month, but he can’t get an apartment, not even a room. Tom sleeps on the sidewalk.

“… one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

Really? How can this be true in a community that divides its bounty so unevenly that it leaves seniors on the sidewalk, in the winter, in the midst of so much luxury? Our parents didn’t have it that way.

— Charles Withuhn, Chico

 

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