Create respect, not separation
A recent police log entry in The News-Review included the arrest of a transient for stepping out into traffic. I saw two teenagers on their way to the mall committing this offence only yesterday. Time to call the police!
Come on, Roseburg, you are better than this.
A lot of the downtown merchants are concerned that the transient population is having a negative effect on their business, and there is talk of creating an “exclusion zone” in response to this.
Instead of a barrier, why not create a bridge? Maybe the city council members and the downtown merchants could try something really radical: the lost art of conversation.
Talk to these people that you want to “exclude.” Ask them if they would be willing to help you create a solution that works for everyone. Ask them how they are doing, how their day is going, if you could help them in return for them being willing to help you.
Instead of a zone of fear and separation, why not create one of mutual respect and goodwill? People aren’t a disease to be quarantined from. They are your fellow human beings.
Elizabeth Cosslett Myers