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September 11, 2013
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Letter: Downtown business area is not the place for a homeless shelter

Nix shelter in downtown area

Roseburg City Council, please say “no” to a homeless shelter in the downtown area.

Yes, a shelter is needed, but a place must be found elsewhere.

You must say “no,” because such a place would terminate shopping downtown. A retail or professional office’s client is deterred every time there is publicity about attracting either vagrants or the homeless. A homeless shelter would increase clients’ fears in walking from their car to their appointments, causing business to move out of downtown.

If the homeless are not discouraged and the vagrants dealt with severely, more downtown buildings will be added to the growing group of vacancies.

Please take the trouble to drive to Eugene (where I was born in 1922) and walk to the corner of Eighth and Willamette Streets about 5:30 any evening. Notice two paid officers policing those who hang out making retail trade impossible. Eugene’s council, sympathetic to those who don’t endorse the capitalistic system, has destroyed downtown Eugene.

It is not enough to just be passive. A positive public statement is needed saying that other places for the homeless must be found — not downtown.

Ray O. Sims


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