Dear Brian Eller,

It was with mounting anger that I read your hate-filled, overly judgmental letter about the homeless. Have you ever stopped to think that the vast population of homeless in this area are mentally ill? Or that maybe, some of those Vietnam veterans who fought for this country, and have been fighting for their rights as veterans, have been reduced to panhandling?

Other cities dump thier homeless here too, sending them here with a one-way bus ticket. Maybe you should research who homeless people are before you scream at them.

People spend $5 on a cup of coffee. Yet few people are willing to stop and give a hand to someone who needs it. If you want to donate money, great. How about doing so to a local homeless shelter instead of verbally abusing the homeless in town.

It’s easy to say what you would do in their situation without actually being in it. Show some empathy and compassion, not hate.

Melissa Lowman
Earth sciences senior

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