With all due respect to the homeless, where do they get the idea that the city owes them anything? Their sleep-in on the sidewalks around City Hall is an attempt to get the mayor to listen to their plight. They are tired of being swept out from under the bridges, wondering where else to go.

Here’s an idea: How about cleaning up their own acts in order to get into transitional housing? Or doing what it takes to qualify for temporary work? For those who just don’t care about working for a living or getting off the streets, please tell me what the city owes them and why?

To qualify for city services, one must be a participating citizen by paying taxes! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt the homeless fall into this category.

P.D. TAIT Northeast Portland

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