DEFENDS RED CROSS

Homeless people were camped in an Escondido building that mysteriously/deliberately burned (by the campers?) [“Does Red Cross exclude homeless from aid?” July 6]. People accused the Red Cross of not treating homeless people like disaster victims. Editors nationwide demanded an end to homelessness. They cited the human right of everyone to live anywhere they want, e.g. San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, La Costa, Gaslamp, La Jolla.

I don’t feel the Red Cross should be bankrupted in an unattainable, failed attempt to end homelessness. They are going to screen people just like rescue missions and shelters do. Alcoholics, addicts, pet owners and violent people will be directed to other charities and emergency rooms.

I don’t feel everyone can demand to live anywhere they want and have someone else pay for it. None of the proposed solutions will cure alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness. Homelessness will not be ended without mandatory treatment and confinement. To wring your hands and claim otherwise is delusion and fantasy.

Sebastian Caspary, San Diego


NEW-TIME RELIGION

I’ll attempt an answer: I’m sure many Muslims reject the crap in the Koran, as many “Christians” reject Jesus as anything more than a man with original and humanistic ideas. So, yes! There are good “Muslims” [“Not singing along to that old-time religion,” June 29].

The West should have the guts to stop respecting Islam, and ask the truly “good” Muslims to civilize their religion with a new name. They need not reject Muhammad as Jesus’ successor, but consider Sharia law the work of Muhammad’s family, not Allah’s.

As people who are conditioned since birth to believe in hate, an effective revolution would be impossible without many ethical members of the religion forming up a vigorous campaign to civilize it. Should such an action be taken, I have no doubt that it would be another provocation for the crazies, and the politicians who base their lives on hate and combat, to make war on their own “family.”

So there really is no hope for Islam to fade into history; it’s here to stay forever—unless their youth and their intelligentsia make war on their parents’ adhesion to this religion.

Saul Harmon Gritz, Hillcrest


THE HOMELESS ISSUES

As to the San Francisco letter dealing with the homeless during major events [“Media coalition aimed at homelessness,” June 29]: I read that San Francisco had erected tents with cots and food in another location while the major sporting events were going on. I was told the homeless came back after the events were over.

Regarding the organization that gives out food to the homeless once a week [“Pastor: SDPPD nixed homeless feedings for All- Star Game,” June 22]: I live right in the middle of tent city in East Village. The homeless are right outside my place every night. The worst that I’ve heard is screaming foul language at each other. Their tents and presence are eyesores. They do get fed by Father Joe’s when they want. From what I can tell, they don’t care about food. It’s about drinking and drugging all they want. A couple of people have overdosed and died outside.

Yes, rents are sky-high here in San Diego. Even roommates are paying $1,000 a month. A studio in a so-so area is going for at least $1,200 or more.

Regarding the All-Star Game: If I paid close to $400 a ticket, I would not want to walk over homeless tents and people lying in their own waste after I parked my rental car.

From what I can gather, lots of homeless come here for the weather and the ability to be outside and get high.

How about putting tents on the beach and move the homeless there during the All-Star Game?

Cathy Ostrom, San Diego


BALBOA PARK’D

A legacy for a politician is not a reason to bring back a flawed project for Balboa Park [“Faulconer, Jacobs again tout Balboa Park makeover,” July 6]. Finding the money to repair the millions of backlog projects to restore the park for future generations would be a much better legacy.

Funding a bridge, roadway and parking garage in the middle of the Park, which a vast coalition of citizens opposed during the many public discussions, is just the wrong approach. If parking is the issue, then build at Inspiration Point or on the west side of the bridge and make the tram and public transit take the load of moving people around.

LGmike, via sdcitybeat.com

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