Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Letter: Charity is a virtue

Why not wage a war on homelessness in Penticton rather than the homeless?

Charity is a virtue

This letter is in response to the city’s heavy-handedness with respect to Paul Braun.

First of all, I would like to say I would rather see him doing this than breaking into my shed and stealing my stuff. Is he impeding the flow on the sidewalk? No. Is he being belligerent to anyone? No. Is he being aggressive in his bid to eke out a living? No. Leave the guy alone.

I have also been made aware through social media of a lady who feeds the homeless near an office building somewhere downtown around 5 p.m. or so who is getting complaints from some of the occupants of the building (you know who you are) who stay past that particular time. Apparently the Downtown Penticton Association is involved and is trying to shut her down. These are not addicts; simply people who need to eat to survive. It could just as easily be you. Your company could downsize tomorrow and you could be in the same situation before you know it. I’ll bet your opinion would change then.

Charity is a virtue, not a sin. Why not wage a war on homelessness rather than the homeless? It makes way more sense to me.

Mark Billesberger

Penticton