Letter: Spend money on the homeless, not politics
(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Numerous homeless camps have popped up in downtown Salt Lake City as seen on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.
Does anyone agree with me that the estimated $19 million to $22 million spent on Utah’s 4th Congressional District race was a big waste of money?
Did anyone get tired of the thousands of TV ads calling Democrat Ben McAdams a liberal socialist who supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hundreds of times or Republican former NFL player Burgess Owens, who it was said had tons of bankruptcies and no Utah values?
I think that money would have been better spent on finding our homeless population a warm place to spend the frigid, ice-cold winter, whether in a hotel, motel or apartment.
It’s also ridiculous to put the homeless in COVID-19 filled shelters or allow them to camp out near Pioneer Park or the library in freezing weather.
New York City with 60,000 homeless people in their shelter system has found places for 9,500 of them in near-empty guest hotels. That way they are more socially distanced.
It’s not a crime to be homeless but it is criminal to have people without homes in our community.