Letter: Zieve wrong to imply homeless are a hostile threat

Aug 02, 2017

The city's most serious problem, according to Peter Zieve, is the “impending invasion of the homeless” (“Candidates field questions in front of packed house,” Nicholas Johnson, July 26).

This statement implies that those who are homeless are a hostile threat not only to Mukilteo residents, but to any community where they reside.

For the past eight years, I have volunteered at an annual event sponsored by the Snohomish County Health Department called “Project Homeless Connect.” The primary goal of this event is to offer assistance to those who are less fortunate in an effort to help them escape the crippling effects of homelessness.

Anyone who knows of someone who is homeless, or perhaps has been homeless themselves, realizes that the majority of this population are good people living in a bad situation and looking for a way out.

It's not as easy as one may believe for them to earn enough of an income to support themselves or their families, or to find a decent, affordable place to live. This dilemma is further compounded by a lack of basic job-skills training, employers who will hire them and adequate mental health services.

Perhaps Mr. Zieve could invest some of his vast wealth into a job-skills program or scholarships to further their education. He may even go so far as to actually hire some of them.

After all, if he can contribute a million dollars to the Trump campaign, he could surely do his moral, civic duty by contributing to the health and welfare of a fellow human being.


Rod Amburgy
Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Aug 12, 2017 00:28

Although there are people who are homeless by bad circumstances, addicts constitute a higher proportion of the homeless than do the mentally ill or other identifiable subgroups.  I have a work studio in Seattle near Greenlake, and deal with this daily, that is on the rise.  They break into cars in the parking garages...not only break in but smash out the windows.  Try to pry the locks of the doors to the secure stairways.  I encountered two, going through my car, late in night, alone.  My check book was stolen and a check written for $2,200.  And instead of keeping such a watchfull eye on other people's money, and what you think they should pay for...Zieve gave $500K, I believe, to contribute to a youth center.  The youth, are our future.  Drug addicts cannot be turned around unless they want to be.  My brother in law died of heroine addiction...went through lock down rehab two times...both times a year, and he still shot up.  Everyone gave him a chance, including my sister, her wife.  And he hawked her wedding rings and jewelry, and sexually abused his own daughter. Why don't you try taking some of these homeless, drug addicts into your home and give them a job?  Like my hairdresser did, and her daughter came down with debilitating lyme disease from mite infestation.

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