The Sept. 20 editorial on the People’s Kitchen struck a nerve and I am sure I was not the only one to feel this way.
While I will assume none of us would want this venture to be stopped, it is interesting to me that the real issues posed by this situation are not considered in more detail. The residents and businesses there have a real reason to be fearful. While some of the people who might loiter are definitely just loitering, in today’s world, where huge problems are occurring due to undiagnosed mental illness, it is not too far off to wonder if some of the people in a position requiring them to be recipients of free meals might also be so afflicted — and it would only take one to cause an unforeseen disaster.
I feel so badly for those who are unable to find work, and I also feel compassion for those businesses that could suffer if people fear entering their stores and those residents who fear coming home to a neighborhood that might not be safe.
As a county, we need to consider all the options and figure out how to help all sides.