Joseph Holmes thinks the answer to the homeless problem in Grover Beach “is not a grass-roots movement that includes these small groups of people with ideas to solve it,” because this is not “the right way” to effect change (“Homeless problem,” Letters, Jan. 13). More disturbingly, The Tribune thinks such sentiments are worth “Quote of the Day” status.
I am happy to introduce Holmesto the dictionary definition of “civil society:” It is “the aggregate of nongovernmental organizations and institutions that manifest the interests and will of citizens.”
I don’t know what Holmes thinks the membership of grass-roots groups consists of other than individual citizens “who want to have a voice and say” in what their elected officials do, or how he thinks change happens in the real world. I am grateful that the idea that “crusades and grass roots aren’t going to change anything” never crossed the minds of Martin Luther King Jr. or his grass-roots group.