Comments about ‘Salt Lake City initiatives to fight crime, aid homeless get mixed reviews’

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Published: Sunday, Nov. 24 2013 10:15 a.m. MST

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Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

It would be interesting to find out how many of these people got one way bus tickets from their home cities. I keep reading where SLC is becoming the destination of choice for the homeless because we have so many programs to help them. It is kind of shady to me that these neighboring states would give them one way tickets. I'm glad we do what we can to help. I can't imagine spending a homeless winter in SLC.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The solution of the social justice crowd IS the problem.
They say the fix is permanent housing. They are wrong.
The fix is self-reliance. Permanent housing will only encourage another crowd wanting the same perk.
For some the real fix is institutionalization, but that's a dirty word to progressives.
They need rehab. They need jobs. They need meds. Some simply need to be locked up.
Everything else is just a band-aid.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Say NO: Permanent housing is the first step - followed by or in conjunction with rehab, therapy, medications where indicated, and job training. It is really difficult to rehab, therapy, job training, etc. to be effective when an individual is living on the street - that is why it is called "Housing First" not "Housing Only".

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

It's the same old story, though. We are treating the symptom rather than the causes. In fact, I think some homeless advocates like it that way in order to keep themselves the center of attention.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Vince: What exactly do you think is the cause and how would you suggest treating it?

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