Letter to the Editor

Helping others shouldn't extend to providing everything for free forever

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dear Editor:

I have been hearing and reading a lot about the homeless shelter that some are wanting to build. I for one have not seen a homeless problem in Nevada.

Have the people who are wanting to build it ever heard the saying, "If you build it, they will come ('Field of Dreams')"? I am just seeing the big picture.

If you build a home for someone to come live in for free, give them three meals a day, supply them with everything they need, then why would they ever want to leave?

I would want to live there and I would tell all my acquaintances about it so they all could come and live there also.

Do you see what I am getting at? I think you are just asking for more people to come to Nevada who have no intentions of finding a job, a home or anything because this homeless shelter will supply it all.

Then when the shelter gets full or runs out of funding what will they do then? Crime will go up because the "homeless" won't want to work because this shelter has supported them.

Nevada has a big enough problem with petty crimes and breaking and entering without adding more to it.

Nevada is a small enough community that if people stay here, it's because they have family here or a good job -- two major reasons to relocate here. If people are truly homeless, it is my opinion they migrate to larger cities where resources ARE available and in place and they migrate toward "like" people -- other homeless.

I am the first to step up and help someone who needs help when they are down, but free handouts? I don't think so.

Nevada has a strong Ministerial Alliance to help the indigent with "one time only" assistance that helps people get back home or make it to where they are going -- and this isn't the place.

Nevada is a community of families for families -- that's why we live here.

Concerned Citizen,

Tara Johnston