What is needed to effectively address the problem of homelessness is less sympathy and more anger!
A person cannot but be moved to sympathy by the estimate that there is the need in Tarrant County for 643 additional beds for the chronically homeless and another 145 beds for homeless veterans. (See: “Number of chronically homeless up 60 percent,” Feb. 27)
The fallacy is in thinking that meeting this need will solve the problem! It is not that “more must be done” as the editorial of Feb. 28 challenges us, but rather that something different must be done.
Homelessness will increase so long as the divide between the rich and the poor grows wider, our nation remains committed to perpetual war and we discharge people from mental hospitals and prisons without the support they need to care for themselves.
Such social, economic and political change is painful and requires courage. But, it is necessary for there to be hope for the homeless.
St. Augustine said it best: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage: anger at the way things are and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are!”
— Bernard Kern, North Richland Hills