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As a Nevada County resident since 1979, I find your coverage of the homeless appalling.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, housing prices in Nevada County were reasonable. The real estate boom in the mid 90s found low- to mid-income residents unable to compete with prices folks from the Bay Area, etc., found very attractive.

In 1985, I rented an uninsulated, one-bedroom miner’s cabin for $300 a month. In 2000, it went onto the market for $450,000. I moved into successively smaller and more expensive housing. Being self-employed, it only took the loss of one job to render me homeless.

The visible homeless are the alcoholic and drug crowd. The working homeless and families are not often seen in the parks. I question why you chose to focus on smokers rather than to interview our very real working residents who are affected by the national economic downturn and the local severe housing shortage.

Have you visited Hospitality House? Perhaps you would address these issues in future front page and editorial articles.

Lea Ellen Loving

Nevada City

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