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Hospitality?

Since I began making a small contribution to the Hospitality House by volunteering every other week or so, I’ve discovered a new freedom; I am free of my fear of “those” people. I no longer need to look the other way when I see one of “them” along my path, crossing the street or standing in a warm doorway. I am not afraid. I’ve learned that they can be kind, friendly, funny and, yes, even intelligent; that they’d prefer to take a shower and to wear clean clothes; that many of them have jobs, families and friends, just as we do. Most importantly, I’ve learned that only a thin line (perhaps one paycheck) separates “us” from “them.” I can’t help wondering what would happen if their shoe was on our foot.

Friends, neighbors, residents, please share my outrage at this travesty. Let the folks at City Hall know that Hospitality House must be allowed to retain their space for a mere three or four weeks. Tell them that people are more important than an ordinance – at least for a little while.

Carol Sechovec



Grass Valley


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