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Brian Smith: Forum on homelessness a good start

I wanted to take this time to thank The Union, KVMR and any others that had a part in presenting the recent forum on homelessness. Robert Marbut gave a great deal of information in the time allotted. I’m sure his full presentation would have taken several hours more to complete.

I disagreed with Mr. Marbut’s centrist attitude on politics. We need to advocate for those in need, we need to attempt to sway the political discussion. When politicians stand up and demand necessary funds be cut, if no one advocates against this that is exactly what could happen.

As well, his assertion that faith-based people act in order to “feel good” is an unfair stereotype. Our faith compels us to these acts because we believe it is the right thing to do. Numerous passages contain Jesus’ command that we do this and we would not be living out our faith without these acts of compassion.

While I disagree with some points brought up, I very much agree with others, especially that action needs to be taken immediately. I look forward to the continued discussion, and the action that will hopefully follow.

Brian Smith

Grass Valley

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