Jeff Kotowski: Public bathrooms needed
For years I have done nothing but watch helplessly as we treat homeless people worse than dogs. I don’t know if it was because of stories (some true) of the beggar driving home in his Mercedes, that they often spend the money on drugs and alcohol, or that anything I do is only temporary as they will be back on the street tomorrow.
Let’s face facts. There is no permanent solution and there will always be people who game the system. But there are things we can do that will help the homeless and help everyone else too.
We complain when homeless people urinate or defecate in public. But what choice do they have? We rely on local merchants to provide access to bathrooms. But what merchant wants a dirty or smelly person in their establishment? This is unfair to the merchant and does not serve the public. One simple thing we can do is provide public bathrooms throughout the city.
I would even provide periodic access to showers and clothes washing. True, this would not be free and it would not end homelessness, but it would help and everyone would benefit. Plus it will make it easier for at least some homeless people to improve their lot in life. Isn’t that what we want?
This needs to be addressed by our city government. Please make your wishes known.
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