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Tom Durkin: Words have repercussions

The local homeless man accused of arson is not a “transient.” He’s lived here for years. I know him. Transients are generally just passing through.

Homeless seasonal agricultural workers (trimmigants) are transients. The fact that the local authorities and media don’t know the difference between a transient and a local homeless person is part of the homeless problem. We need to be aware of the difference between our local homeless people (some whose families have lived here for generations) and those who are just passing through.

Words have meaning. We would be better off if we used them properly. We can’t begin to solve our homeless problem until we can properly differentiate between our homeless citizens and the transients who are looking to score and move on.



Tom Durkin

Grass Valley


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