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Homelessness

Not a crime, but being homeless is a tragedy needing healing [Editorial]

Not a crime, but being homeless is a tragedy needing healing [Editorial]

Like it or not, Aberdeen Chief of Police Henry Trabert makes a valid point when he says it's not a crime to be homeless. What is criminal is that in this, or in any other country, people can't be promised (unless, perhaps, they're in prison) that they will have a roof over their head and three square meals a day.

The police chief was answering an Aberdeen resident, who has been a critic of the homeless encampment near the old Moose Lodge on Rogers Street. The people who live there litter, walk the streets, smoke, drink and, as a recent police report notes, get into fights sometimes with weapons. Too often, they die, as happened not so long ago at another encampment on Aberdeen's...

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