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Homelessness defies easy solutions

What, pray tell, is the definition of "affordable housing" for people who don't work ("The long journey home," March 11)?

Many of our seemingly intractable social problems defy their ostensible solutions. Does anyone really think that homelessness has anything to do with houses; that poverty is simply a lack of money; that hunger in America has much to do with food; or that substandard education has anything to do with a lack of schools and qualified teachers?

Indolence and irresponsibility quite often lie at the heart of all these problems, and while I don't know what the real solutions are, I know what they are not.

Dave Reich, Perry Hall

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