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There�s something very wrong with the mentality in our country�

There�s something very wrong with the mentality in our country�

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There’s something very wrong with the mentality in   our       country…     Mundane Excogitations I read a news blip today about the city of New York now enforcing a decade old law that allows the city’s homeless  shelters to charge rent. Yes, I thought I had misread it as well, but it is no mistype.  The premise is that an individual using a homeless shelter  but yet finding an income should pay rent for the use of the facility – out of concern that patrons may abuse the  privilege.  The privilege of spending your night in a gymnasium sized building on a cot-style bed used by hundreds  prior to you.  Yes, that’s something likely to be abused.  How, I do wonder, the city anticipates that these homeless will  work their way out of the shelter and into a lifestyle that at least includes a lock on a door and their very own mattress  if   their   income   is   to   fund   the   shelter. In 2003, Key West began bussing homeless 150 miles north to Miami to help boost the tourism industry in the Keys. Denver has been practising this for over twenty years by giving homeless a one-way ticket to anywhere in the  continental US. California tried to institute this practise in 2006 in the San Francisco area, but it has not been favourably received. The homeless situation in our country is dire – a survey by HUD in 2007 determined that 3.5 million people in the US  are homeless. Of them, 40% are families with children. 41% are white and 40% are black. Of the 3.5 million homeless, 1.4 million are not yet 18 years of age. Our country has sent 12 billion dollars to Iraq to help the country stabilize – with no tangible clue as to where the bulk  of those funds were spent.
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