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By Jeffrey Herman, San Clemente

Sandra Weaver wrote a heartfelt letter to the San Clemente Times in its Dec. 12 issue regarding the homeless, blaming government and society for their situation.

Let’s look at a couple of facts, which are undeniable:

  1. Every person’s present-day condition can almost always be traced back to decisions he or she made earlier in life; neither the government nor society is responsible for the continual bad decisions a person makes.
  2. Every person living on the street is someone’s son or daughter, someone’s brother or sister, someone’s father or mother. Where are the relatives of the homeless? Why aren’t they reaching out to their own family member living on the street?

I’m sure if Ms. Weaver discovered she had a homeless relative, she wouldn’t hesitate to assist that family member in some way. (You would, right, Sandra?)

To show the rest of us how sincere Ms. Weaver is, why doesn’t she invite a homeless person into her own home—surely, she has a spare room, or can set aside space in her garage or backyard, and provide nourishment and care to that person.

Doing so would set an example for the rest of us that compassion and responsibility begin with each concerned individual.

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  • I’m not Sandra Weaver of San Clemente but I will reply to this letter. Many years ago one of my close relatives was diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Our family did everything under the sun to keep this relative on meds and safe. Despite this, he spent over 15 years homeless. He is now 70 and has been safe in a Group Home for the past 3 years. Why? Because he finally was given a conservator. It took 37 years to get that conservator.
    Until you have walked in the shoes of a homeless person, or those of family members who work desperately everyday to keep their loved ones safe, you have no idea the roadblocks that are there because of our laws.
    Sandie Weaver
    San Juan Capistrano

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