2002-06-22 / Letters

Bums Are People Too

Bums Are People Too

Dear Editor;

This is my response to last week's opinion of a concerned 16-year-old teen who had strong beliefs about too many "bums" on 116th Street. My opinion totally differs in this serious matter. I am also a sixteen-year-old girl who has resided in Rockaway my whole life. I find last week's opinion to be rude, inconsiderate, and cold-hearted. Who is this person (A concerned teen) to judge these poor and homeless human beings without knowing their history? I walk past Pickles n Pies quite often per day and I see these men referred to as "pathetic bums." I find that these men are respectful and thankful in asking for charity. No one person is obligated to give to the needy, it is just a good deed to give a spare quarter to someone in need. I find it disgusting and repulsive to bash disabled people, calling them "bums." How do you know if these human beings are capable of working? I too, come from a family of hard-workers but I have always been taught to treat others with kindness, not hostility. So I would like to say to this concerned teen that in order to end homelessness, we must shower people with consideration and love.


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