City parks have a 10 p.m. curfew. Why and who decided to overlook this ordnance? Why are people allowed to sleep at City Hall after being asked to leave the private property where they were trespassing and had set up temporary tents?

Is this now an open invitation for disgruntled persons or organizations to do the same at City Hall or any city park in the future? Who is deciding when actions are or aren’t to be taken?

I am disappointed to hear that the city has been given a list of “demands” when there are already so many existing programs, such as the Rescue Mission and Religious Collation to assist people that seek help through a process that’s been in place for in excess of 40 years.

Our local residents and organizations bend over backwards to help people in need both financially and by volunteering. Frederick is by far one of the most giving, caring communities in the state.

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Brookhawk

Having recently been run into by a bicycler in Baker park, after dodging a few on a walk there and a few skateboarders (motorized and not), I'm a lot more concerned about vehicular traffic in the park that people sitting on benches. So, I don't go to Baker park anymore. I will go back to feeding the homeless at Asbury church once the COVID situation allows. The homeless are a lot more courteous and frankly, a lot more fun to talk to and be with.

sevenstones1000

Obviously the programs that have been around for more than 40 years are not actually meeting the needs of our poor and fragile population or they would have eliminated homelessness years ago.

This letter is Exhibit A in the White Privilege Hall of Fame.

Piedmontgardener

Nah, you don't get it. We clean the parks of this trash. We make sure kids can swing without addicts nodding out. Sorry, this has jack to do with white privilege, what you are discussing is homeless privilege, That's about to be a real conversation in this town, there's assistance and then there's toleration and ignorance of petty crime, open drug abuse and taking over public parks so that mother's can't walk down the block to the swings without doing a calculus on whose in the park.

shiftless88

Piedmont; you are making the assumption that the issues you discuss are exclusively, or even predominantly, issues created by homeless people. I believe that is incorrect.

Piedmontgardener

No I'm not. I am very well aware of the homeless population's actions in our neighborhood.

shiftless88

again, I am pretty sure that people who are not homeless do drugs, petty crime and so on.

shiftless88

I remember just a few years ago when people were complaining because Mexicans were filling up the parks on weekends. There are some serious racists in this county

JerryR

Shifty - Ms. Kline is right!! We're just sick of the leftist crap that promotes this type of behavior - just like your response espouses. Although I'm not against anyone using our parks for recreation and enjoyment, but there is some truth to the illegals taking them over on weekends - try getting into Greenbriar on a weekend, see who dominates the park. Try finding a camping spot. Some of the behavior being witnessed is abhorrent and threatening to others. As for the homeless, MS. Kline is correct, there are so many avenues for the homeless to find help and support. But yet the libby's want more. It's insane.

Frankle1

Those community organizations are either stretches thin or not meeting the needs. The city needs to step up. These are people in need of help.

Awteam2021

I find it’s a problem too. But homeless people sleeping at City Hall or in parks after 10pm, because they are disgruntled? I doubt that. Or is it, they don’t have a place to stay and need help.

I agree old programs, as well as, good samaritans have done a commendable job in trying to address homelessness but their efforts never have illuminated all homelessness “street people” and not enough to address all today’s homeless needs. There are many reasons why fellow humans live in the streets. Is that your point? Is that what you are disappointed over and want to help?

Dwasserba

Am I wrong here in sorta remembering it was not just persons experiencing homelessness but others (possibly taxpayers) also who were there in solidarity/protest. This is a “park”? Do taxpayers maintain it? Parks may close at 10pm but if you are a city taxpayer, is it really considered “trespassing” to be there? Lastly, “collation” is quite different from “coalition” but spellcheck does not discern and so, we have editors. Or maybe we don’t. “Ordnance?”

threecents

Become an editor.

gjthuro

unfortunately a sign of the times

threecents

That does not sound very Christian.

Greg F

Christians did the crusade...so this is nothing new on that front.

gary4books

Harsh.

public-redux

Should it?

threecents

I think so but not sure.

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