No one asked vigilantes to deal with the problems in this city and certainly not in this way, says letter writer.

No one asked vigilantes to deal with the problems in this city and certainly not in this way, says letter writer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Intolerance and hate doing more harm than the people out on the street

Letter writer reacts to another recent attack on a person experiencing homelessness

To the editor,

Re: Man experiencing homelessness confronted, hit with metal pipe, Oct. 13.

This is someone’s son, maybe someone’s brother. Maybe the family has been looking for him, trying to help him. What made these attackers think they’re the ones to decide what happens to the less fortunate just because they’re fortunate?

They call people junkies and criminals. But they’re the criminals and cowards too for hiding in the shadows. If they really thought they were doing the right thing, they’d own up to it. They’d be waving their flag, waiting for the adulation. Walking into that police station to turn themselves in because they did the right thing, right? Or maybe this is just how they treat people?

No one asked them to deal with the problems in this city and certainly not in this way. If their only concern is to clean up this city for their own benefit? Then go to the mayor, city councillors, the federal and provincial government. Demand programs that can help these people. Demand addictions be treated like any other illness because that’s what they are, an illness.

Hatred, it spreads faster than a wildfire and is far more dangerous than anyone on the street. We should not be tolerant of this behaviour; it will not benefit us in any way. It will tear us apart and put us at war with each other. If we don’t stop it now, then be prepared to live in a police state, because that’s what the end result will be.

Kim Dowson, Nanaimo

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