As I walk along the Boardwalk admiring the bay, the birds, and the boats, I’m touched by a painful contrast. The bay and the birds are nature’s bounty not dependent upon humans, but the boats dance across the waters powered by people with paddles. When the boat people complete their voyages, they bring their boats ashore and lovingly wash them clean before they put them away on their racks (beds?!) in secure weather tight buildings for the night. The sad and emotionally jarring contrast is one hundred yards up hill where up to ten “homeless people” huddle from the cold and rain night and day.
Can’t our city Fathers and Mothers find some way to provide (or at least permit) some shelter for these human beings? Perhaps it would be too much to ask for a building as elaborate as the boathouses, but at least a shed with a dry floor, a roof, and walls to stop the wind and rain.
Yours in hope,