By Letter to the Editor on October 31, 2020.
In response to the news story “Group opposed to LOPS makes its voice heard,” a number of years ago, after the untimely death of my son to fentanyl poisoning, I joined MSTH.
As an advocate of this group, I have attended the LOPS as a volunteer. I bring homemade food, water and warm clothing to help take the edge off of the cold for people sleeping outside while warm buildings surround them with locks on the doors. My son spent such nights. I write to not dispute the falsehoods in the article. I write as a concerned citizen well aware of how we are being affected by a capitalistic society bent on continually putting wedges between us.
We continue to fight, to disagree on what is right and wrong while the greed for a few fuels our disputes. As long as we remain in fight mode, the challenges of how we can support our most affected citizens will grow exponentially. Thoughtful conversations, not yelling, name calling, spitting, arresting, are needed. I, for one, will continue to be kind. Some will not agree we are doing the right thing; however, my actions do not keep me awake at night; how to rid the world of cruelty, racism and capitalism does.