St. Timothy’s is a neighborhood church. If their neighbors no longer feel safe, then St. Timothy’s needs to be held accountable as would any other neighbor that was making life difficult for others.

Before moving to Brookings, my wife and I lived in a middle-class neighborhood and the church across the street started doing homeless outreach programs. We were living in the house that my wife was born in and would have stayed, but we had people living in their cars in front of our house, sleeping on the sidewalks, making our library and park off limits to the residents and stealing everything that wasn't tied down.

These problems weren't being addressed by police or church officials, so we felt we had to leave so we could feel safe. To those people who commented on the lack of compassion of the church neighbors, walk a mile in their shoes.

Like most people, we feel empathy for those that are homeless by circumstance and are glad that there are programs that exist to help them get back on their feet. But the vast majority are homeless by choice. Whether it's an unwillingness to work or substance abuse, when you feed the bears, they forget how to hunt and they just look for the next handout.

Tom Wynne



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