Dear Editor, Our community does not have the capability, resources, capacity or moral obligation to solve the “homeless” problem, especially when many are transient transplants from outside of Curry County.

There are simple solutions to resolving the plight of this unfortunate group and individuals. The recent dismantling of the camp off of South Bank Chetco Road exposed glaring problems with how the vagrant community is allowed to ignore the law and moral and ethical guidelines.

They have been and continue to be allowed to violate laws, and regulations prohibiting dumping, trespassing, environmental offenses and being a public nuisance. Why is this allowed?

Simply enforcing existing laws within this county will alleviate much of the blight. Even offering the services to this most recent group was a mistake. It continues a pattern of enabling this undesired behavior.

This passive-aggressive “acting out” against our society and community should not be condoned, allowed or supported. Those supporting this group and individuals are for all intents and purposes aiding and abetting these criminal actions.

Although law-abiding citizens can be deterred from unwanted behavior by the use of fines, it should be obvious that effective deterrence is likely only achievable by incarceration of increasingly lengthier duration with each new violation.

Lincoln Okada

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