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For too long our city leaders have been fearful of any sort of litigation from the ACLU in regard to our homeless population. This fear has left with us with a city full of mounds of garbage, increased petty crime, and homeless "campers" all over the place. I applaud organizations that are helping the homeless, like Springs Rescue Mission. They have the best intentions. With the expansion of the Rescue Mission's bed count, the city needs to push back on illegal camping and get people into the Mission or out of town.

There are those who are down on their luck and just need a hand up. And then there are those who have no intention of helping themselves and will only continue to trash our once-beautiful city. These are people who have been living outside in the same spot for years. Do they really have any intention of helping themselves or are we just enabling them? Enough is enough, we need to take back what is ours.

— James McNulty

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