Letters: Services needed in Haight

➤ “Homeless center to lose home,” The City, Tuesday

Services needed in Haight

This is an excellent article, but I believe it needs to go a little further in its look at gentrification, and how the attitude of people in the Haight is affecting the services provided there.

There is an anti-homeless attitude all over The City and especially in the Haight. I work with youths there, and they feel the attitude, they feel the anger and they talk about how people treat them like they are nobodies.

The reality is homelessness and these youths are not going away. They are entitled to the basic right of respect, and to deny them that goes against every humanitarian impulse human beings should stand for.

Father River Damien Sims

Director, Temenos Catholic Worker

San Francisco

Wrong direction for Haight

Your article on the homeless center losing its home stated that the building’s owners wanted to “take the building in a different direction,” but didn’t state what that new direction will be.

Here’s hoping the new direction won’t be what has become the same old direction, with yet another cutesy retailer. Or yet another artisan restaurant.

San Francisco was once known as the most European of U.S. cities. Today, The City’s ambiance is that of an upscale shopping mall with a high-end food court.

Riley B. VanDyke

San Francisco

➤ “Judge slaps NSA program,” News, Tuesday

U.S. spying unconstitutional

It comes as no surprise to people who can read that the first judge to evaluate National Security Agency spying found it unconstitutional. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

So when the Constitution says that warrants are required describing what is being searched for and why, it’s pretty clear that does not mean it’s OK to search everyone for anything without a warrant. You don’t have to be a lawyer or a judge to figure that out.

Thank you, Edward Snowden, for making this ruling possible.

Marc Perkel

Gilroy

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