To the editor:
It is time for the First Christian Church to realize that they are enabling many to sit around and do nothing all day. The church is like one married to an alcoholic. They are enablers. The time is now for the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) to close. It has outlived its usefulness.
The only people "benefiting" are those preparing the food. It makes them feel good. Perhaps, they wouldn't feel so good if they were to clean the urine off the steps of the church, clean up the old clothes and trash behind Trinity Episcopal Church, assist the police on a daily basis trying to get someone up from the lawn of the church with urine-soaked clothes and vomit on themselves.
Perhaps they would feel good when they observe the able-bodied men and women sitting on the porch of the Drop-In Center while others in town are working overtime to pay their taxes to support this folly that has become known as "homeless" in Lawrence, a.k.a. drunkenness and laziness in any other community.
LINK needs to close. The owner of the Drop-In Center needs to pull the lease and rent the building to a business that will complement downtown and the Oread Neighborhood (hardly a neighborhood but big as a city!). More ordinances are only smoke and mirrors and yet another attempt to diffuse the issue.