Letter to the editor: Life and death matter

To the editor:

Unless we do something, someone is going to die.

I volunteer just two hours a month at DARE (Drop-In and REspite Center) at 10th and Kentucky streets (we need more volunteers!). Recently, there were at least 10 people there who spent the night sleeping outside in freezing temperatures. The forecast the next day was snow and a low of 23 degrees. A call to the Lawrence Community Shelter showed that, because of policy formed from a study by city and county leadership, there is an explicit rule that no additional clients be allowed in. Our shelter has always taken people in during extreme weather in the past.

In August, somehow there was a decision made to remove 65 people from the Lawrence Community Shelter (with three weeks’ notice). This is a travesty of decision-making. The current decision to not give shelter in extreme weather is inhumane. I am not trying to find blame. We must find a solution. Right now. Before someone dies.

Steve Ozark,

Lawrence

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