Oh, goody -- another "cause" to fill the editorial page with. I have a proposition for all the bleeding hearts who seem to feel that the Metro system was created to house the homeless: instead of suggesting that someone else shoulder this burden, why not take a half-dozen of the homeless home with you each night? You've surely got the room, and your home is going to be heated whether or not you have guests, right?
Everyone seems to be sick of something these days, and I'm sick of this tired old argument every winter.
Are the homeless a problem of society? If yes, which society -- local? federal? I've seen no guarantee of housing in the Constitution, so I guess it's not a federal problem. If the homeless are a problem of local society, then society has a way to deal with them: create a government agency and fund it. Has this been done? No? Then society -- that is, the citizens of D.C. -- does not perceive the homeless as a problem.
It is apparent that various individuals see the homeless as a problem. Aside from the one-on-one solution I've suggested, let me pose a few others. Churches are empty but heated most nights, and days, of every week. Why don't the homeless stay there? The illogic that says "Let Metro house them" can be extended: the Treasury building, like a church, is empty and heated most nights. Sois Agriculture. So is the Capitol.And don't forget the Smithsonian and National Airport. Why don't they have the burden of housing the homeless?
We've all paid a lot of taxes for a subway. Those waiting areas are great for skateboarding and bicycle-riding. Is that okay? Or how about round-the-clock rock bands? Ordemonstrations? There are a lot of people who would like to use Metro for something other than transportation.
God doesn't guarantee housing, and neither does the government; life is tough all around. I helped pay for a subway, not a public sewer. If this municipality deems that I am to help pay for housing the homeless through higher taxes, so be it. But until that happens, leave Metro alone. Try the mayor's office -- he's not here very often when it snows. -- Gil Newbold