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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just ‘demand‘ things?

RE: “A homeless revolution” [Voices, Jul. 17]:

I read about the homeless “revolution” and protest proposed by one James Douglas.

Douglas is upset that he was told to leave a park after hours. The same would be told to any citizen — homeless or not — who is in any public park or space after hours.

Douglas states over and over he will not comply with any “orders” even if he does receive help. Yet he wishes to demand the non-homeless in Brattleboro treat him with “respect and dignity,” when the reality is that he has no more right to tell anyone else how to behave than he feels people can tell him how to act.

He also says that in the long term the homeless “demand” housing.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just “demand” things — a home to live in, a car to get around in, clothing, health care, food — and not have any personal responsibility to help achieve those things?

Nowhere in his piece do I see anything about what he plans to do to help himself achieve the stated goals. If you are making demands of others, you must also submit to the demands of others (including the legal system); if you want something, you must take some personal responsibility to achieve the things you demand. Nobody will hand it to you.

Sandy Golden
Hinsdale, N.H.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #523 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019). This story appeared on page D3.

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