Perhaps all neighborhoods should share homeless burden

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I represent members of HONGKONG (Harrisburg Organization Networking for Gentrification to Keep Our Neighborhood from becoming a Ghetto) who live near Mercy Ministries. On March 18, we submitted a petition to the members of the Augusta Commission asking them to relocate or shut down Mercy Ministries, a homeless day shelter in our residential neighborhood on the corner of Crawford Avenue and Fenwick Street. Now, we are waiting for justice.

The only way that it will be acceptable to have a homeless shelter in a residential location would be to require every neighborhood in Augusta to share the burden of "hosting" the homeless population. The homeless would have to be equally divided among neighborhoods. The Summerville neighborhood, the downtown business district and the Riverwalk area must also be included. That is the only compromise that we are willing to accept.

We are interested in how residents of all other Augusta neighborhoods feel regarding this matter.

Butch Palmer, Augusta

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dani
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dani 03/30/08 - 06:53 pm
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Not. This question is not to

Not. This question is not to me, but anyhow.. I think Rush & Ann recommends half-way houses to initiate them into them back into the work force so that they can be self-sufficient. I haven't heard them in awhile so their views might have changed. O'reilly is an Independent and very much a moderate and would likely go along with the independent's view, whatever that view might be.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 03/30/08 - 07:43 pm
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http://www.hongkongaugustaga.

http://www.hongkongaugustaga.org/ We need the Bill 268 to pass that was mentioned in this article, test their kids, too!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 03/30/08 - 08:02 pm
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Bill 268 would require anyone

Bill 268 would require anyone who gets public assistance to have to take mandatory durg tests. Heck, give me munchies and a "crib" and I would not bark at taking a drug test.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 03/30/08 - 11:13 pm
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The kroc center is coming to

The kroc center is coming to harrisburg. So just be patient only 10 cities in the south will have kroc centers.

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patriciathomas 03/30/08 - 11:19 pm
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Not your dad, I would guess

Not your dad, I would guess that Rush and Ann have the usual mind set of conservatives. People that can support themselves, but won't, should be allowed to live as they choose and people that can't take care of themselves should be dealt with by their family, friends and church. If none of these are available, the state or local government should do what they can to keep them in an environment where they will be no danger to themselves or others.

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carlyle 03/31/08 - 01:49 pm
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dani, In case you check back

dani,

In case you check back on this story. MM is housing some of their people at 644 Crawford ave. I live on crawford Ave.

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