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I used to be proud of my hometown — a place that cared about the less fortunate and was held up as an example of the good that can be done at the local level. Today I am disgusted with Placerville’s mayor, city council and members of the business community who have all turned their backs on the most vulnerable just as the weather is getting cold and the holidays are approaching. My mother (in her eighties) spends most Thursdays helping prepare meals for anyone in need at the Upper Room. What are you doing to help Madam Mayor?
Are any of you really surprised that more homeless came to a town where they thought they might find hope and compassion? You would do the same in their shoes. Certainly, there may be petty theft. I challenge each one of you to spend a few nights on the street with an empty belly and little or no money in your pocket and see how long it is before you consider theft yourself. These things mean we need to help more — not less.
I know there are still many good people in Placerville and I encourage you all to give your holiday spending money to the local charity of your choice rather than spend your dollars at the businesses that think only of their profits and not how they too can help men, women and children in desperate need.
Madam Mayor — I hope you sleep soundly in your spacious, warm home tonight.
TAMMARA EKNESS NORTON