N. Carrier: Homelessness happens

This is in response to the letter by the Rev. Douglas Taylor (Feb. 18). His letter concerned Sam Chamberlain, a homeless youth turned advocate (Feb. 13).

True, there are two sides to every story and, yes, it takes two to tango, but who is Taylor to judge a homeless person? As a reverend, a man of God, he should be kind, understanding and sympathetic.

My goal, when I was a young person, was to work with the poor and homeless. Never in a million years thinking that I would be there myself some day.

Many years ago, I chose to leave the security of convent life, only to be left alone to deal with a debilitating, life-threatening illness. Years later, I walked out of an abusive relationship with my husband. That was the third time I was homeless. I won't speak of the second time.

I can sympathize with Chamberlain.

So, what is my point? People don't need to know all the details. Homelessness is nobody's choice. It happens.

Everyone has the ability to reinvent themselves. Kudos to Chamberlain for having the courage to change his life around; for moving ahead and reclaiming himself.

Shame on the Rev. Taylor, and may God be with him.

Nancy Carrier, Lewiston

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DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Deal with it.

Hey spent three years in the 9th grade. In return for my foolishness I ended up on the streets homeless. I became a loser and went to jail and I got my G.E.D while I did a 7 1/2 month sentance. Because I am a felon I work dead end and low paying jobs. Most of the time I am working two jobs to pay the bills. Most of the problems I have had in life were my fault and I had to pay a price. I still pay a price to this day for things I did in the past. These days I spen a lot of time warning the youth not to take the wrong way. Having a little money and being poor is nothing new for me. Having to work hard for a little and being tired is nothing new for me. Poverty does not mean you that you have a right to live off of someone who has worked hard and played by the rules. Poverty does not mean you should not wash up or comb your hair. Being poor does not give anyone a right to become a theif. Take responsibility for yourself and work hard and do extra up and above what is expeceted. Be real, be honest, and if you make a mess out of your life own up to it. Rise up above your troubles because they are your troubles. Deal with it! Amen.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

People just love to beat on

People just love to beat on Rev. Taylor. He knows of what he speaks; he's been there himself.

 's picture

taylor, once is enough

taylor, once is enough

Steve  Dosh's picture

. ..uh huh , Dan ? 15:10

. ..uh huh , Dan ? 15:10 Monday
One and you're done • ' Not Even Once ' - The moniker of our anti - ice campaign here in Pahoa HI u s a
We distribute black wristbands and educate children and adults about crystal meth , ice and how it - d e s t r o y s - families and turns people into thiefs and felons
h t h ? /s, Dr. Dosh , FSO & RPCV ( ret.)
former counter - narcotics officer in Guatemala for four years
now http://hawaii.methproject.org/ volunteer :)

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Be real!

I do not need go out in the cold and rain and sleep under a overpasses. When you go to work and do what is right you can pay your rent and sleep inside a warm place. By choosing to do wrong will produce a consequence. We can prevent bad things from happening. I promote talikg responsibility for ourselves. Being responsible and following rules can put an end to 90% of the problem of homelessness.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

My b.s. alarm just went off.

Try making it on minimum wage for awhile, Rev. I'll bet your lifestyle as well as your opinion just might change. No, on second thought, probably not.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Be real!

I do not need go out in the cold and rain and sleep under a overpasses. When you go to work and do what is right you can pay your rent and sleep inside a warm place. By choosing to do wrong will produce a consequence. We can prevent bad things from happening. I promote talikg responsibility for ourselves. Being responsible and following rules can put an end to 90% of the problem of homelessness.

Steve  Dosh's picture

N. Carrier: Homelessness happens

Nancy , 12.02.23 20:20 in Hawai'i
. .i agree 1 0 0 % with everything you have said
No body in their right mind chooses homelessness . i firmly believe that people try as hard as they can , within their demonstrated capabilities given the circumstances that are often thrust upon them
We are all ( all of us ) victims of our choices to a certain degree
This is not meant to be a cynical or sarcastic remark
" **it happens ," to quote Forrest Gump
During this Lenten season i would suggest that the good Rev. Taylor take off the collar , re-read John Griffen's 1 9 6 1 book " Black Like Me , " ref : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Like_Me , go out in the cold and rain and under the overpasses , near the dumps next to the camp fires and spend a night or three with these poor souls . Become a ' ho-bo ' [ whore-boy ; an orphan ] and see what it's - r e a l l y - like . It may possibly bring new meaning to the phrase , " There , by the grace of God , go i ." Sincerely , Steve Dosh , R P C V Micro '78

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