In “For homeless, library offers refuge from reality, the cold” (News, Dec. 29), the statement,“Officials don't see homeless as major problem” makes me furious. How can they not see it as a major problem? Allowing them to loiter in a $21.5 million taxpayer-funded facility, much less a library, will drive away the very people who paid for the structure and the money for keeping the doors open. The homeless don't pay taxes now nor will they be likely to pay any in the future. Perhaps they could add a large room on the jail with a few books.
I don't want to come off like I'm better than many of the homeless, but I wouldn't go in there with them and run my fingers down the rows of books or sit in a chair that they lounged in for a few hours nor use a keyboard after they used it. Most of these people are dirty and unkempt and carry things around like colds and worse. I would most certainly not let my children use the facilities. I have avoided sightseeing of places or things in cities across America because of the bums and homeless hanging out there. Sure I feel for them, but this is just not right.
Delmer Newton, Choctaw