Rgument writing assignment ESSAY 1, from a given article Homlessness

Argument writing assignment ESSAY 1
From The following article (Letter to the Editor: On Homlessness), write an essay, double-space ( New Roman font and 12 point as font size) , two-page argument opposing (a?doubtinga?) the issue of homelessness as presented in either the explicit or implicit example shared in class. In your essay include Introduction body and conclusion, no citing (reference) needed.

Letter to the Editor: On Homlessness
Homelessness; what does it mean and how can we address it?
Before I get started, please consider what you read as if someoneas life depends on it a because it may. Discuss those thoughts with everyone you speak. Bring those answers with you to the downstairs meeting room at Newport Public library on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
Newport is home to a warming center, at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds. It has been open twice this winter. The center doesnat open until temperatures reach 34 degrees with certain wind speeds, or 32 degrees with no wind. When the center opens, a-frame signs are used to alert the outdoor population, and there is a radio announcement. In order to use the warming center, you must be checked for warrants-and will be subject to arrest if you have a high level warrant. At the last moment, volunteers bake food and bring it to the center, where it is then unwrapped, reheated and made available to eat.
Our transient population that is forced to camp is subject to being forcibly removed from their campsites. They have their belongings and structures destroyed beyond repair by authorities and thrill-seekers. And yet they are forced to camp because it is not lawful to sleep in your vehicle, even if it is the only shelter from the elements that you have. Your vehicle may be towed at your own expense and impounded.
The people you see holding signs and asking for help are NOT the face of our homeless population. They are not well off, they do not have houses like you probably do. And yet people tend to give little or nothing to these individuals. Most people donat even give them the dignity of recognition.
Our transient population, locally, state-wide and nationally, is as diverse a population as those with homes. They are children, they are parents, they are veterans, they are the grandparents whose social security checks no longer match the cost of living. They are the people whose jobs were cut due to downsizing, and didnat qualify for unemployment, or didnat find a job before it was too late. They are students, they are artists. Some are ill and need help getting their medications. Some even need help taking them. Sure, some drink, some do drugs, as is true in every neighborhood in this country. The difference is that our neighbors have a place to hide their secrets. They have a home.
This winter, people will die in our community. They will die due to lack of shelter, they will die due to lack of medical care, and some will die trying to ease their pains. But that isnat the worst of it. They will be jailed; they will lose time and again the very basic things that keep them alive. They wonat experience comfort or security; they wonat receive the general respect that we give each other in our community. No one will call or write. There will be no rides to the hospital or dentistas office. They wonat be storing food and water during the storms. When the high winds come and our community pulls together to repair the damages and free up the roads, no one is going to ask if they need help. There will be no warm showers or clean laundry.
We provide these things for our prisoners; humanity, recognition, basic needs, safety, medical care, housing, even community. Yet we sentence those who have suffered a misfortune to death without blinking an eye. Is that who you are? That is not who I am.
We can do something about this. We do have enough time to contribute to seeing it through. We are responsible to our fellow humans, to our community. We are all just one tragic turn of fate from understanding firsthand what it means to be homeless, to be invisible, to be unwanted, unappreciated, disrespected, cold, wet, hungry and starved for humanity. We must not continue to throw around the same old clichA©s; we must not blame the problem on those who simply make us aware that there is one by no choice of their own. We must not pretend that any business is going to hire a poorly dressed, unclean individual with no address, regardless of how great their resume is, especially in these economic times.
We can insist that sleeping in your vehicle is not a crime. We can insist that it is unacceptable to destroy anyoneas belongings and anyoneas home. We can insist that warmth is available in the winter, period, to anyone who is cold. We can insist that our tax supported parks leave the light on at night and the doors open to the restrooms, there is no need to close public to the public. We can do a lot of things, and we arenat alone. Humanity starts with us. It is time that we recognize that the faults within our systems create the issues that cause homelessness; it is not the people who suffer for it who are to blame. This is our community and our home. Let us take care of it
Jamie Kifer, Lincoln County Oregon