Letter: ‘Damaged heart’ needs healing

I agree that the downtown area could use some cleaning up. I can’t think of a city or town that doesn’t.

Dear Editor,

I’m outraged.

I’m writing you with respect to the letter by Mike Brian published in the July 23 Langley Advance [Downtown dirty, dangerous].

I agree that the downtown area could use some cleaning up. I can’t think of a city or town that doesn’t. Could more efforts be made? Suuuure!

However, I take great exception to Mr. Brian calling these homeless people “useless parasites” and “scum.”

I can’t believe his diabolical lack of compassion and empathy towards other human beings.

Does he think they like being homeless and addicted to drugs?

Does he think they enjoy sleeping on the street and wondering where their next meal will come from?

Does he assume they’re proud, happy people enjoying a comfy, privileged way of living?

Maybe instead of ranting and raving – and cruelly insulting others who clearly need help and support – Mr. Brian could look inwards… and concentrate on healing his own damaged heart.

I post this with Miles Gallagher in mind.

I’m sure Mr. Brian would have quickly dismissed Miles as one of the “parasites” he so coolly refers to, but from what I’ve learned about Miles Gallagher and his horrifying death, I have found him to have been anything but that.

Marie Fraser, Langley



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