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Return home finds a ‘sad’ Eugene

I returned to my home town the other day and thought I would go downtown for a walk. What a sad, sad state of affairs. It is appalling to see the number of vagrants that have taken control of downtown Eugene. The term homeless doesn t apply I m a left-leaning liberal, but the aggression and anger, the sheer nastiness of the people that have overtaken the city core, is beyond the pale. Despite walking only five blocks, and passing eight police officers or security guards, I was accosted three times. Panhandling is one thing, but the vitriolic anger when declined was startling. As I left I passed one poor Eugene officer, a young woman, being screamed at for standing across the street from a pack of a dozen of these folks. It was as pathetic a sight as I ve ever seen. Where will this lead? I can t imagine anyone who lives in the city would be comfortable shopping downtown. And you can be sure that any visitor who makes the mistake of visiting will do so only once. Do you plan to simply cede the core to this group? What happens to Eugene when there isn t an actual city?

It s time for Eugene City Council and the people of Eugene to open their eyes and get real about this situation.

Martin Kennedy

Okotoks, Alberta

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