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My Country Tis of TheeIf youve been to San Francisco lately then you know homelessness is a big problem Its impossible to go anywhere in the city without being confronted by panhandlers and other individuals living in exile More and more common is the frowzy vagabond with the sign Homeless Will work for food God Bless Even outside urban communities this has become a prevalence at busy intersections and freeway off-ramps Im not trying to say homelessness is a newly emerging problem in our society Im sure homeless people have been around since the Pilgrims left Europe in search of religious freedom However the situation has escalated to such a degree in the last ten years that its obviously now a chronic problem that our government is trying to write off Ironically as the number of homeless families increase across our beloved country so do corporate profits Driving right past the beggar on the street corner are sixty thousand dollar automobiles with passengers too busy to stop and throw out a dollar to help feed a hungry American with no place to live Something is very wrong with that pictureI once had the misfortune of being stranded in San Francisco in the middle of the night My car was stolen I had no money and no one to call I went to an all-night restaurant to escape the cold and sat on a couch in the lobby to think about what I was going to do After about thirty minutes I was approached by a squalid gentleman who asked if I needed a place to stay A little hesitant I shrugged my shoulders and nodded We walked a couple blocks to a shelter for homeless people My guide said his name was Evan and the place we were going wasnt exactly the Hilton but it was safe It was an empty government building in the Civic Center area The smell was horrendous a mixture of
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