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Readers write to us about Hillsboro's treatment of the homeless and Forest Grove's flag tradition.

Different accommodations for different folks

My wife and I are currently homeless.

We have a motorhome but not much income due to disabilities. We don't drink or use illegal drugs. We don't smoke tobacco or marijuana. We have two older service dogs and two younger ones in training.

How come Washington County and the city of Hillsboro cannot find accommodations for people like us?

They did for a short time behind the fairgrounds, then told us to move with no idea where we could go and stay.

Yet Hillsboro and Washington County police keep making us move around?

Even in a parking lot of a closed business, not bothering anyone and not creating trash or anything, they still seek us out and make us leave.

Why can't they find an empty lot for us?

We feed ourselves and are quiet, we do not litter, we empty our tanks at a dump station, we are current on tags and insurance. Yet they always seem to find places for those who choose to live on the streets.

I have talked to many of them.

There are a lot who don't want to work, because they say they make more money panhandling and don't have to punch a clock or have a boss and taxes.

They also say they can get high or drunk whenever they want — why work?

Many won't stay in a shelter if there is a curfew, rules to abide by.

Yet Washington County and Hillsboro will always find them places to pitch their tents and such.

And look at all the garbage they create. They don't care about littering or using the outdoors as a toilet.

The police don't even push them around like they do us, who cause no problems and have an RV.

Why don't they care about us like that?

Don't we matter?

Put that in the news and ask all the officials to respond to that.

Martin Hill, Hillsboro

Lions will continue putting out flags in 2021

For many years, the Forest Grove Lions Club has been honored and proud to put flags out for major holidays. We appreciate the participation of the local businesses who support this program.

Due to an unforeseen and unavoidable circumstance, we were unable to put flags out on Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. We apologize and assure the community that this was an isolated occurrence.

We look forward to putting out flags in February for President's Day and throughout the year.

Kyle Abeln

President, Forest Grove Lions Club


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