Saturday (Oct. 5) Post Bulletin front page article is a frigid tale of misguided efforts.

Making nonviolent, nondestructive behavior illegal does not show empathy for those who are so often left out in the cold.

Vandalism, harassment, and assault are real crimes and we already have laws against them. But to ban resting or sleeping in a public space? That’s cold-hearted.

Surely we can engage with our neighbors without jail time and fines.

Prohibition isn’t compassion. And “out of sight, out of mind” is a policy for the undignified. hope it is not our civic leaders’ hearts that need a warming center.

Shaun Atkielski, Rochester

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