While I fully understand the desire to protect our children, what I don't comprehend is the "not in my neighborhood" attitude toward the West Baraboo homeless shelter. The people needing shelter are someone's child who made some bad decision along the way and have now had everything they own stripped away.

The homeless may be a veteran who protected our children, and us, and are now homeless due to varying circumstances. Maybe it was a house fire that left a family with nothing and no nearby relatives to assist. Just because you are homeless doesn't make you a criminal or bad person.

I would ask those who are protesting the shelter: "Have you ever been in a situation where you had to sleep in some dark alley behind a dumpster in 20 degrees below zero wind chill winter weather?" No? Thank God for blessing you with a home and warm clothes and open your hearts to those not as fortunate.

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Still against a shelter? I challenge you to spend one night outdoors with no shelter, not even a blanket, and see if that changes your perspective.

Jesus replied, "I'll tell you the truth, whatever you did for … the least of these, you did for me." Matthew 25:40.

Cindy Doescher, Baraboo

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