Regarding “Guard journalism,” Nov. 19, Page 31:

We need journalists to point out problems and give everyone the dignity of having a voice.

But there is another issue here. Do the homeless have any rights at all? Are people who live in tents outside of our human family? I seems so. Our religion says something different: We need to provide some basics of life for everyone.

Do we keep reporters out because someone is ashamed of what we’re doing, or just to keep the homeless powerless?

Maybe we should discuss basic rights for all humans. No fancy statements, just does everyone deserve port-a-potties, trash bins, water and a stable, safe place to stay?

If yes, the homeless might feel like they have a stake in our society. It could even reduce crime.

Katherine Hostetter

Eugene