The U.S. homeless population has spiked to huge, record numbers in recent years. By and large homelessness is the result of mental disorders and drug and alcohol abuse. There are also homeless people who prefer that life to the alternative lifestyle of living at home.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently referred to the Los Angeles package-theft rampage as reminding him of behavior in a third-world country. Political leaders in all states where this is a serious problem must, through leadership, garner support for the building of mental-health and addiction-recovery centers in their parts of the country, and to provide for the health-care workers and other staff that will be needed to run these facilities.

Until this is done the homeless problem and the crime associated with it will continue. This is the health-care crisis of the day and it must be resolved if society is to function.


Harrison, Tenn.

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