As a writer myself, I have to point out that every writer has a personal motive when working up a story. Just because the subject of the narrative is noble, does not mean the writer got it right or even wanted to. To write a story highlighting the moral paucity of Missoulians lacks critical thinking and the Independent once again has demonstrated its commitment to strife and sensationalism rather than to whom Missoulians are and what we do. FYI, there are more nonprofit organizations per capita in Missoula than nearly anyplace else in the country. We are a compassionate city and the reasons why folks don't give to the homeless on the street are myriad: plastic in the pocket rather than cash; guilt over not being able to give; fear--take a look at how many registered sex offenders list the Pov or the Kim Williams trail as their address; belief systems-many, many Missoulians write checks to the Pov, to Salvation Army, to the food bank because they want their dollars to go further than offering a buck here or there. Overall, I just have to say, as one who has spent twenty years serving our community in nonprofits, including as director of the Pov, that it does not help the homeless to tell Missoulians they are inhospitable, stingy and ignorant. Why not open doors instead of closing them?
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