Panhandling article puts a face to homelessness | Letter
February 6, 2013 · Updated 2:47 PM
I am a longtime resident of Kirkland and really enjoyed your article on panhandling in Kirkland. I have been driving by Jim in the Totem Lake area now for a while but had not realized he had been there three years.
The article was nice because it gave a story and a name to someone I see almost every day driving on to 405. I have learned not to judge people because I have not walked in their shoes.
This article confirmed my convictions. All of us have a story and it is nice to see stories from all types of different economic backgrounds. I think a big fear for a lot of us is being homeless and some of us are just a paycheck away. This article puts a face and name to homelessness and takes some of the stereotypes away.
I believe that everyone deserves respect. I like a person not based on their character and not their personal wealth. I have lived on the Eastside my whole life and have never seen so many homeless people. I used to see homelessness in downtown Seattle but never in Kirkland or Bellevue.
I have a friend who is homeless and believes the annual King County homeless count is way off and there are many more people on the Eastside who were not accounted for. Hopefully as the economy improves we will see a drop in homelessness, but in the meantime let’s all have compassion for one another.
Lisa Siegfried, Kirkland