Disputes claims about Loaves and Fishes
To the Editor:
I enjoy reading The Spectrum and I feel compelled to respond to Jay Lewin's letter printed in the April 26 issue.
Why do people state they have a "concern" for the welfare of the poor and homeless, but then go on to show they just want to get rid of them, like they are blemishes on the face of this town?
Mr. Lewin would not make a good lawyer.
He assumes facts that are not in evidence. Nor would he make a good investigative reporter.
For example, regarding his claim people from out of state are eating at Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House. I have a vision of him skulking around the Richmond Citizen Center parking lot looking for out-of-state license plates.
Actually, that particular car with the New Jersey plates he referred to is a loaner to a New Milford resident.
Also, some of the people you see getting off the Danbury bus and eating at Loaves & Fishes are actually people who work in Danbury and live in New Milford.
And, even if someone from Danbury were to come to New Milford and eat at Loaves & Fishes, my question is, so what? This is a free country.
Perhaps most offensive in Mr. Lewin's letter is his assertion "it's not pleasant" for bridal party guests on the Green to see homeless people.
Another fact: The Senior Center and Loaves & Fishes are never open at the same time. So, there is no reason for seniors and the guests of the kitchen to have contact with each other.
Recently, my son passed a homeless man on the street while he was on his way to work. He brought the man to a coffee shop, bought him breakfast and chatted with him.
I am as proud of him for that action as I am of his many military accomplishments.