I share the concern of others about the plight of the homeless in Bismarck-Mandan. That they were evicted from their shelter in October, of all months, is bad enough on its own, but not to have a plan for them beyond eviction is coldhearted.

I understand the concerns of the residents near the proposed Teen Challenge location in Mandan, but we should do more locally. It is beyond admirable of Minot to open their arms and charity to those of our local homeless, but we should be beyond embarrassed that we do less than Minot.

I understand that the present governor’s residence isn’t due for demolition until February, so it seems reasonable to me that once our Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn move into the new $5 million residence, the old home could be made ready in short order to welcome the local homeless. The governor and his family enjoy the security of around-the-clock protection, so their safety wouldn’t be compromised.

Keeping the homeless warm and comfortable would be the right thing to do during this season of giving. To use the existing residence would buy time to find a more permanent solution. To point fingers as to the how and why the homeless came to this point in their lives -- now is not the time. Brrr. To provide for them -- now is the time.

Kenneth E. Drovdal, Mandan

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