Re: “Assault causes security worries at library” (TNT, 1-8).
Recent violence at Puyallup’s library is inexcusable. However, Mayor John Knutsen’s irrational, misleading remarks reveal ignorance of a shelter program as well as problem-solving skills.
Freezing Nights churches, the sole east Pierce County shelter resource, has quietly pursued its mission for 10 years. Enduring considerable stonewalling, they complied with any city and community operating requests. Freezing Nights does not serve nor is responsible for all Puyallup’s homeless population.
Good Samaritan Hospital and Puyallup police frequently bring indigent outpatients and at-risk street people to church shelters. This community service provides shelter, food, …