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Letter: Homeless shelter's opponents heartless

Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy wants the county

Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy wants the county to cancel its contract with the operator of 96-family shelter in Hauppauge. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Shame on those residents of Hauppauge and Smithtown, and Suffolk County Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who want to shut down a shelter for 96 homeless families ["Outcry over new shelter," News, Nov. 9]. Here we are entering the Thanksgiving and holiday season, and a bunch of Ebenezer Scrooges wants to displace poor and homeless families. It's a disgrace!

We are still in the middle of an economic recession that has many of our most vulnerable residents at risk, while a bunch of "not in my backyard" protesters opposes housing for these homeless families.

Opponents of this shelter should ask themselves about their own sense of right and wrong, and moral responsibility, before pursuing this effort to close this family shelter.

Jerry Bilinski, Riverhead