In her letter of Aug. 17 (“Elected officials must face homelessness head-on”) Audrey Mead gets it backward. Homelessness has been created by zoning laws and building codes that have pushed up the cost of housing. If you look along East Avenue in Westerly, you will see a lot of small houses that were probably built after World War II. Houses like that can’t be built today. Renters now have “rights” — the right to move in, not pay rent, trash the place and move out.
What is needed is for politicians to do an about-face and stop pushing us down the road to socialism, where rights become entitlements. They might even come up with the idea that a man should support his own children.