On Dec. 23, the Marshall News Messenger reported that a homeless-people enclave located at Interstate 20 and Highway 59 was raided and burned by some members of the Marshall Police Department.

Homelessness is a sociological problem. The homeless come from all walks of life. Homelessness is not discriminatory. People of any race, economics or military service are members of the homeless population. Families, including children and mothers, are not immune from being homeless.

Homeless people, whether we like them or not, are God’s people. Proverbs 22:2 reades, “The rich and the poor have this in common: The Lord is the maker of them all.”

Why must we treat the homeless or poor with such disdain that we thumb our noses at them and wish them out of existence? Allow the homeless and the poor to live in peace and assist them, because God asks us to love eand be respectful to one another. Destroying their shelters, exposing them to nature’s elements, is inhumane.

The Marshall City Commission ought to develop a comprehensive plan or policy with respect to the homeless problem. It is a serious problem and needs a serious solution.

May God bless the homeless and the poor.