by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Boone is closing its public restrooms. They provided shelter with heat and plumbing and were therefore attracting homeless people. That was understandable, and Todd Carter, director of development at the local Hospitality House homeless shelter, was entirely sympathetic. He said were he in their shoes, he would not want to sleep in the shelter with 100 other people. He understood why some people prefer to sleep in their cars or on the streets. Unlike working people, the unemployed don’t have the luxury of sleeping over at one or the other of their jobs because their landlady has already taken in four other people to share their bathroom. But that’s beside the point. The restrooms are closed because some of the homeless are using the facilities for illegal activities and vandalizing them.