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A reminder of our connection to the homeless

To the editor: Gale Holland's article shows the humanity of our city's homeless and destitute. ("How the homeless live — and what they keep — in L.A.," June 16)

Too often, the people of Los Angeles are distant from those whom they walk and drive by, and the homeless are in turn stereotyped by society's opinion of them. Holland's article showed so clearly how each of our city's poor and lost are so truly like us: They are also partial to their possessions, they love their pets, and they are set in their daily habits.

Most of us forget the old axiom, “There but for the grace of God go I.” The slippery slope is always there.

I really appreciate The Times bringing attention to all of our city's residents.

Augusta Johnson, Hollywood

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