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Fine, let's host the Olympics -- but not until we house our homeless

Fine, let's host the Olympics -- but not until we house our homeless

To the editor: The Olympics are a magnificent event. But a $4.6-billion effort, while thousands of homeless citizens inhabit our streets, seems like bread and circuses in the old Roman Coliseum to distract the masses from the failure of the crumbling empire. ("L.A.'s revived '24 Olympic dream now heads to tough international contest," Sept. 1) Will our games in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum distract us from this glaring failure of our system? Will cameras broadcast the plight of the homeless alongside the dazzling performances of the world's best athletes? Let's make a sacred and legally binding pledge to solve homelessness in L.A. before we all indulge in such a...

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