The Local Issues Our Readers Care About

But the bigger issue there seems to be homelessness — and the conditions that can lead to it.

“Here in Anaheim, what to do about the homeless encamped along the Santa Ana River, in our parks, and in our freeway verges has been a very hot topic for a couple of years, getting hotter all the time,” wrote Julia Schroter.

Emily Wheeler, in Oakland, said, “the homelessness crisis is being fueled by the housing affordability crisis” — around 60 percent of the city’s homeless population had previously lived in homes in the area for over 10 years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The issue is on the ballot statewide with Proposition 10, and in the city with measures W and Y.

Income inequality was a topic across the country.

“We have a huge income gap in New Orleans,” wrote Amy Knoll. “For a town that relies on tourism, they’ve discovered that if the workers can’t live close to their jobs, there is no one to serve the people they give their amenities to.”

In northeast Ohio, the dominant issue is the opioid crisis, said Priscilla R. Smith. The state had the second-highest overdose rate in the country, behind only West Virginia, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In Massachusetts, the opioid crisis is playing out through a fight over a new bridge. Boston wants to build a bridge to an island that houses a now-dormant addiction center. But that bridge would have to run through the town of Quincy — which is opposing it.

“You can just imagine the traffic headaches, right?” wrote Claire Goodwin. “Well, the story is a major headache for the area, with all sorts of implications for wellness treatment and quality of life for the addicts and the Quincy residents.”

Bridges were a worry, too, for those of you concerned about infrastructure development.

“Here in Mississippi, it’s all about infrastructure,” wrote David McDowell. “It needs to be fixed and quickly. It’s the one thing we can all agree. We can’t, however, always agree about how to pay for it.” Last year, the Federal Highway Administration determined that hundreds of the state’s bridges were unsafe for travel, according to Mississippi Today.

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