Sad memorials

San Francisco may soon have sidewalk memorials to some of the homeless people who die on city streets each year. Matier and Ross in the S.F. Chronicle tell us about a plan to put bronze plaques as commemorative memorials. The plaques will give information about the person’s name and the circumstances of his or her life. The Board of Supervisors voted to support the measure and costs will be met by private gifts. This isn’t the kind of memorial any city could be proud of, but perhaps it is a good idea for people to remember those among us whose lives have somehow dwindled into poverty and rootlessness. Too often we look past them and do not see the person behind the stereotype. We have to be reminded that they have names and histories like everyone else.

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