Cape Elizabeth resident Donald Rudalevige (“Letter to the editor: Two-way traffic plan costly, absurd,” June 13) says that closing Portland’s overflow shelter for the homeless and ending General Assistance payments for asylum seekers would be “unconscionable acts.”

I am always amazed at the letter writers who do not live and pay taxes in the city, telling Portland how they should run their General Assistance program.

The right thing to do would be to have outlying communities make significant contributions to Portland’s GA budget and help defray the substantial costs incurred by this city’s taxpayers to keep these programs viable, since a majority of assistance seekers are not Portland residents.

I doubt the GA budgets of most of these communities are as generous as Portland’s. Thanks but no thanks for your advice.

Jon Roderick

Portland