Just DAYS before Christmas, the Department of Housing and Community Development forced a number of struggling homeless families currently being put up in local hotels under placement services to literally get rid of any Xmas trees and decorations those families managed to scrounge up, citing the reason "fire hazard", leaving many children devastated and the community in an uproar, doubting the legitimacy of the DHCD's reasoning. (This NEVER came up before. Why NOW?) So for now, all the decorations are in the dumpsters. My cartoon as published in the 12/23/2015 SALEM NEWS.