Letter: No exceptions whatsoever
Re “City may curtail begging” (Monitor front page, Jan 22):
I firmly believe that any and all forms of begging, panhandling or whatever else you care to call it should be banned within the city limits of Concord.
These people are annoying, they are a traffic hazard and they create an overall distasteful image of the city.
The proposed ordinance should apply straight across the board, with no exceptions whatsoever. Fine them, you say? Come on, now, let’s be realistic. They supposedly don’t have any money. Send them to jail? This time of year, some of them would probably welcome 90 days in the slammer, in where it’s nice and warm, with three squares a day – such a deal!
Also, another thing Concord should put a handle on is the Salvation Army, Concord Little League, girls’ basketball, etc. They are annoying, also. Have them put secured collection boxes at the entrances and exits or checkout lanes of these business that they stake out. That way, if you wish to give, you can do so without somebody getting in your face.