Letter: Panhandlers aren’t looking for trouble
Re “Police must step in” (Monitor letter, Jan. 18):
I guess “causing cars to stop suddenly” is of greater concern to Dennis R. Soucy than that which the panhandler would claim concerning his hungry tummy. Has anyone seen a vagabond obstruct traffic in a way that would suggest such a thing? God almighty, these people can’t keep their feet warm!
The homeless hunger corps stands to one side (not in the way) of the black Lexus, its glut of carefully scribed signs a way to say to others that it hasn’t more trouble to offer than the shirt off of its back. Who are these people anyway, and why do they attract such citywide attention?
You don’t like the sight of them – the wanly colored clothing, the five o’clock shadow – look elsewhere! Watch as the food-shopper rows her basketful of goodies gently down the stream of financial solvency.
Yet which is it: Distorted thought founded upon a lack of compassion or just the chance to stir up the very trouble for which Soucy says the beggar should stand trial?