Mugato: I'm sure this has nothing to do with the Republican convention coming into town.
Godscrack: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x313]Give us this day, our daily bread.In Arizona, it's illegal to give away food, clothing or money to the homeless in 'public areas'. Police will consider you suspect if they catch you talking with a homeless person. More laws targeting the poor by super rich conservatives who claim to be 'Christians'.Got to keep those jails full. That way they can get more money from a fed government they despise in order to make a big-ass profit off their private prisons.
blackflag415: The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
OgreMagi: With that said, what Clearwater is doing won't fix the problem. I suggest they take over the Co$ SeaOrg campus and turn it into a homeless shelter.
RexTalionis: East Gateway neighborhood could mean a $500 fine, 60 days in jail or both.Great. Fight the homeless by giving them a home for 60 days at a time, with 3 hots and a cot, all on the public dime. That's pretty smart./farking douchebags.
teto85: not the Republitard or Supply Side Jebus.
Tymast: RexTalionis: East Gateway neighborhood could mean a $500 fine, 60 days in jail or both.Great. Fight the homeless by giving them a home for 60 days at a time, with 3 hots and a cot, all on the public dime. That's pretty smart./farking douchebags.sad part is the ocean is right there, all it takes is one ferry trip and there won't be many repeat offenders.
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Anenu: How about instead of throwing them in jail we throw them into a mental hospital or a rehab facility? Any way you do it taxpayers are going to be sponsoring it but at least one way might actually help these people and turn them into productive citizens.
clambam: Wow. I've been working on an art project for the past three years, a series of oil portraits of panhandlers in Harvard Square, and I've gotten to know them pretty well. I asked one of them why he didn't hang out in Florida where it was warm all the time and his answer pretty much reflected the tenor of this article. The funny thing is, I doubt the swarms of homeless beggars in Harvard Square--and there are a lot of 'em--detract in any way from the local economy. Probably the opposite, they add another note of local color to the buskers, street performers, living statues, etc. that enliven the area. It seems like the loophole in the law is the whole First Amendment thing. Just replace your "Homeless, Need to Eat" signs with "Death to the Capitalist Pigs" signs and they can't touch you.[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 486x640]
Funny_Like_A_Clown: Anenu: How about instead of throwing them in jail we throw them into a mental hospital or a rehab facility? Any way you do it taxpayers are going to be sponsoring it but at least one way might actually help these people and turn them into productive citizens.your mistake is thinking that the town actually wants to do anything to HELP the homeless, when in fact their only goal is to prevent people from having to see them or deal with them.
PapaChester: Ah yes, a Republican hot spot relying on a bigger, more invasive government fist.THIS IS NOT WHAT YOUR PARTY IS SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR!
Jim_Callahan: Every city does this to one degree or another. Even Berkeley, CA, which is probably the most homeless-friendly city in the US, has the standard open-container statutes and so on.Admittedly it gets more extreme in some places, but "no sitting on public sidewalks" is far from unusually strict, is what I'm saying here. From personal experience I'd guess well over half of our major cities have those for at least commercial districts.
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