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November 16, 2008


To the editor:

The Lawrence City commissioners are considering a new ordinance that would prohibit poor people from asking passers-by for money, a practice known as "panhandling." A city attorney is properly concerned about such an ordinance's fairness, about whether the ordinance would prohibit all requests for money. May I suggest that, in the interest of fairness, any new ordinance should prohibit banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies and the like from asking for tax money that comes from Lawrence residents?

We who are lucky enough to have an income to pay taxes on should have as much protection from being asked for money by the people who got the country into this financial mess as we do from being asked for money by the people who are the banks', mortgage companies' and insurance companies' victims.

John Rosen,


kczach2001 9 years, 5 months ago

The problem is with panhandlers and business areas. The economy is scaring away business bad enough. Panhandlers will add more fuel to the fire as far as scaring away customers to downtown businesses. They need to be bused to Topeka where there is no businesses downtown anyway.

appleaday 9 years, 5 months ago

Actually, the insurance company uses the money to pay the CEO, who buys a lot of booze. One difference: you can say "no" to the panhandler.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 5 months ago

What does a pahhandler and AIG CEO have in common?Neither one needs to work!

jonas_opines 9 years, 5 months ago

Is this the day that LTE writers are required to use a 2 paragraph format for their letters where the first and second paragraph have virtually nothing to do with each other, besides being used in poor analogies?

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 5 months ago

jonas I think it is part of the ki-shu-ten-ketsu style of writing, famous among the Japanese. Talk about learning to drive and rules you learned before transitioning into the real story - the ten-car pile-up in the tunnel today. Or many Lawrencians failed freshman comp. I like to see it as a sign of our diversity!

BigPrune 9 years, 5 months ago

I'm okay with not paying Wallstreet fat cats just as I'm okay not paying panhandlers. Pass it!It's always the same old story...."I'm just passing through and got stranded by a friend."...or "I just made a bad loan and now I'm stuck without any money." The bum uses the money to buy some booze, the insurance company uses the money to buy a massage.

geekin_topekan 9 years, 5 months ago

"...the ki-shu-ten-ketsu style of writing"+++LMAO!!

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