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Damian Scott, 19, panhandles for change from the downtown lunch crowd Nov. 6, 2008, on Massachusetts Street near the Ninth Street intersection.

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hawkfan_05 4 years, 5 months ago

The problem is not with the homeless themselves, it's the manner in which they ATTACK the public walking downtown. I believe socity/Lawrence has no problem with helping/providing for people in need. In fact, I would go so far as to say the downtown shoppers would be the first to step up and push for a better living situation and accomidations for the displaced people of Lawrence. I personally stop and give food and other items when I am able. But when I am walking to the bank or to get food and I get yelled at and cursed at by the lazy low lifes that prey on unknowing visitor shoppers, I draw the line.

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couldBmeorU 4 years, 5 months ago

I moved to Lawrence in 1997.I started playing Music on Mass with some wonderfull Muscians.Yes, I agree the panhandling is getting out of hand but, that is all.The key word here is hand. We as a society will be faced with many different hands dealt to us.How we react to our own hands will be different. I am not political . I am a artist. I will continue to go down to Mass.I will play my key-board.I will give a dollar.I will laugh with a merchant.I will sit with veteran .But, above all else I will be grateful to live in Lawrence Kansas United States Of America with my two son,s. Peace Love and Harmony can be achieved.

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Kyle Reed 5 years, 5 months ago

Apparently because it's easier to sit on your a**,beg, and smoke a cigarette. Ridiculous.

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kidicarus 5 years, 5 months ago

Haha, one instance in which madmike and I completely agree. Get a job, kid.

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Sheila Hooper White 5 years, 5 months ago

amen, madmike! my thoughts exactly.

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madmike 5 years, 5 months ago

Why isn't this 19 year old kid looking for a job?

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bakeru 5 years, 5 months ago

I understand the need to toughen laws on panhandling. But shouldn't we work to improve the overall problem of homelessness in Lawrence? It seems by attacking the root of the problem, it will eliminate itself. By attacking the symptom, the problem still exists. It is like covering an odor with room spray ... it's still there, just masked behind imitation flowers!!

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