Thank you, Bob Savino, for your letter in support of the homeless and poor people (4/9, “Panhandling ordinance”). It appears to me that you are a giving and compassionate person.
I agree that it is unbelievable that the Kansas City Council wants to make it illegal for poor people, and especially the homeless, to stand with a sign asking for money.
I often recall the saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Any person can have any number of misfortunes — medical bills, a job loss, an accident, a fire, a disease or disability — that could cause poverty or homelessness.
You are so correct when you say the ordinance is not about public safety but about trying to hide this very real and sad fact of life from the shoppers and other people who may come in contact with those who are much less fortunate.