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August 06, 2007

Panhandling ordinance

This is in response to “KC police refuse to enforce law on begging; The department says the panhandling ordinance violates the Constitution and would not pass legal muster” (8/3, A-1).
Panhandling is a mixed bag. We don’t want people soliciting for food or money in places that may cause discomfort for the comfortable. The former City Council acted in haste to deter the solicitations.
Safety was quoted as one reason for stopping panhandlers. However, donations for Muscular Dystrophy, Shrine circus and other charitable causes at street corners have been allowed for years. I hate this type of solicitation. It is annoying to the drivers and dangerous to those collecting.
As for those who are homeless and hungry and panhandling, where is our charity?
Margaret Heckendorn
Kansas City

Comments

CRD

"Now the police are not upholding thier oath of duty. It makes a statement about the legislative process when police refuse to enforce what they pass."

The legislature can pass whatever it wants, but it's a waste of law enforcement resources to be arresting people on a law that doesn't pass constitutional scrutiny.

zenozac

" am constantly amazed at how all the good Christians can insist on interpreting just about anything in the Bible literally, but then completely disregard this as literal:

Luke 6
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Just thinking, where did this become about "good christians"? I missed that connection in the letter.
I am always amazed at people who will have nothing to do with Jesus, who have a scripture or 2 to bring out to use to beat up christians. Even in a circumstance such as this that has nothing to do with christians, you want to bash "christians". I wonder why? And if I am a "christian" am I automatically the same as every other christian. Are all black people the same and all gays the same. you would not stand for that kind of judgement being put forth. I could explain the scripture to you, but I don't think you care. You saw a chance, stupid as it was, to bash christians and you took it. Great job.
Here is a novel thought, try Just thinking, once in a while.

Stifled Freedom

Engineer, I agree. Now the police are not upholding thier oath of duty. It makes a statement about the legislative process when police refuse to enforce what they pass. This could be a precedent of complete lawlessness.

Engineer

I don't understand people howling about the Executive Department exceeding its powers and then condoning local police (executive function) taking it upon itself to decide as to a law's constitutionality. This is not their function and actually establishes what could be a dangerous precident.

Stifled Freedom

WOW! The police dept concerned about Constitutional rights....of panhandlers. I have heard it all now.

There is also no Constitutional basis for the police organizing stings to entrap adults engaging in prostitution, but they gleefully do it anyway and pat themselves on the back for it. And sometimes even complain afterwards about the "humiliation" they had to endure....when they volunteered for the assigment.

That said, I dont think panhandling or prostitution should be allowed on the street, but police will stop at no end to bust prostitutes and Johns even behind closed doors.

Just Thinking

I am constantly amazed at how all the good Christians can insist on interpreting just about anything in the Bible literally, but then completely disregard this as literal:

Luke 6
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.


I guess if these Christians were living on the street or down on their luck, they'd want people forcing them to beg where they couldn't be seen by the pretty shoppers in the Plaza. I wonder where Jesus is going to ask the Plaza owners to beg when they meet him.

 
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