ethel’s words

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OPEN LETTER TO THE SALT LAKE CITY COUNCIL

Again? Again? Yes, again! (I am trusting The Salt Lake Tribune.) You are at it again. Picking on the poor.

Prohibiting panhandling, begging, or soliciting in public-use space would be arrogant, presumptuous, and callous. What do you want a hungry person to do? Steal? If you think food is always available, think again when you have some information.

What if the beggar is an alcoholic and would buy some form of booze to quiet the devils of addiction?

I saw a sign not long ago, “Hunger Hurts”. The pummeling of alcohol craving no doubt hurts, too. Every living organism struggles to stay alive and to be comfortable. That cannot be, but to sneer at pain is unconscionable. Such hubris is at once laughable, revolting, dictatorial, and terrifying.

Ethel C. Hale