letter to the editorIn response ...
Whether you choose to give money to panhandlers, or not, is a personal choice.
I’m not in a position to condone or condemn that. But I believe that a panhandler has already lost their dignity (be it to mental problems, drug or alcohol abuse, prostitution or simply unable to make a living wage) and that as fellow human beings we should at the very least make eye contact or wave, and in that way we can at least allow them to keep their humanity.
Homelessness and panhandling is an unfortunate fact throughout America. Yes, I do consider those resulting [sic] to begging on the streets, and in some cases apparently lying, as less fortunate. Having just moved to Farragut via Nashville, I believe Andy of Mayberry would be very disappointed in hearing some of the statements being made about those less fortunate in front of Opie. read more