As several have said ignorance is no excuse. If you are going to write an article you MUST get the facts. First Kentucky was a part of Virginia. 2nd these states had declared themselves commonwealths BEFORE there was a USA. And thirdly don't dog Texas. It is the only state that could succeed and survive. Not to mention prosper. I am not A Texan but would proudly call myself one if such was the case. I am a truck driver, yes we do know how to write! I travel all over and became curious about commonwealths. Thank you
Nice article! Telling the story of a transition to a green economy is something we've also been thinking a lot about -- thought you might find this interesting: https://prezi.com/o4iee5zhlbo9/telling-the-story-of-transition-to-greener-economies/
Good job Tom!
I absolutely agree with Mr Deitch. So what if people snap back that they don't want help? It's nothing personal to you, but the acts of kindness and offerings of help not only may be well received, they may be observed by a youngster who just learned a positive lesson. You never know how what you do will influence our future!!
"Uncle Darren," I don't completely disagree about the times that we live in, and yes, I too have had folks make it clear that they don't want my help or need my seat. However, many times the gesture is accepted and appreciated. So for me, even if it results in a negative response, I still think it's worth making the offer every time for those people that need and appreciate the assistance. But that's just my opinion.
I have to interject on one issue. The article states that the handicapped "person might not want your seat or need a hand up..."
I think this point illustrates a vital aspect of why people are hesitant to help others with disabilities. I have had several experiences where I stepped in to help someone struggling, only to have a sharp retort snapped back at me that they, emphatically, do not need my help.
I have always been a generally friendly person, and I fully agree that people need to be considerate and willing to help out strangers in need, but I feel that we live in different times than Mr. Deitch is talking about in his article. People are more skeptical of strangers nowadays, more isolated socially than we were 50+ years ago.
It can be awkward for those situations that people misunderstand a willingness to help for something less genuine than simple friendliness. It is sad to say, but when trying to be friendly, be prepared to be misunderstood.
My grandmother retired from Heppenstall in the late 60's or early 70's. It was her life as a metallurgical secretary for Mr. Succop.
Editor's Note: I have deleted a comment on the page that was falsely attributed to Mayor Bill Peduto.
Seriously , I doubt that Bill Peduto actually called panhandlers " the scum of the earth " in public , or in a post. I do not think Peduto is that candid.
If that post is really by our Mayor Peduto , than it should be the on the cover of the next City Paper
I thought that giving people money on the street was " enabling " and as a society we should try to encourage those on the streets to seek help with our social service agencies ? Still, the reality is sometimes a fellow or a gal just needs a little help , and many people won't or can not go to a shelter. It is better to offer food than cash to panhandlers, however , in my experience , they do not want a bag or organic carrots.
Just to be clear , Audrey Glickman , who has had a problem with aggressive panhandlers , is an extremely generous, kind, giving individual , dedicated to the common good .
Aggressive panhandling if not a matter of free speech , it drives away customers , and is unfair to people trying to run a biz , or stroll down the street.
Hello. I seem to have a memory of a plaque below the Calder mobile at the Pittsburgh airport which titled the work, "Flight". It would have been about 1960-65. Thanks! Will M.
Lang- was said "wad" of cash enough to pay rent for a month or buy a coat for the winter? Somehow I doubt it. I hope you still gave them the food.
They don't bother me very much butt i give when i can
Regulating time, place, and manner of speech is a legitimate concern where public safety and/or well-being may be at issue. There are panhandlers we all know and like, and to whom we regularly give money. I especially like those who play music, and some play it well. And many of us give time and money and other things to folks in organizations who will feed and clothe those in need.
But Charlie, you are bigger than I, bigger than my mom, bigger than my high-school girl cousin, and I suspect that, unlike the three of us, you do not carry your parking money in a purse separate from your body, through which you must fish in order to get out the change needed. You don't extract and open up a wallet holding all your important cards which also clearly shows that you are not putting your last dollar into that parking meter. The person panhandling is not breathing down your neck, you do not feel vulnerable. (Ask me another time how I feel about women's clothing having no pockets or useless ones, I could write a book.)
Aggressive panhandling as an issue is somewhat akin to (though quite different from) "no means no," and once a panhandler is told "no," s/he should go to the next person. And that should be somewhere other than where people are taking out their money. (Are we living as in Fiddler on the Roof, when the beggar says "Only one kopek this week?... Because you had a bad week, why should I suffer?"?)
Next time you are dressed to the nines, Charlie, in heels, skinny skirt, and evening clutch, call me. I'll get someone to stand over you begging aggressively as you fish out cash for the meter, get money out of an ATM, or stand in line outside with money you do not wish to give.
I only give them money if they're using it to drink with. Partying is awesome. Poor people should get to do it too.
I have had people aggressively begging (obstructing my path, grabbing my hand and not letting go), but it's very rare. I think the city government is very happy about all the national interest in Pittsburgh and they don't want "anyone important" to see any imperfections. Heaven forbid a millionaire investor getting asked for five bucks for a sandwich.
"God knows the last thing organized religion needs is somebody tipping into the weekly tithes before the church can." "To allow city council to further widen this law without challenge would be akin to giving them a handout — a practice they obviously have a problem with." "The city's panhandling law is as egregiously classist and antisocial now as it was in 2006." "...you'll need a tape measure and a licensed surveyor just to ask for a quarter."
Can we curb the attitude and just have an article written about a change in the ordinance? Personally, I do not like being asked for change/money. Most of the time I cross the street to avoid contact, but when there are two people on the same street on opposite sides (4th Avenue) every single day, it's bothersome and I feel it is an invasion to ask me for my hard earned money. Few years ago I was asked for money for food and instead of giving it, I went to CVS and got a few food items to give to them, when I came out I found this person down the block at a bus stop counting their "wad" of cash. I have to say I agree with the ordinance change, people have approached me as I exit/enter my vehicle in town and it makes me uncomfortable.
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Great article. Let's hope the right people get this message!!
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