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.
I once gave a "down on her luck," crying woman with a baby $5 to only see her go but cigarettes. Panhandlers are the scum of the earth.
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Great article. Let's hope the right people get this message!!
the only possible differences are that a commonwealth is based on the peoples having sovereignty, by virtue of being a citizen of the commonwealth as opposed to seeking that from a government; additionally, in some commonwealths you would need to verify your ownership of mineral ownership and surface land ownership, you may be both or just surface owners.
400,000 people made the effort to attend the Peoples Climate March in NYC, including hundreds and hundreds from Pittsburgh. We all share a deep concern that our government is not doing enough to protect the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. (The PA Heath Department fracking scandal is strong evidence of this). These EPA proposals represent only a fraction of what needs done to prevent utter catastrophe. Indeed, climate change is now irreversible, and we can only hope that emissions cuts will prevent it from making a grim situation even worse. It's a gift for polluters and represents the bare minimum that should be done. Polluters should take it while the offer is still there. They may not be so lucky after the next climate calamity hits.
As you say, Chris Potter, and we certainly shall miss you as Editor, and *trust* you will do well.
The history of this slogan begins with an intent to broadcast to future archaeologists, long after the United States is dead (from the Civil War), that we were a Christian Nation, not "heathens." [Letter by Rev. Wilkerson to the Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase.] Teddy Roosevelt thought having the slogan on money was offensive, almost sacrilegious, and wanted to remove it when the coins were redesigned. Instead, the clergy lobbied Congress and got it made into a law. They felt it important to continue to broadcast our Christianity.
The history continues during the Cold War, when the USSR was declaring Atheism for All and making it extremely difficult or painful for its citizens to practice any religion. The American clergy (white Protestant, for the most part) wanted to be sure America would continue our image as a Christian Nation. The Almighty even found himself in the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't know whether He takes sides, but I'm pretty sure he's not a citizen of any country.
Now we see the slogan used as a wedge. At a time when organizations such as the American Family Association (whose members are now emailing and writing excoriating letters to our Council members, our newspapers, and whomever else) want the slogan posted everywhere so that it may further claim a national religion, we are seeing the same organizations arguing against many basic civil rights, in favor of football players beating girlfriends (who are living in sin anyway, they say), in favor of not "sparing the rod" with children, in favor of rewriting textbooks to include only Christian founding fathers (even if they were not so Christian), in favor of putting their version of The Bible into all our public schools, against teaching anything but Creationism to biology students in our public schools, posting full-page ads in newspapers on the Fourth of July showing all the Christians who were the only founding fathers they say mattered, in favor of municipalities passing legislation against Sharia Law, and other initiatives which to me seem awfully un-American.
There is nothing "patriotic" about this slogan. It does not mention our country, our principles of freedom, liberty and independence, our plurality and self-determination, our unity and proud system of government.
It just sounds like Yoda announcing the religious version of "Remember the Alamo" to both the Mexicans and the Texans. Even if the slogan had not been meant to divide, it does, and the intent of those pushing it divides much further. I am no atheist, and also find religious reasons - from a few religious traditions - not to post this. But this is secular, and I am very sincere that all religion must be kept out of our government.
Thank you, Chris!
Texas is a horrible state. Ever been to Houston? Even the best area's around Houston have bars on their window's, much like Mexico.
We have such a complex. Why? Every celebrity interviewed by the local news.. "What do you think of Pittsburgh? Are we cool? Do you like us? oool?"
I rank the bus lane from downtown to oakland 100% ideal. Enough bumps to keep you awake on your way to class/work
Then why did Joe Paterno get fired?
"Hey Teacher, Blow it out your 5 hole". Why is it that you idiots always feel the need to insert your liberal point of view into every discussion. You were asked to explain the difference between a Commonwealth state and a regular state. When you couldn't definitively answer the question, you resort to ridiculing Texas???? I'm curious though, "Why Texas?" I know its full of, and governed by, A bunch of "Dumb Redneck Conservatives" but seriously?? Is it because it was voted best state in the country to live, raise children, and to start a business for like the 3rd or 4th year in a row???? Or because it consistently is at the top of the list for states with the lowest unemployment rates????
But I Digress, why I ask can't teachers just teach the facts to our children and let families, friends and their own individual life experiences develop their political beliefs .
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