Re "Homeless rights bill is reworked" (Capitol & California, April 24): Making it legal to panhandle and sleep in public areas such as on the sidewalk, in doorways, in parks and anywhere they want is ludicrous. Tourists don't want to come to California to see dirty people sleeping on the street and in doorways. Tourists will stop coming in droves.
Have you ever been stopped by an aggressive panhandler? With this "bill of rights" they won't worry about being aggressive. What tax dollars do we have to spend on "sanitation stations"?
These people need help, not being left to fend for themselves on our streets. During the Reagan era, our elected officials decided that we didn't need mental health care facilities, which caused thousands of people to be put out on the streets. Since then, there has been a constant problem with street people.
-- Marsha Bichel, Sacramento