Stricter enforcement of panhandling law

07/24/2014 9:07 AM

07/23/2014 3:30 PM

Re "Homeless group files suit to block panhandling ban" (Our Region, July 18): Aggressive or unsafe panhandling is already against the law, it's just not enforced. We do not need another ordinance or law, just enforce the ones we have. We have more important things to do with our resources than to chase after panhandlers.

Freedom of speech is important, even if the person is dirty, hungry, deceitful and may not be mentally up to our standards. Good luck collecting fines, and throwing people in jail is very costly.

So what are Sacramento County supervisors trying to do? The supervisors are not trying to fix the problem. This ordinance might help the supervisors move the panhandlers to another city or county. We the citizens find the panhandlers distasteful, but we do not want to solve the difficult problem either. Maybe we need to look at ourselves as the problem.

-- Mark Brouillet, Carmichael

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