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Answer to panhandling: jobs, housing, opportunities
I was dismayed to read of Councilwoman Rikki Spector's new bill to address aggressive panhandling ("Spector bill targets 'aggressive' begging," Jan. 29). Baltimore already has statutes restricting aggressive panhandling. People are prohibited from begging on public transportation, within 10 feet of an ATM, in traffic, and in a threatening and aggressive manner. We should be exploring what we can do to help these poor folks, not creating more obstacles and court expenses.
February 1, 2013