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TIme to get a handle on panhandling

Dear Editor,

I would like to see on the front page the current panhandler situation in Glenwood Springs right now. I was approached yesterday in the City Market parking lot by a guy who said he just got beat up and if I could give him 50 cents for food. Of course I said, “Well, 50 cents won’t buy you much, here’s $5.” I then got into my car and looked back. He had approached another woman asking for money. I ran over there and told the lady not to give him money, because she was looking through her purse, and the guy left. He continued down Grand Avenue to the Phillips 66 station, 7-Eleven and Baskin Robbins. I kept interfering each time, and the guy finally disappeared somewhere.

I hate being like that, and I think I have finally learned the final lesson on people like this.

Please tell the public there are services for people: soup kitchen, LIFT-UP, churches, etc. who will help anyone. No one has a reason to beg on the streets unless it’s just a scam or for liquor.

Thank you for listening.

Pamela Whittington

Glenwood Springs

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