posted on Aug, 3 2006 @ 06:37 PM
It is now ilegal to feed the homeless in Las Vegas public parks. Several cities in the US, including Los Angeles are considering laws that would make
it a misdemeanor to give aid to the homeless, including food, in public places. It makes one wonder what our country is coming to when the homeless
have become such pariahs in a society which once prided itself on it's compassion.
Las Vegas outlaws feeding homeless in public parks
Las Vegas city council members have established a new punishable offense - feeding the homeless. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council voted to
outlaw the presence of mobile soup kitchens in public parks. Anyone caught serving food to the homeless will be subject to a misdemeanor charge. City
officials say theyâ€™ve enacted the law because soup kitchens have kept people away from visiting public spaces. The American Civil Liberties
Union has harshly criticized the measure, calling it both unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Having been homeless myself for several months, I know how hard it is to get help; there are too few shelters with too few beds and. for those who can
not or refuse to panhandle, finding even one meal a day is sometimes dificult. I thank God for the compassion of friends and strangers who kept me
from starving during that time. I lived in my car and usually didn't have enough money to put gas in the tank.
Law bans feeding homeless in parks
LAS VEGAS -- In an effort to curb charity that is having unintended consequences, the City Council has made it illegal to give food to homeless people
in city parks.
Now, if city governments have their way we are going to see a large number of human beings suffering starvation and death;Americans seem less and less
inclined every year to give their time and/or money to help out the few missions and shelters that are functioning now, so there will be fewer and
fewer of these options available in the future, increasing the problem.
Your input is requested; do you believe that hunanity, as a whole, is losing it's sense of compassionate for the unlovely and unfortunate of our
country or is it, instead, just a sign of a cultural shift, an indication of just how caught up everyone is in their own problems and attempt to stay
afloat in our crazy world?
And no matter the cause, how do we change the situation, can it be changed?
I have to admit it is worrisome to me.