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October 29, 2013
I am appalled that certain high and mighty Baltimore City Council members want to outlaw panhandling (" City Council members push to crack down on panhandling," Oct. 22). This is how the political class thrives. Not a day passes when I don't get an online come on from a politician. I strongly suspect I'm not the only one and that it doesn't seem to matter if you give or not or which side of the political spectrum you favor. Begging is clearly a bipartisan phenomenon. And while no one with half a soul left wants to make the plight of the homeless any more miserable than it is already, professional politicians already have approval ratings on par with communists and the Ku Klux Klan - particularly Congress in light of their recent shutdown.
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NEWS
October 29, 2013
I am appalled that certain high and mighty Baltimore City Council members want to outlaw panhandling (" City Council members push to crack down on panhandling," Oct. 22). This is how the political class thrives. Not a day passes when I don't get an online come on from a politician. I strongly suspect I'm not the only one and that it doesn't seem to matter if you give or not or which side of the political spectrum you favor. Begging is clearly a bipartisan phenomenon. And while no one with half a soul left wants to make the plight of the homeless any more miserable than it is already, professional politicians already have approval ratings on par with communists and the Ku Klux Klan - particularly Congress in light of their recent shutdown.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | September 29, 1992
Rush Pearson is an earthy guy with one of the dirtiest, grittiest jobs in the Baltimore area each fall.The pony-tailed actor plays Old Beggar Joe -- one of three "Bedlam Beggars" at the Renaissance Festival playing weekends through mid-October in Crownsville.The act: joking around and carrying on, but what people $H remember most is his plunging into a vat of mud, raking his face through it -- and even chomping on the yuk-stuff.He and his two "partners in grime," Mark McKenna, as Gonzo DiMedici, and Dave Stilberger, as Wacka-Ding-Hoy, do five performances a day. The actors' bawdy show builds on competition between segments of the audience.
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Dan Rodricks | October 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point - offices, hotels, residences - is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks. A council committee already gave the crackdown the thumbs-up. Nice. Maybe if panhandlers could afford a lobbyist or a public-relations company - or maybe if they took up a collection now and then and made campaign donations - they, too, could benefit from the council's generous tendencies.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2000
With new businesses opening on West Street and major development projects in the works, the Annapolis city council is considering a measure to make the corridor safer for pedestrians -- from beggars. Many business owners along inner West Street say there has been an increase in panhandling, and that the beggars seem more aggressive. Stories range from customers being approached while walking on the street to panhandlers entering lobbies and establishments to ask for money. "This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Brian Cahalan, owner of the 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar and Gallery.
NEWS
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,London Bureau of The Sun | May 30, 1994
LONDON -- The names echoed off the National Gallery and around Trafalgar Square as the Rev. Derek White read from a roster of 617 people who died homeless in London in the past year.About 200 demonstrators, many ragged and scruffy and unwashed street people, gathered yesterday at the base of the square's towering statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson to protest Prime Minister John Major's condemnation of beggars as "offensive" and "eyesores."Mr. Major, campaigning for the ruling Conservatives in European parliament elections June 9, made his remarks in a newspaper interview Friday, and repeated his criticism the next day, saying his view is "what I think millions of people in this country feel."
NEWS
November 15, 1995
AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING isn't just a big city problem. As Baltimore considers tough new measures for dealing with persistent, sometimes abusive, beggars, panhandlers are becoming a king-sized nuisance in Annapolis as well. Especially in the City Dock area and on West Street, merchants say panhandling has become more frequent and aggressive, with beggars sometimes following customers into stores, hassling patrons at outdoor cafes and swiping tips from cafe tables. Left unchecked, such harrassment could discourage visitors from touring in Annapolis -- the last thing the state capital needs.
NEWS
October 27, 1993
It happens every day. You pass a beggar with a "Homeless" sign at a street corner. Or a panhandler asking for "spare change for food."What should your response be?Compassion?Or disgust for what may be a scam?Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and several area businesses have launched a public education program about the issues of panhandling.Their recommendation is that you not give to individual beggars.Instead, those wishing to help the homeless and other unfortunates on the streets should consider contributing to the "Make a Change" Fund, set up by the Baltimore Community Foundation, 2 East Read Street, Baltimore 21202.
NEWS
June 11, 1993
Road MenaceI was surprised that your June 1 article on panhandling did not discuss the obvious potential for accidents posed by the rising number of beggars who operate at busy intersections and expressway off-ramps.Many of these people constantly walk in and out of traffic. Often, drivers have to wait for beggars to weave their way back to the curb when the light changes -- although many drivers don't wait, leaving beggars stranded in the middle of moving traffic.Some beggars make a regular practice of pacing up and down in the middle of the road, regardless of whether the traffic is standing still or moving.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | July 31, 1991
NEW YORK -- The guy is following me through Penn Station and he is not playing by the rules. "Come on, man," he keeps saying. "A buck, a lousy buck."The rules state that once you have refused to make eye contact with a panhandler, he is supposed to leave you alone and move on to the next person. But this guy keeps following me and wailing.I quicken my pace and finally lose him amid the general chaos of the station.Penn Station is a place I look forward to about as much as arthritis. It is always in some state of being built up or torn down; I can never tell which.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | October 16, 2006
CASCO BAY, Maine -- It's time to close up the house. There is frost on the asparagus ferns that escaped our harvesting. The gold finches that fought over perches on the bird feeders have put on their olive drab traveling clothes and headed south. In the meadow, a tardy cluster of monarch butterflies hangs onto the aster for dear life. I walk out to inspect the vegetable garden that once lined up with such military precision. Last May, I gave the plot its marching orders. Straight rows of beans and bok choy, precise lines of tomatoes and leeks.
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By Marguerite Abadjian and Marguerite Abadjian,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 2004
SANA'A, Yemen - The walled shantytown near the Old City here makes a horrifying impression: Houses made of refuse, families as large as 15 living in one room, children eating what appears to be dirt, pools of disease-laden water, piles of garbage and human waste buzzing with flies, the stench. The scene followed Aisha Sulaiman even after she was far away. She couldn't forget it. It is a place where children have gotten high snorting crushed glass. They beg barefoot on the city streets - the soles of their feet callused and evidently immune to the blazing asphalt, fired by the incessant Yemeni sun. Sulaiman, like many of the shantytown residents, belongs to the lowest social caste in Yemen, the Akhdam.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 29, 2002
SAROBI, Afghanistan -- The road from Kabul to Torkham on the Pakistani border is among Afghanistan's busiest, and it serves as this isolated nation's historic lifeline to the rest of the world. Like almost every mile of highway here, it lies in ruins. "Right now, it doesn't look like a road, it looks like a trail through the mountains," says Saydhagha Shamal, the gray-bearded chief of Sarobi Power Plant, as a Pakistani truck painted with multicolored eyes and whorls ground up the rutted track a few yards away.
NEWS
By Michael Olesker | October 24, 2000
"MISTER," the voice says. I look up from the South Street parking meter I am feeding, just north of Harborplace, to find a familiar pleading face. "Mister," she says again. No other words are needed. She has her little boy with her. He has a runny nose and an urgent need for clean clothing. "I've seen you before," I say. "Just need money for a salad," she says, holding out a hand. "You were over near Little Italy a couple of times on Friday nights," I say. Always, with the little boy. Once, late on a winter night and a couple of times on balmy summer nights when the crowds were moving between Harborplace and the restaurants of Little Italy and Fells Point.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2000
With new businesses opening on West Street and major development projects in the works, the Annapolis city council is considering a measure to make the corridor safer for pedestrians -- from beggars. Many business owners along inner West Street say there has been an increase in panhandling, and that the beggars seem more aggressive. Stories range from customers being approached while walking on the street to panhandlers entering lobbies and establishments to ask for money. "This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Brian Cahalan, owner of the 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar and Gallery.
NEWS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | June 1, 1999
Hoping to put a stop to panhandling and to beautify one of the area's busiest intersections, the State Highway Administration plans to landscape the median of Baltimore National Pike at Rolling Road, part of $300,000 in improvements to the commercial corridor through Catonsville."
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
Sympathy has run out for panhandlers in Baltimore.Once content simply to urge people to stop giving money, city officials now say that most beggars, who often carry homemade signs saying "Homeless -- will work for food," are in fact drug-abusing frauds.A panhandler who used to work the harbor area admits he faked being an invalid. In Fells Point, panhandlers offer to direct motorists to parking spots for money -- even though the motorists are using public spaces.Even the head of the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter said he sometimes is intimidated by panhandlers.
NEWS
November 10, 1993
Agnew No RogueYou were not a bit funny calling the portraits of Maryland's former governors "rogues."You pointedly mentioned Spiro Agnew as "another ex-governor many feel is a rogue." Perhaps you do. We, and many other Marylanders, besides his friends across the country and around the world, do not agree with you.Spiro Agnew is a fine, honorable man who has contributed much to our country; he served with distinction in World War II, later earned his law degree, was elected county executive of Baltimore County and in 1966 was elected governor of Maryland.
NEWS
December 8, 1995
WHEN RUMORS FIRST started flying a few weeks ago that the Rouse Co. was about to announce a $20 million redesign and modernization of Harborplace, city and private-sector development officials agreed that the 15-year-old retail center badly needed a facelift. Nevertheless, many of those same officials described as a "shocker" the company's proposal that the city and state should contribute $14 million toward refurbishing the two pavilions."Would the Rouse Co. ask Howard County for money to modernize the Columbia Mall?"
NEWS
By Lauren Siegel | November 20, 1995
GIVING TO BEGGARS serves a purpose for the giver as well as the recipient. It shares something tangible (food, money, a material item) with someone (a person) or something (an agency or institution). The gift allows the recipient to eat, purchase or enjoy something. The symbolic message is one of generosity (''I have enough for myself, I want to share with you'') or concern (''You are without food, let's make sure you are fed''). The messages are humanizing; they recognize the similarities between self and others.
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