Letter to an author whose article I didn't read all the way through:
Because it seemed pointless and uninsightful. This article clearly had nothing new or interesting to say about the phenomenon of homelessness.
Because this article on the subject seemed to hold no quantitative facts or perspective and amounted to little more than solipsistic drivel.
Because the internet is a big place and I have better shit to read.
Because this wreaks of white privilege attempting to deal with its laziness overriding its liberal guilt.
Because we've all experienced a moment where we didn't give change to someone, but didn't feel the need to rationalize it through a turgid open letter posted in a public forum.
When you see panhandlers this young, just remind yourself that foster kids age out of the system at 18. Many of them are homeless, have no skills, no family guidance and nowhere to go. Just sayin'.
Don't go to gaspars cigar shop unless you know sign language or have an interpreter. The owner can't communicate with his customers.
Scott u tickle the shit out if me and i thank you...when u gonna start another band?
It strikes me odd that you would deny a panhandler money on arbitrary grounds, but don't have any moral issues shopping at a place that pays their employees a substandard wage, imports cheap products from overseas that displace American workers, and are most likely manufactured under conditions that are well below our environmental or ethical standards.
Walmart is a parasite, worse than a million panhandlers ever could be, but you don't seem to have a problem giving them your money. I mean, it's a shame that you didn't get the right kind of lightbulb (for the sake of this story at least), but the fact is you decided to pass judgement on a person, found them unworthy, and moved along with only a minor bruise to your sense of guilt. I'm not saying you're a bad person, Mr. Harrell, because we all take shortcuts for convenience, or for thriftiness, or a multitude of reasons. However, you affect others with how you choose to spend your money - either directly or indirectly. I understand you felt bad about not helping the young white man - that's totally your prerogative. But it does speak to a sense of classism. If he was black, you would feel magnanimous? Asian? Native Cherokee? Latino? Where is the line where you set who is and who is not worthy of empathy or charity? Maybe it's the fact that he was smart enough to go to a place that had more foot traffic than the bus stop, or alley, or in front of the library. You punished him for his ingenuity and understanding of human traffic patterns. This is not to say the man is owed or entitled to your gift, but it does speak to a way of thinking about people that is not about who they are, but rather how you see them to be.
My hope is that from this experience, you learned not to judge people based solely upon their appearance, their location, or their race. I would also hope that you would learn that your business choices are equally as impactful as your altruistic ones. I hope that you bear this in mind the next time you need lightbulbs, or see another panhandler. We are all one tragedy away from joining their ranks, and for your sake, I hope the person who sees you chooses not to judge you as harshly as you did the young man in front of Walmart.
I thought I'd be pissed off after reading this but I agree, and I appreciate that the author implied that not all disabilities are visible. That is important to remember when someone appears able-bodied and is asking for help, because they very well may not be.
Officer Britt Martinez is SMOKING HOT!
Bishop Chuck Leigh was my Commanding Officer almost 40 years ago in the army. I never knew what happened to him until someone showed me this article. When we served together he was a man of exceptional courage and kindness who always took care of his men. I wonder if the same can be said of his accusers. I called him this evening a left a message.
Great expose' on Rivergate Tower, the finest example of architecture built in Tampa in the last 25 years. It seems if there was one building in Tampa that would be offered the opportunity to fulfill its original design concept, Rivergate would be it. There's a book to be written on why this local example of fine architecture is known to most locals as "the beer can building", sigh. Does Tampa Bay lack the DNA to both envision, commission and appreciate great architecture? Perhaps it's our history or when and how we grew? A look around tells me our built environment has not been a priority for a really long time.
82% of Floridians for marijuana legalization. Cannabis could help the large aging population with safe, inexpensive pain relief. I found a great medical marijuana book that has great recipes, uses less valuable marijuana, and has smaller candies to use for pain on a daily basis: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. Just $2.99.
Excellent piece! People have the right to decide what medications they take.
I found Julie Garisto's article about JFK's visit to Tampa on Nov. 18th, 1963, fascinating and was surprised that the security measures were minimal.
I would like to see a follow-up story on Kelly Benjamin's article, "The curious case of Bishop Chuck Leigh." Bishop Leigh seems to be unjustly treated by Tampa Police.
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Who is this guy that that TPD wants him so much for so little? I agree the thing sure looks political!
How can the Tampa police spend this kind of time and resources on such a silly thing? Do they have money to burn? This has got to be a political take down.
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Hello?? The Democrats need to rebrand?? Judging by Tuesday's election results, it would seem to me others might need to do that more urgently.
I have meet Bishop Chuck Leigh and have attended his Church with a friend.I found Bishop Chuck to be a humble and kind man and a caring person for the poor and homeless,this is the persecution(To harass with unjust punishment)he has for serving Jesus!Thank you Bishop Chuck Leigh you inspired me and now I am in full time ministry helping the Poor and Homeless in my area in my town... I am praying for you and hope when my persecution comes I will be found "FAITHFUL SERVING MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST"I WILL KEEP THE FAITH again "THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXAMPLE ON HOW TO SERVE"
I second you Tyler! things are really messed up for students ever since student interest rates were decided to be doubles. There is a feeling of insecurity or low motivation among students..as a reason they are now turning to online degrees. But this is not an easy solution, after going through this article ( http://www.usauniversitiesonline.com/degree/fake-college-degrees/ ) I realized that going for an online degree requires full research so that you may not end up buying fake college degree...
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