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Not wild about string armed tactics on homeless

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POSTED June 19, 2013 11:36 p.m.

Editor’s note: The tip a cop event is done inside a restaurant and involves tips for off-duty officers that wait on customers. Under city rules, it is illegal in Manteca for firefighters — or anyone — to solicit for even non-profit causes at intersections controlled by traffic signals.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

As the issue of panhandling is heating up it is plain to see that this should apply to all, not just some poor soul that needs a helping hand once in a while. The police department has their annual Tip a Cop charity event, but is this not panhandling. And our fire department has their annual Fill the Boot event every year, lurking at several locations around town clogging intersections and backing up traffic for several blocks. Is this not panhandling? I think so.

If some of this money went to helping some poor soul who needs a hand once in a while our city could live up to it’s so called “Family City” name. As it stands now this title is a fluke name. Several council members, Vince Hernandez and Debby Moorhead want the police to use strong arm tactics to roust all poor homeless people from all parks in town. Don’t they have a right to be in these parks? Perhaps Hernandez and councilwoman Moorhead should consider holding a special picnic once a year at Woodward Park and invite all homeless people to attend. They could host the event.

Fred Millner
June 17, 2013

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