Feeding the homeless in Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Blue Velvet, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    ...in public places has now been made illegal.


    But it's not all smooth sailing...


    So if you're feeling charitable or generous, then be prepared to pay a little more because:



    What's the betting that many of the people who have pushed for this legislation call themselves Christians?


    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4106501
    http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20060725-074931-6838r.htm

    ...and all over the news. Astonishing.
     
  2. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Well, I guess it's one way to deal with the homeless problem.

    :rolleyes:
     
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Wow... that's gotta be some kind of new low for humanity. Vegas' entry into the Guinness Book of World Records "New Meanest Unnecessary Law Passed".
     
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    I heard it on the BBC news and, apart from thinking it was such a cruel and pointless piece of legislation, wondered WHY it should be brought in. Strange stuff going on in the world.
     
  5. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Perhaps to keep the parks clear of those awkward and embarrassing homeless indigents so that taxpayers and voters can enjoy these public spaces without having their consciences troubled?
     
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    Hmmm. You're probably right. As soon as I read your post, it reminded me of how the feeding of pigeons was banned in Trafalgar Square and it was saddening to equate a whole section of disenfranchised humanity with a bunch of pigeons.
     
  7. emw macrumors G4

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    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Especially you if you feed the homeless.

    Also:

    It's a town built on legalized gambling and prostitution, and the residents are concerned about the homeless being drunk and littering? Have you walked down the strip in Vegas?
     
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    See if they spent money along with their public drunkeness and littering everything would be fine...
     
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    Who would want to go to Vegas?

    It's a bad law and does nothing to address the issue of homelessness and is only meant to appease white middle class homeowners.
     
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    Yeah, nothing more than feel-good legislation. The distribution points will just move somewhere else nearby if they target parks.
     
  11. emw macrumors G4

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    I guess that depends on which side of the legislation you find yourself. ;)
     
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    I read your post and had to agree with you ---- and then read your signature and thought just how apposite, and sad, it was for this particular topic.
     
  13. Queso macrumors G4

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    Absolutely shocking. Not giving to the homeless yourself is a choice. Banning others from doing it is nothing short of social cleansing. I hope the residents of Las Vegas stand up, break this law in their thousands, and refuse to pay the fines. Make enforcing this law so unworkable the City has no option but to repeal it.
     
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    I guess the signs in the park will have to say "Don't feed the ducks or homeless" :rolleyes:


    What a stupid law. If someone wants to give a homeless guy a nice meal, then I don't see what the problem is.
     
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    As much as I hate to say this, I'm really not surprised by such legislation. We're stuck in this era of in which we seek cosmetic solutions to entrenched social problems -- an era in which we're "tough on crime" so long as that crime isn't corporate. I wonder what support systems are in place for the homeless in Las Vegas, how effective those support systems are, and whether there is any ongoing and effective job training efforts (and systematized support for those who have chosen to live outside of the capitalist super-structure).

    I'm only 29, but I can't remember a time (in my life -- obviously humans have a long, nasty history of dehumanizing) when dehumanization was so commonplace -- when so many human beings have been considered so disposable.
     
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    Forget feeding them in parks to protest....

    Get a van or rent a bus and take the homeless to an all-you-can-eat buffet at one of the nicer casinos. Or put of flyers in the park to let the homeless people know which casino to go to for the free meals...
     
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    I have just been onto the Las Vegas city web site where there is an opportunity to e-mail the mayor, one Oscar Goodman. Which I did, detailing my abhorrence of this new law. Can I urge a mass mailing from the good folk of MR? Maybe public opinion from the USA and around the world may make some difference? Or maybe I'm being naive, but better to do something rather than nothing. :mad:
     
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    Oscar Goodman...he's not good for anything
     
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    another reason i don't want to go to vegas. the toilet of the universe.
     
  20. emw macrumors G4

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    When I first saw this thread I thought of a previous signature of yours.
     
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    Never been there, but I thought they were going Disney?
     
  22. emw macrumors G4

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    They tried that for a year or two, but have since gone back to the whole "sin city" thing with the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" promotional line.
     
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    There people, how can the government say i can share food with another equal person... that a terrible law
     
  24. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    To be fair, Vegas is more than just the Strip....


    Not that I would know personally, I've only ever been to the Strip. :eek:
     
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    nobler times, indeed
     

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