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11-4-2003 Panhandlers State Street Bridge.  The City has agreed pay about $450 apiece about 1700 people arrested for panhandling.

11-4-2003 Panhandlers on the State Street Bridge. The City has agreed to pay about $450 apiece to about 1,700 people arrested for panhandling. The city originaly offered a pair of tube socks, long underwear and gloves for each of the homeless people. Photo by Dom Najolia, Chicago Sun- Times. Digital 1020

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Updated: February 3, 2014 3:24PM

We routinely encounter on our streets men, and a few women, who insist on identifying themselves as homeless and hungry.

I am personally willing to be taxed more to pay for whatever may be needed to maintain public facilities that can routinely relieve such disturbing needs, even when it is known that some claims on us may be morally questionable.

Those who unjustly impose upon us suffer simply by being the kind of people they are (no matter what they may believe they are “getting away with”), but let the rest of us be the kind of generous citizens we should be (which may include having to risk being unfairly exploited at times by the seemingly unfortunate among us).

George Anastaplo, Hyde Park

Target in the bulls-eye

How can stores such as Target not have their credit card swiping terminals safe? Are the con men now smarter than the so-called computer experts?

Frank Speck, Wheaton

Higgins perpetuates myth

I’m so sick of Jack Higgins’ biased perspective. It’s been proven that President Obama has taken fewer vacations then many other presidents, including George W. Bush, yet he persists in perpetrating the myth that all Obama does is go on vacation. Isn’t Obama allowed time for relaxation, just like all the members of Congress?

Teri Tolczyk, Des Plaines

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