Get Your Kindness Out Of Here

“Las Vegas has made it illegal to feed homeless people in city parks after residents complained about the large numbers gathering in the public facilities.

The law, which went into effect on Thursday, targets mobile soup kitchens. It carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.”

I really am not sure I have any words to describe the shock of my reaction. Coincidentaly enough, yesterday was the first time I had ever seen Soylent Green.

Aljazeera.Net – Vegas outlaws feeding the homeless

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2 thoughts on “Get Your Kindness Out Of Here

  1. What many people do not realize is that the mayor of Las Vegas represents fewer than one-third of the residents of the Las Vegas Valley.

    Clark County – which is the jurisdiction holding sway over much of the area, including all of the Las Vegas Strip, the airport, the convention center, the university (those areas where the vast majority of tourists frequent) – has no intention of entertaining similar proposals banning the feeding of the homeless.

    For those of you who take exception to the mayor’s new law, please understand that many of us in the Las Vegas Valley also disagree with the mayor’s position.

    Addressing homelessness in a meaningful way requires a multifaceted and sustained approach since the needs of homeless individuals are varied. The mayor’s anti-feeding ordinance is not part of Clark County’s or the region’s approach to this complex challenge.

  2. I find Mr. Pappa’s comments most interesting, but hardly complete. He’s right, Clark County has jurisdiction over much of the resort corridor in Las Vegas. However, its leadership also has the primary responsibility for dealing with social issues in the entire county, including homelessness. Perhaps if those efforts were better coordinated over the past years, entities like the city of Las Vegas would be less inclined to take such measures. Make no mistake, any failures in Las Vegas pertaining to homelessness begin with Clark County. Rather than pointing out differences between jurisdictions, perhaps the county should offer better workable solutions.

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