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RE: “A direct negative impact on our economic sustainability” [Open Letter, May. 29]:

I just spent a year counseling in a homeless shelter in Tampa, Florida. I now believe giving money to panhandlers is enabling.

These folks need care for their physical and mental health; treatment for addiction; attorneys to help with disability; jobs and housing; and a lot of support!

Betsy Blum
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #519 (Wednesday, July 17, 2019).

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