What’s Land O' Lakes Saying About the ‘Sitting Ban?’
The ban targets homeless people.
Earlier this week, we asked Tampa Bay area residents to chime in with their thoughts on Clearwater’s proposed sitting ban. While the city of Clearwater has since moved forward with its plan, many Patch readers had mixed feelings about the notion.
Here’s what Land O' Lakes Patch readers had to say:
How should homelessness be dealt with? First, how many here realize that federal guidelines deny substance abuse treatment program funds to the homeless. Perhaps there's a triage concept at play there, but it's undeniable that the people most in need are denied the treatment. Second, for those who are schizophrenic, clozapid provides an effective therapy. The problem is cost, and monitoring for toxicity. Third, shelters are needed, but few communities are willing to have one built in their midst, even if it would take the homeless off the streets. And lastly, jobs end homelessness, but there aren't enough to go around right now.
So when people who are walking or jogging need to sit down? Why even have parks, let's get rid if the parks while you're at it. All this does is alienate people. The homeless will find somewhere else to sit and the people who want to use the services such as walking and resting will not be able to.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.