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Published: Saturday, March 8 2014 3:25 p.m. MST

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Ultra Bob,

Just an fyi... I didn't mean you any disrespect in my reply to you. And thank you for your respectful response.

For the record, I also don't think government should force you to support anything, any charity, any church, etc. I'm more concerned with where people are going to get help, not if it's through certain organizations, etc.

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1 - Google. Lots of $10 family meal recipes exist.
2 - Potatoes. Flexible, low-cost. A $2-4 bag will feed a family 2 or 3 times.
3 - Avoid pre-made. It's hard if you haven't learned to cook. Invest in learning.
4 - Soup, the poor man's food. I practically made soup every other day this winter.

Everyone has time to cook, otherwise we'd die off as a species. In the time it takes to go to a fast-food chain, I can make some pretty taste stuff. It just took practice to get there. Every high-school should teach kids how to make a roux, a couple soups, ways to use potatoes, and how to bake bread. It's helped my life far more than some of the classes I had.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

I see no harm of panhandlers and hobo's looking for work and gas money but it seems the charitable organizations see some revenue resources by taking a percentages of the peoples money they drop off around the valley at freeway exits. So far this panhandling is all by americans citizens who want a job in a city where jobs are supposed to be plentiful and extremely available, or else the governor is lying about the true unemployment around 20% or more.

These numbers are all misinformation and falsie information to imply to the legislators and federal agency's that we don't have enough workers for the demand with these low numbers so they demand more cheap labor from mexico to replace americans who are not informed of these unlisted jobs for Mexico lies. Its all about employer fraud and tax evasions not reporting employees taxable income to the IRS.

If jobs were accessible by these American panhandlers don't you think they would be all over them if they knew about them? However employers use discriminatory private distribution of jobs to the BBB and underground mexican organizations about these jobs in a tax fraud scheme of two century's.

RBTJR
PLATTSBURGH, NY

I'll start my thoughts on this subject by confessing my ignorance to Utah laws in this matter. Are organizations allowed to hold intersection collections in your state? If this law is being considered in the name of safety, then other "panhandlers", such as fire departments, youth athelitic organizations, etc. shouldn't be engaged in their collection activities at intersections, as well. During the warm months, where I live, this is a common and, in my opinion, an unsafe practice, whether it be panhandlers, or those collecting for their respective organizations.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

If I were absolutely rock-bottom destitute with literally nothing but the clothes on my back, I wouldn't even know what to do with money I've begged for. Handouts don't get me a job, a bath, clean clothes, or shelter.

If I give someone ten or twenty dollars, there's no telling what they'll use it for. Even if they intend to try and use it well, it may just be stolen. If I give that money to the bishop's storehouse or to a shelter or kitchen, I know the money is not only going toward its intended purpose,but it's doing so in a sustainable way.

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