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I have lived in this town for over 30 years, and I have seen a lot. Some of those people who sit out there day in and day out are doing so just because they can. Some are doing it because they're unemployed and potentially unhirable because of age, medical issues, etc. The system is so overrun with people who are milking it, those who truly need assistance aren't able to get any. And the gentleman with the cart, he does more work in one day than many people do in a week. He helps keep this city clean of garbage and debris, often because our many residents don't give a care and he does. He actually gets paid a little bit for the enormous amount that he does. So instead of complaining about something you don't like, do something about it! Talk to these people and find out a little more information. If they're a nuisance, say in front of a business, report them. Business owners have a right to request them to move on, no loitering or bothering customers. Same goes for street corners and such, especially if they're a hazard. But I daresay, we are NO WHERE near as bad as Portland. I have yet to see one of them approach anyone before they've been approached themselves. We don't know their stories, whether they're running from domestic violence to a war veteran to a runaway teen. Instead of throwing stones, be productive about it.
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