Letter: City should show compassion

I am disappointed and disgusted with the City of Penticton

I am disappointed and disgusted with the City of Penticton’s decision to go after panhandler, Paul Braun.

This was an opportunity for the city to show compassion and to take the high road and help this man. Instead, they have taken the low road and have shown their true colours as to how they can bully and harass lower-income individuals.

Whether you support Paul or not, think of the money that is about to be spent by the city using your tax dollars. The city is willing to spend thousands of dollars on a four-day trial to collect fines under $1,000 from a man who has no money. Are you kidding me?

Any intelligent, successful business person would not make such an idiotic financial decision. Couldn’t the time, effort and money being placed on one 59-year-old poor man, be better spent on helping several homeless people, or bringing more doctors to our town? Our taxes are raised every year due to foolish decisions like this one.

It’s not too late to do the right thing, be kind, not stupid, and stop spending our money in such a ridiculous manner.

Ro Edwards


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