HAVE ANY CHANGE YOU CAN SPARE? – RICH PASCHALL

This is a true story that was posted last winter. The point is still important as there seems to be no less homeless now. We could, and perhaps should, rant about the lack of government help. We can also point out the need to help one another and our community organizations.

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Begging on the city streets, Rich Paschall

It was a particularly nice evening for this time of year. The temperature has been known to be brutal when the calendar reaches this point of winter, but this night was different. People walked as if the wind was not pushing them along. For a town known as “The Windy City,” there was barely any wind at all. A few people were standing about in front of sports bars, having a smoke or talking about this year’s football disaster. There was no reason to hurry inside.

A parking spot was waiting for me across the street from my destination. It was not the Wild West Restaurant and Sports Bar from the short story series from last year, but in my mind it was close enough. I was ready to order some food that I probably should not have, but I thought I would just forget the word “cholesterol” for a…

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2 thoughts on “HAVE ANY CHANGE YOU CAN SPARE? – RICH PASCHALL

  1. Of course there are no fewer homeless. Nobody knows what to do about them. Shelters are barely a bandaid and many of them are mentally ill and are on the street for reasons that go well beyond mere poverty. Maybe we should take a lesson from other cultures that don’t have people living in the street. See what they do RIGHT … and which we don’t do at all.

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