On People Helping People and When Government Need Get Out of the Way
A year or two ago (I do not recall specifically without looking at my records) I made a couple of public comments decrying the suggestion voiced by Kansas City government officials and institutions that ordinary citizens (using non-commercial kitchens to prepare food) feeding the homeless directly was too risky, violated code, and should (and would) be stopped. As a member in a family that has owned restaurants I recognized where these officials were coming from. However, their suggesting volunteerism (charity and aid performed in good faith) should cease was pathetic then as it is now. I like the suggestions in this Opinion piece—and similar. The Editorial Board of a KC newspaper does the city better than bureaucrats blathering thin and weak excuses. If people are helping those in need and are guided by good intentions they don't need obstacles. Life is too hard for too many already. Help, or get out of the way.