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LAYLA ISHLER
  • LAYLA ISHLER


Layla Ishler

Telecommunications Neighborhood: Downtown

What do you think about banning panhandlers from highway exit ramps? That's infringing on human rights. We're telling people, "No you can't stand here." What's next? To a point, I can see it, because of the pressure they put you under, but still, it's infringing.

Have you ever been assaulted by or seen an accident caused by a panhandler? In Portland, but never here.

Which hurts the city's image more: panhandlers or banning them? Honestly? Them sitting there. When I lived in Portland I hated going downtown, because there are so many panhandlers, you're going to get hit every five minutes.

Who is worse, panhandlers or politicians? Politicians. Any day.

RICHARD WILSON
  • RICHARD WILSON


Richard Wilson

Retired Neighborhood: Westside

What do you think about banning panhandlers from highway exit ramps? It's probably OK.

Have you ever been assaulted by or seen an accident caused by a panhandler? No, but I drive all the time, and sometimes they're kind of distracting.

What should we do about the homeless? I think we should subsidize some housing for them.

What do you think about the mayor being afraid of panhandlers? Well, I think she's an excellent mayor. She's just doing her job.

Who is worse, panhandlers or politicians? Gosh, it's a tossup.

CHRISTINA ELMORE
  • CHRISTINA ELMORE


Christina Elmore

Accountant Neighborhood: Westside

What do you think about banning panhandlers from highway exit ramps? I kind of have mixed emotions on it. I don't think they hurt anybody, but at the same time, I know I get kind of nervous sometimes being stopped there with a panhandler on the corner.

Have you ever been assaulted by or seen an accident caused by a panhandler? I have not, no.

Which hurts the city's image more: panhandlers or banning them? Banning them. It's banning the freedom to do what they want to do.

Who is worse, panhandlers or politicians? Politicians.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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