Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Signs of the times
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I feel compelled to write about something sad that affects me every day. It seems that the number of people holding a sign asking for money is greater than ever. Some of the messages really tug at your heartstrings.

I find myself avoiding eye contact. I almost feel guilty that I have a good job, especially if I don't hand them money.

There must be some other way to obtain money. Maybe I am wrong, maybe they have tried, but I would rather mow lawns or clean windows to earn some money than stand all day like that.

Often there is a pile of garbage left where they have been, and someone has to clean that up. Ironically, it is probably a paid government employee.

I see the same people at freeway exits and intersections and I have mixed feelings. My compassionate side would love to help; my skeptical side is not sure that what I read on their sign is the truth.

I know there truly are hardship cases, but I don't want to be a dupe, either. How do we know which is which?

Gina Petersen

Sandy

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.