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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:12 am | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the editor

Nov. 30, 2012

To the editor:

When I see people standing outside of stores in the cold, especially at the temperatures we are having now, trying to collect money for the, as Charles Dickens put it, less fortunate, I think to myself “Do I really want to shop there?”

Not really. I understand that these stores have a policy of sorts that states that there be no panhandling on the property, but, let’s face it, these folks are hardly panhandling. They are not trying to get money for themselves but for others. Others who, if it were not for them, may go hungry, homeless, cold — in plain English, without.

So what if they are taking a small space in a store trying to do good and keep warm. Isn’t it better they be in there than freezing in 30 and 40 below weather?

Quite frankly, it really doesn’t make the store look very good. Let’s all remember that this is Christmas and let those folks in the stores so they don’t get frostbite. They are trying to do a lot of good for the Fairbanks community.

Tom Cassidy

North Pole

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