Please do not feed the animalsI'm sure this won't generate as much reader outrage as the debate over entertainment choices in the Glens Falls area, but it's a lot more disgusting.
According to Reuters, an man in Orlando, FL was arrested for a most heinous crime. What was his crime?
Supporting terrorism? Child molestation? Not sufficiently supporting the city's hockey team?
No, his crime was feeding the animals. The animals, according to Orlando's city government, being homeless human beings.
An activist from the group Food Not Bombs was charged with violating a controversial law against feeding large groups of destitute people in the city center.
I would be speechless, but remember that Orlando is the home of Disney World and Universal Studios. Two institutions dedicated to the premise that artificiality should trump reality; that image should trump anything else, including humanity.
The Orlando law, which is supported by local business owners who say the homeless drive away customers but has been challenged in court by civil rights groups, allows charities to feed more than 25 people at a time within two miles of Orlando city hall only if they have a special permit. They can get two permits a year.
We can't have businessmen nibbling on their caviar or tourist families gobbling a bloomin' onion be distracted from their fantasy world by being forced to look at real Orlandoans, even from a distance and separated by a window.
I don't want to go to a place where they are so obsessed about superficial image that they'd ban private citizens from helping those in need. After the anti-Islamic filth faced by one local resident on her recent trip to the Florida town, this yet another reason for me to boycott Orlando.