I applaud the strong opposition by Councilman Will O'Bryant to the proposed law against Dumpster diving and the attempt to increase the penalty for drinking in the parks without a permit. It's nice to know there are still people in government that realize that just putting laws on the books does not necessarily make our community better.
I can understand that some officers would like so many laws that when they decide that someone is a problem, there would definitely be a law somewhere that would allow them to bring some justice to that person. This law would be anti-homeless and anti-poor, as well as anti-environmental because of the recycling it would prevent.
I wonder if there has ever been a case in Modesto of a homeless person getting material from a Dumpster and committing identity theft. There already is a law against littering; if the Modesto Police Department can't enforce that, then why give them another law aimed squarely at the people least able to have a voice in our government?
I agree that people that cause problems should be dealt with, but making laws that hurt the whole homeless community is just ignorant.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Modesto Bee