Paul Cherulnik: Offended by business owner’s remarks

Published: 12/2/2019 1:56:16 PM

The comments on panhandling in downtown Northampton by business owner Annie Lytle-Rich (“‘Time to stop being in our corners,’” Nov. 21) have prompted me to make a couple of my own.

During my visits downtown, I am inconvenienced more by business owners who have appropriated half or more of the public sidewalk to their own use than I am by panhandlers.

And I am outraged by the fact that people who work downtown are offended by having to say hello to someone who might be sleeping outdoors in a tent this coming winter.

I don’t intend to patronize Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters or Tart Baking Co. for fear of making my feelings known to her employees. I try to support local businesses, but I have never heard a business owner say anything quite so offensive.

Paul Cherulnik


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