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Continued: Tevlin: Saying no to panhandlers doesn't include NFL

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 10, 2014 - 11:13 PM

One demand by the NFL’s 1 percent seems almost comically unaware. The host committee, they say, must work with hotels and restaurants to ensure an “anti-gouging resolution.”

Well, at least someone is looking out for the little guy.

When the NFL asked for “high-level management” at local airports to “cooperate with those needing special services,” I thought it might be a nod to the disabled. How thoughtful.

Nope. “Special services” apparently refers to those arriving in private planes. The very rich have needs, too, you know.

The NFL also asked that government licensing fees be waived for as many as 450 courtesy cars and buses. In other words: tough bounce, cabbies, we don’t like your pedestrian ride.

The committee members don’t want to talk about the deal. The mayor says she hasn’t seen it, which is what politicians say when they don’t want to talk about something.

Let’s see if this comes up during the next City Council meeting on social equity, shall we?

Speaking of social equity, at least we got a public park out of the deal.

But wait, what’s that? The park will only be truly public every so often, when the hometown team doesn’t need it?

That hurts.

I’m guessing homeless people won’t find this new pseudo-public park too welcoming by whoever runs it. No doubt panhandling will be discouraged.

Ironically, social service agencies are putting up billboards around town now, four years before the mandatory Super Bowl billboards, advising people not to give money to panhandlers. Giving them money only rewards the behavior and makes them reliant on a life of perpetual handouts.

Maybe the billboards should have gone up a few months earlier, aimed at a different audience.

jontevlin@startribune.com 612-673-1702

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