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Poor People and Having a Voice | | A Philosophy Blog
Right now, as I write this, my area, Daytona Beach, is struggling with a "homeless problem." City officials don't know how to handle the problem. Some have proposed a shelter in the area, but the city doesn't know if it can afford it. They want surrounding cities to pitch in. For all the discussion of how to solve the problem of poverty or homelessness, I rarely see the voices of actual poor or homeless people. Their voices are lacking in these discussions. They are treated as a problem for others to solve, not as human beings with their own thoughts and feelings on the subject. I have found that, even though the world of a poor person may be limited because of a lack of resources, they still usually know what they need. They are the best ones to solve the problems they face. But, too often, others try to speak for them. I'll tell you a story: I used to give money to homeless people in Daytona Beach. Back when I was in college, I'd see homeless people panhandling. I'd stop and give