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Editorial inaccurate

Your editorial "The trouble with panhandlers" (Aug. 8) was unkind and inaccurate. The statement that panhandlers "prey on people" makes them sound like ravenous beasts rather than people in need and worthy of our charity. The vast majority of the homeless who ask for a nickel are between jobs, ill or simply down on their luck. One-third of them are veterans and half of those are Vietnam veterans.

Society's callous disregard for them is just another example of neglect for those who have physically and psychologically borne the burden of U.S. policies.

It is my honor as an American and as a human being to give them my pocket change any time they ask for it. The trouble is not with the homeless. It is with the heartless.

Albert Winkler