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I have seen about a dozen of these young people get off the train at one time and go on down the track to find a “squat” and have been telling people for years that these are a different group than the usual local mentally ill and homeless indigents.

As far as I am concerned, they should get the same hospitality and kindness that my grandfather and uncles got when they were “bumming it” during the Great Depression. My ancestors were given a bunk, and a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, and taken to the city limits, and sent on their way.


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Most "travellers' during the Great Depression we're people looking for ork, hoping to rebuild their lives.
I'm glad my Grandfather knew this. He wasn't a "traveller" but he did own a restaurant which he nearly lost feeding people on credit he knew they weren't going to be able to pay in a timely manner. But they were hungry. And he was there.

THAT is the attitude that kept America together during the Depression.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 12:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey Merle

The difference is that your grandfather and uncles were mannered, polite and hard working people.

The vast majority of today's "travelers" are just plain lazy drug addled and disaffected bums.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

See, we can't just send the "travelers" on their way these days. That would be damaging to their scruffy little psyches or something and they'd probably come back and sue the city. And win.

RexOfSB (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with this perspective. I believe traveling is an essential component to empowering knowledgeable experience. The right kind of traveler - sans drug use, dangerous/delinquent activity, ignoble character, etc. - deserve to have an affordable means of traveling, camping and self-expression of creativity and ambition.

Horus_Zeitgeist (anonymous profile)
April 2, 2014 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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