THOSE of us with a roof over our heads have the luxury of referring to our dealings with the homeless as a "quality of life" issue, though the life whose quality we care about is our own.
Having to confront homelessness, especially when the homeless confront us - for attention, or money - is not pleasant. Some encounters are an affront to city dwellers and visitors to the city. Councilman Frank DiCicco has been hearing a lot from the latter, and wants to put stronger curbs on aggressive and belligerent behavior by allowing police greater powers in arresting people, sidestepping a process that now involves social workers. After protest from homeless advocates, he has rightly amended this bill to specifically target aggressive panhandlers.