Maybe it's because I'm Downtown late at night and early in the morning, coming to or going home from work here at The New 96.1-Joy FM. I seem to get asked a lot for spare change, or a buck or two for coffee or a sandwich.

For lots of reasons, I usually have only the amount of money I need for the night. It hurts sometimes when someone asks for a little help, but there's almost never anything I can do for them.

I would assume that most people begging for money are in cities like Buffalo or Niagara Falls. Then again, anywhere people are likely to be would be good places for panhandlers to be, too.

Police agencies and those who help the destitute are unanimous: we should not give money to those who beg in the streets. But sometimes the story or the person asking are too compelling. So here's my question: