The question today is pretty simple "is panhandling free speech?" The American Civil Liberties Union has a lawsuit against the city of Grand Junction about our anti-panhandling ordinance.

The ACLU claims that by banning the act of begging on street corners communities are violating the free speech of those individuals.

While I don't have a problem with street performers, those who play guitar or showcase some talent for donations. I'm not sure that standing on a street corner begging for money is what the founding fathers meant by free speech. 

With a street performer, you get something for your buck. They play a song or do some trick to entertain and if you stood and watched then you should put a dollar in the hat.

The panhandler holds up a sign and asks for money. Is that free speech or just a beggar looking for a handout?