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Why assume homeless people at a public event would be bad?

September 5, 2011
By Amy Bartholomew

An exchange between village Board of Trustees members Allie Pelletieri, John McEneany and Tom Catillaz is reported in "Village says no hobos at Hobofest" (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Aug. 23). Pelletieri is reported to have been worried that Hobofest would bring hobos to Saranac Lake - a hobo being a "migratory unskilled workman, a professional idler, a tramp, a vagrant." He expressed concern that this wouldn't fit with the village's master plan and that they - hobos - wouldn't have any place to stay. Pelletieri was reassured by Catillaz that there would not be any real hobos there, that it would be a "cool" music festival, and happily, the trustees unanimously approved the resolution, paving the way for the festival. Catillaz is to be commended, of course, for addressing Pelletieri's objections. But, in doing so, Catillaz said, "There's no homeless people there. (Rather) They are people that you see every day."



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