Stinging criticism of the way our society deals with the poor and disadvantaged appeared on The Guardian’s opinion pages in recent days.

One dealt with the forced eviction of apartment dwellers and small business owners on Grafton Street East to make way for a new Holland College student residence. The other was critical of how we deal with panhandlers in downtown Charlottetown.

Each author was appalled at how the rights of the poor are ignored. One wonders what those authors would say this week after Charlottetown City Council discussed the panhandler issue Monday.

Instead of dealing with the cause of the problem, council went on the attack. Now, city fathers are suggesting that panhandlers should be kept away from local churches.