From the Travel Desk: Generous traveler, keep your change and read this

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 2:19 PM

I have given money to beggars overseas countless times. That one-legged boy in front of the cathedral in Mexico City? I couldn’t fix his condition, but I could assuage my First World guilt by dropping some cash.

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regionguyOct. 20, 1312:55 PM

I am all for sustainable development, but I have known enough locals in developing countries to know that not all beggars are fronting for, or being exploited by, someone else. And in any case, it is not an either/or.

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