Xmas Fires Opening Salvo

Posted Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 7:30 AM
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  • I agree completely. the poor need to eat all year long, not just at Christmas. I rarely donate to any of the groups that solicite by mail. I donate food to the food banks 2 or 3 times during the year, and to certain other groups that I feel do good work. I don't know who the solicitation was from, but I think they even beat Walmart from being the first to start the Christmas "season". Can we not even get the kids in school first?????

    -- Posted by virginiagrace on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 5:12 AM
  • Charity starts at home. I don't send money to other towns, states, countries... I do enjoy helping people right here in our own little town. I've said before and I'll say again.. when we start to look to our neighbors and family and friends and think, what can I do to help them today.. and then do that... that's when things will improve. Everyone wants to change our politicians hoping it will change the life that we all live for the better somehow but in reality if we want a better life, we have to actively as humans make it happen and stop relying on some law makers who sit behind a desk to "fix" it.

    I petitioned for a homeless shelter in Brazil once and I was told by many people... "we dont have a homeless problem." just because we dont see people living in boxes on the street does not mean we dont have a homeless problem, the fact that we have to send these people to other towns such as terre haute lighthouse mission, and greencastles shelter, should tell us that we do in fact have homeless here. One girl i spoke with was taken in by some poor folks. She was 90 lbs and when they took her in she was even less than that... she hadnt eaten anything at all in over a week when they took her in. These kind of stories are all over if you speak to people.. and i mean really speak to people, there are sub standard housing ran by in my humble opinion slum lords. and i dont even have to name who they are, we all know them... and while they sit in newly built houses raking in the benefits from the misery of others... nothing will be done about it because they are too influencial in this town... thats not right.. and maybe ill get hate mail for my opinions here but ill accept it. ive been out there and speaking to people and i know what they are goin through. The word from the politicians on this is where would we put them if we stopped allowing them to live in these kind of houses. Yet, we dont need a shelter?

    The resident opinion on this is a lot of not in my backyard, well it's already in your backyard. Some think it will just be a house for drugs, well look around, throw a rock, there are already drug houses. we just choose not to give them a label and hope they go away.

    I could go on and on with what ive encountered in this small town that im sure is in every small town, city, state. the soloution though do not rese in the hands of politicians, but each of us as ordinary people working together to make life a little bit easier for someone else and ourself. It's standing up for what you believe in and speaking out about it, educating yourself about what the reality really is rather than sweeping it away and hoping someone fixes it. It's getting your hands dirty and actively getting involved to change the life of someone, one person at a time, and by doing so, giving someone hope... I see that you are a religious man, there are so many passages in the bible in reference to exactly what i am saying.. the best one i can think of is Love thy neighbor as thyself.

    -- Posted by Ninesy on Mon, Aug 11, 2008, at 10:47 AM
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