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Please Don't Feed the Wildlife

By maxwell edison ·
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Any Park Ranger will tell us to refrain from feeding the wildlife, lest they become dependent on the handouts.

Food Stamps in America are being handed out at record levels.

I guess people aren't as smart (or as important) as wildlife.

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Help drought-stricken areas of the country?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to What else would you spend ...

"It's a shame they didn't consider the cost of water when they decided where their ancestors put their homes"

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Here's part of the reason... low-income underclass

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Yeah, but 47 million peop ...

http://m.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/10/66-americas-growing-underclass/3618/

People who work full time, and still can't make enough to make ends meet.

Of course, that's what happens when the corporations tweak the system.

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it's too bad

by PurpleSkys In reply to Please Don't Feed the Wil ...

so many of those people are without a job or a roof over the heads (for whatever reason). If it were just as simple as giving those in need a home and some form of gainful employment, I would be all in. I know too many folks that have to swollow their pride and go to food banks or collect food stamps just to feed their families because they can't find a job. I'm a trained office administrator, experienced waitress, and have 17 years experience working in a local carpet factory on the floor. I've been jobless for 13 months and without umemployment for two months. I've had two interviews for the about 25 jobs that I have applied for and the two employers both told me that they had an extraordinary amount of applications for the jobs they had posted. I happen to be lucky enough to have a husband that has a job, many are single income families without a significant other.

This week, our local food bank did their annual food drive in conjunction with our local radio station and a few other sponsers. Our community did fantastic; over 66,000 lbs of food and monitary donations were collected; even in the cold rain of the day, our community came out in force. Things are tight at our home, but I always make a commitment of at least 10.00 in non-parishable goods. I always figure I'm greatful for the times that it was there when my mom was a single parent raising my four siblings (I was out on my own by then) and I never know when I may need the service myself in the future.

We're coming into the season of giving and being thankful for what we have. I give when I can and am truly thankful for what we have. Have a happy weekend everyone and please give when you can.

Lee

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You mentioned the 66,000 lbs donated to the local Food Bank...

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to it's too bad

but that was 20% less than last year's 83,000 lbs. You also identified the high unemployment rate this year compared to previous years so it would make sense that fewer people are donating to the Food Banks; to compound the problem there is a greater demand on the Food Banks because the unemployed that used to donate while employed have become patrons; it becomes a snowball effect.

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yes dear

by PurpleSkys In reply to You mentioned the 66,000 ...

thank you for putting a different perspective on it. I hadn't really thought about the 20% less given this year until you mentioned the high unemployment/jobless rate. There are fewer folks in the community working and too many vying for the same job. It's a tough economy for sure . I'm sure it'll be a tough year for the foodbank, rougher than last year.

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All the best to you

by robo_dev In reply to it's too bad

It is admirable for you to think of others even when you have little. What goes around comes around.

That's the sort of thinking that helps our country rise above the petty politics of us and them, and helps us to remember there is only 'us'.

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thanks robo :)

by PurpleSkys In reply to All the best to you

I try to live with the premise to give what I can in the hopes that if I ever need that type of assistance mayself, others will be there to help point me in proper directions. I do wish more folks thought the same way though, seems there are too many "only us" folks, like you and I, out there.

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Purple and RoboDev illustrate my point

by maxwell edison In reply to thanks robo :)

(Although I don't think it's their intent.)

My position is that the federal government should not be in the food handing out business. (Perhaps very limited in certain situations.) Citizens in local communities can take care of their own needs themselves, as it should be - and as you illustrated.

The problem with discussing SO MANY issues around this place is that people confuse government solutions with private or local solutions. Not all problems should rely on government to provide the solutions. I'm not opposed to giving attention to the problem, I'm opposed to giving government attention to the problem, especially if it means turning its citizens into a dependent class - which is exactly what's happening.

It's actually MORE humane and compassionate to want people free of government dependency instead of being reliant on it. (Maybe it's time I start attacking your values by calling you two the Scrooges.)

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Maxwell, the real problem is we've had over 50 years of the government

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Purple and RoboDev illust ...

saying that sort of thing is their job and taking lots of action to STOP people providing that sort of help on the local level.

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Like making it illegal to feed the homeless.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Maxwell, the real problem ...

Bloomberg and NYC come to mind, but when I first read it and Googled to double-check, I was shocked by how many 'communities' had made it illegal to feed the homeless. WTF?

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