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I admit, I have to admire what these Maine news anchors did, standing up for working conditions and ethics. Makes me wonder what the behind the scenes story is around there.
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He finally admitted it. Rep. Anthony Weiner, (D) NY, admitted today that he tweeted provocative photos of himself to women over Twitter. I give him credit for coming forward and finally admitting it. I really do. But what the heck was he thinking when he thinking sending photos over Twitter and having online and phone relationships with these women?! Obviously he was thinking with his penis. It must have been a very hard decision for him to make sending those photos. I bet he is going to pay a stiff penalty now. And his poor wife! I can’t imagine how she must feel! They have only been married for one year. Still basically newlyweds. She is a victim. She has got to be devastated and angry over this. I have to wonder and wouldn’t be surprised if there is a divorce. What made Rep. Wiener think he could get away with it?!
There is a shelter I go to that has THE BEST food! This one certain volunteer there–his cooking skills are out of this world!! Someday if I get rich, I am going to hire this man to be my personal chef! I have been telling this shelter that they need to make a cookbook for us so when we get out of homelessness we can cook like them. Well, I just found an article from a Scotland news that an organization has done just that! Scottish Churches Housing Action will distribute cookbooks to people who are moving in to a new home after being homeless. It is a great idea and thing to do–why don’t organizations here do this? I would love to see it happen!
I just read an article from The Union Leader about a police officer who was recognized for his kindness with a homeless man. Instead of arresting the man for stealing four sandwiches, the officer went back to the store and paid for them and asked to not press charges. He was familiar with the man and knew his story. He understands that times have been tough for him. The charges were dropped.
A quote from Officer Jeffrey Wholley in the story really gets to me: “The truly sincere people, I have no problem helping out at all.”
Police are known to harass the homeless. And they do! But, IMHO, they generally only do when individuals routinely cause problems. Comply with the laws, social norms and respect, don’t be loud and obnoxious, the police won’t “bother” you. They will actually socialize with and almost befriend you. Cops aren’t out to look for who they can harass today. Well, not normally. Unfortunately though, I have seen and experienced just that. So it does happen. But most of the time they are hoping for a “quiet” day so they can be readily available for any serious emergency that comes up.
I don’t want to forget the store in this article. They rewarded the officer, the local food pantry, Salvation Army, and others because of this officer’s generousity for not arresting the man and choosing to feed him instead.
Kudos to Washington Rep. Brendan Williams (D) for sponsoring a bill which just passed in the state House on Tuesday which would allow churches to house the homeless inside or outside! A town in Washington had altered its laws after a local church decided to host the tent city “Camp Quixote”. The town restricted the homeless to be housed only inside buildings, and not within 300 feet of a daycare center or school. The town has recently amended the laws a bit, but I am guessing it took the fact that a House bill was up because of them.
This town clearly does not want the homeless! Is housing the homeless an eyesore?! I think that offering a homeless shelter shows a community who cares. Sure there are “bad apples” everywhere in society, not just the homeless. There are more homeless who are productive in their lives, working or getting medical care or education. They are clean and look presentable. You would never know they are homeless by looking at them. I am one of those people, and I know many others.
I am grateful for churches that are willing and able to house the homeless. They provide a great service–THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You honestly can’t find a better help and care for the homeless than the volunteers at homeless shelters! It is they who inspire us, give us a good meal and a warm place to stay. They converse with us and we feel like family. We feel like we belong and we matter. They obviously volunteer with their heart.
I have to recommend everyone sit down with a homeless person and talk to them. There is so much that we can learn from each other! We need to combat the stereotype that towns like that one in Washington have of the homeless. Don’t try to get rid of us. Be a friend and understand that we are actually no different than you and your neighbor.
You can read the article I saw here.