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NYC Churches Ordered Not To Shelter Homeless

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve really had it on my mind lately how PEOPLE need to do more to help the ones who need help, and quit pawning them off on the government. You see PEOPLE have compassion to help others, the government is here to create and enforce the laws. Besides providing protection (police, military, etc), I honestly can’t think of another GOOD function of the government. I’m not sure how a “Department of Homeless Services” is going to actually help people. If you read below – they are taking help away from people:

New York ― City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people. With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all. Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.He said hundreds of people now won’t have a place to sleep.The Department of Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches. The city had 8,000 beds waiting.Last year, four unsheltered homeless people died in the city during cold weather, so three dozen emergency outreach teams were prepped to respond to reports of homeless people outdoors or in the subways.”We really don’t want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in beds,” said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.The homeless can be coaxed indoors but not forced unless their life is in danger.

Until next time…..

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I really did it

November 4, 2008 1 comment

I really did it
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Yes, for the first time in my 30–years, I actually registered, and stood in line and voted. I’ve always been one to say “my vote doesn’t count”, what with the electoral college junk and all that. But I’ve come to realize that taking part in the election process is not just about who “the prez” is. It’s the local leaders, officials, commissioners, and judges, that have an impact too. Actually I think the local elections are just as important, maybe even more so than the national race. I may be wrong, but I think they have more of a direct impact on my family’s life. I still have my misgivings about the whole electoral college mess, but I hope and pray that my vote does make a difference in deciding who leads our country, state, county, local community.

Until next time…..

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