Holiday Wishes: 'Once you start falling, it's hard to stop ...'

There are 20 comments on the Dec 10, 2010, TwinCities.com story titled Holiday Wishes: 'Once you start falling, it's hard to stop ...'. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Troy Antrim, left, and his 16-year-old daughter Lindsey during an interview at their home in a North St.

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Wowser

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Dec 12, 2010
I'm sure a lot of people will see some of themselves in Troy's & Lindsey's story.
The climb to the top takes forever; The fall to the bottom is lightning fast.
Please don't judge and leave stupid comments for these 2. They have enough on their plate already, and I'm sure they've heard it all before.
May God bless them. If you can help, do it. If you can't, a word of encouragement today, rather than the usual blather and political finger-pointing. It's the holidays; please remember, as I'm sure Troy & Lindsey will... no matter how bad YOU have it, it can ALWAYS GET WORSE!
Merry Christmas to them, and to you.
And wishes for a better year ahead for all of us!
hmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 12, 2010
It's so easy to be doing every thing "right" and have something happen that changes your world. For some people the fall to the bottom is short for others it can take a little longer - but it can happen to any of us.
Really

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Dec 12, 2010
WOwser, Troy admits to being judgmental regarding food stamps users. He was obviously part of the collapse of the national if not the WOLRD economy. He made a lot of money and admits that he didn't save enough...

But tis the season so here is my words of encouragement; keep you head up kid.
Robert

United States

#4 Dec 12, 2010
so sad to read these stories. by the grace of god etc etc
cakes

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Dec 12, 2010
My husband is a home builder and also has had no steady work for several years. I thank god for my job. I admit I feel sorry for myself at times because we can't go on trips, get new furniture, fix up the house etc. Reading this makes me realize how selfish that is. I am blessed just having the money to pay the bills. Good luck and god speed to this family.
EMH

Plymouth, MN

#6 Dec 12, 2010
This is why I prepare for bad times by making sure my pantry is full when I actually *have* a job. I've temped around for 10 years, finally got a permanent job with benefits.

Never in my life did I have to use food stamps because I prepared for bad times, and I was always willing to take a temporary job, even if it wasn't something I liked doing.

The key to survival is to remember that sometimes, in order to survive, we have to do things we don't always enjoy to make money. And have something you enjoy doing on the side.

You may not always have your dream job, and that's okay. I write and do art in my spare time. I'm never going to make a rent payment on that, but it's okay. It makes me happy and provides stress relief when I'm doing work I don't like on a daily basis.

You must always plan for the bad times, because you never know when bad times will come to you.
embarassing questions

United States

#7 Dec 12, 2010
there are indeed some temporary "deserving poor".

But can I ask a question? Aren't many of the welfare programs simply enabling people to maintain indolence and laziness?

I see all kinds of work around here that needs to be done. I would start a business, hire hard workers, and get the work done..........if we all could make a profit and feel better about ourselves.

Cut my taxes and I will create jobs and wealth for many.
chipmunk

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Dec 12, 2010
embarassing questions wrote:
there are indeed some temporary "deserving poor".
But can I ask a question? Aren't many of the welfare programs simply enabling people to maintain indolence and laziness?
I see all kinds of work around here that needs to be done. I would start a business, hire hard workers, and get the work done..........if we all could make a profit and feel better about ourselves.
Cut my taxes and I will create jobs and wealth for many.
Assistance prevents you from gaining ground.When you try to get work they punish you,or if you are working they take more from you.My sister had her oldest son on childcare assistance when she was a single mom and each time she got a raise they increased how much she owed them.You can't get ahead because they always take it.
Demented

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Dec 12, 2010
embarassing questions wrote:
there are indeed some temporary "deserving poor".
But can I ask a question? Aren't many of the welfare programs simply enabling people to maintain indolence and laziness?
I see all kinds of work around here that needs to be done. I would start a business, hire hard workers, and get the work done..........if we all could make a profit and feel better about ourselves.
Cut my taxes and I will create jobs and wealth for many.
Sometimes answers posted here just make my jaw drop open. I've owned a business for 27yrs. and never expanded or hired a new employee because of lower taxes. You have to make profits first to worry much about taxes. If it were as easy as lowering taxes, most new businesses wouldnt go down the tubes in the first five years after being started. Note that my "small" business has almost 1200 employees and is still very profitable in spite of the tough economic times. I'm not the main reason for that fact, the great employees and customers are why we have been fortunate. I'm not afraid to pay taxes on my profits. There are far greater concerns in business than taxes, my Tea Party freind.
Proof

Elk River, MN

#10 Dec 12, 2010
Demented wrote:
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Sometimes answers posted here just make my jaw drop open. I've owned a business for 27yrs. and never expanded or hired a new employee because of lower taxes. You have to make profits first to worry much about taxes. If it were as easy as lowering taxes, most new businesses wouldnt go down the tubes in the first five years after being started. Note that my "small" business has almost 1200 employees and is still very profitable in spite of the tough economic times. I'm not the main reason for that fact, the great employees and customers are why we have been fortunate. I'm not afraid to pay taxes on my profits. There are far greater concerns in business than taxes, my Tea Party freind.
Nice made up story. All businesses worry about what the taxes are. You must a a far left liberal pushing for higher taxes.
AntiMelting

United States

#11 Dec 12, 2010
Proof wrote:
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Nice made up story. All businesses worry about what the taxes are. You must a a far left liberal pushing for higher taxes.
Or a "non"-profit.
Steve

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Dec 12, 2010
Complacency and poor life choices are what puts most people into this situation. May not be the case with this story, but I have seen neighbors and friends, living far beyond their means, spending every penny they make to buy the latest and greatest toys. Then a job loss sends them spiraling down to the point of losing everything. The point is that people need to prepare themselves for the worst (which this story points out) and learn to save rather then spending everything they make.
jinn4u

Nashville, TN

#13 Dec 12, 2010
These are truely hard times for individuals and families. It's tough to want to work and no one will hire you. Its also a tough way for our society to learn empathy for others. When I was Lindseys age I had two jobs but there are no jobs for teenagers either. Wish them both better luck this is really sad..
Ann

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 12, 2010
These people need to be put to work. Somewhere ASAP. McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle, and or whatever. Get off the welfare.
AntiMelting

United States

#16 Dec 12, 2010
jinn4u wrote:
These are truely hard times for individuals and families. It's tough to want to work and no one will hire you. Its also a tough way for our society to learn empathy for others. When I was Lindseys age I had two jobs but there are no jobs for teenagers either. Wish them both better luck this is really sad..
"It's tough to want to work..."

You are exactly what is wrong with society. Poor you.
USMC Veteran

AOL

#17 Dec 12, 2010
Sad story! This guy wants to actually work. He's much different that the 'entitlement' Norwegian at the Rainbow the other day who was waving her Mercedes keys at my brother after paying with food stamps. This guy needs a break unlike those low lifes for whom welfare and food stamps are a way of life.
TeaPartyPatriot

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Dec 12, 2010
Pathetic! Get a freakin job and stop stealing my money, losers!
Lou Zer

Lakeville, MN

#19 Dec 12, 2010
Dude, I worked in the industry that provides mortgage companies and banks forms and software. Me and many of my former coworkers are out of a job, too. The job left me with no portable skill although I brought considerable assets when I started some months after being a budget cut as a graphic designer. The software packages are of no use in the real world. I'm over 50 and have obsolete skills. I had to beg for an opportunity to get a seasonal warehouse position. Educated professionals who have worked on their butt for the past 30 years don't get much of a chance in a world where GED is good enough. I have another six months of unemployment time. It'll be a long summer without a job.
Hmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 12, 2010
Self-righteous much?
Ann wrote:
These people need to be put to work. Somewhere ASAP. McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle, and or whatever. Get off the welfare.
Demented

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Dec 12, 2010
Proof wrote:
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Nice made up story. All businesses worry about what the taxes are. You must a a far left liberal pushing for higher taxes.
Sorry to burst your Fox News, tea party bubble but I am a Republican and have spent lots of time fund raising over the years. It's idiots like you that will cost us the White House in the 2012 election. Now that the Republicans have control of the house, the voters expect more than whining about taxes from us. They expect results, not blaming the Democrats for everything. I didnt say taxes dont matter at all, just that they are not that important in hiring and expasion plans. Dont ever start your own business, you will be broke in six months with your lack of any balance sheet knowlege.

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