Vernon school raises half-ton for food drive

Full story: Brattleboro Reformer

Students at Vernon Elementary School set a lofty goal for themselves -- raise 1,000 pounds of food for Project Feed the Thousands.
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StopAndThink

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Dec 23, 2010
 
nothing new wrote:
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Project Feed the Thousands, founded in 1993 by Larry Smith and George Haynes, packed 27 trucks with food and surpassed its milestone with $130,000 last year. Organizers are hopeful they can match those numbers in the 2010 season.
Wait... founded by Larry Smith; the evil spokes person for Entergy?

This is just another example of how much the community benefits from Vermont Yankee and it's employees... even the "evil" ones!

Thanks for everything you've promoted Larry, and thank you Vernon Elementary students for your generosity. The giving of your time and heart is a very gracious gift.
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
It would be better for you to take care for your plant than feeding the thousands and outside altruism.

It is still is mind boggling to think about all the media effort and cost, all the money on that, instead of it going to make your plant better.
Nancy Stardust

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Dec 23, 2010
 
mike mulligan wrote:
It would be better for you to take care for your plant than feeding the thousands and outside altruism.
It is still is mind boggling to think about all the media effort and cost, all the money on that, instead of it going to make your plant better.
A little too early to be hitting the eggnog Mike ;)
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
No, I am just saying the love of doing good and altruism should be reward enough...why would you ever need any other incentive than that? Why do you have to connect a name or organization to it?

It is just cheap advertising, instead of paying the newspapers for corporate advertising, you do one of these altruistic feed the thousands thing...thus get your name into the papers all the time and more for free.

It is about elevating yourselves, but elevating the poor is just a by product of your own interest.

This kind of stuff was very popular by the rich and powerful during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The rich would throw relatively a few pennies at the poor...as they were raping the country blind. It was another gilded age...and it was a cheap way for a rich thief to make himself look like a savior.
Nancy Stardust

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Dec 23, 2010
 
mike mulligan wrote:
No, I am just saying the love of doing good and altruism should be reward enough...why would you ever need any other incentive than that? Why do you have to connect a name or organization to it?
It is just cheap advertising, instead of paying the newspapers for corporate advertising, you do one of these altruistic feed the thousands thing...thus get your name into the papers all the time and more for free.
It is about elevating yourselves, but elevating the poor is just a by product of your own interest.
This kind of stuff was very popular by the rich and powerful during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The rich would throw relatively a few pennies at the poor...as they were raping the country blind. It was another gilded age...and it was a cheap way for a rich thief to make himself look like a savior.
Well they are already contributing 40% of their income to Federal taxes, so isn't that relatively few pennies on the remaining 60%(minus their state taxes) enough?
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
I just don't believe your numbers.
Nancy Stardust

Fairlee, VT

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Dec 23, 2010
 
Income Taxes, Millionaires, and Billionaires
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/income...
Nancy Stardust

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Dec 23, 2010
 
Taxes paid by highest incomes
The top 1% pay 22.7% of taxes.
The top 10% pay 50% of taxes.
The top 20% pay 65.3% of taxes.
The top 40% pay 84.3% of taxes.
Taxes paid by lowest incomes
The bottom 20% pay 1.1% of taxes.
The bottom 40% pay 6.1% of taxes.
http://constitutionalconservative.wordpress.c...
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/...

December 22, 2010, 8:30 pm

Christmas in the West

By TIMOTHY EGAN

When I was old enough to drive I loaded up the little car that my dad got for the price of a lawn mower with some of the most durable of food staples and took them to my high school so I could feel good about the holidays. This was the annual Christmas Food Drive, our chance to give something back to the community, or as the more liberal Jesuits put it,“to commit an act of social justice.”

Most everything about the food drive was a mystery. Where was the food going? Indians, we were told. What kind of Indians? Poor Indians, who lived along the Columbia River, north near the Canadian border. How does the food get to them Never mind. Will they really eat this stuff? Sure. Should we gift-wrap the Twinkies and Ho-Hos, dessert with a shelf life of John McCain? Maybe a Christmas bow, nothing more.

It wasn’t until years later that I found out something magical, even miraculous, in the unintended charitable symmetry of the food drive.

The rule was: no fresh food was accepted, with the exception of potatoes, because spuds could last through the long winter in the interior Pacific Northwest. Other than that, nothing that looked like it came from a farm, or a cow, or the sea. The more unrecognizable as an actual product of nature, the better.

From our part of town, this meant a surfeit of a certain kind. Powdered split-pea soup. Powdered mac ‘n’ cheese. Powdered white cheese. Powdered milk. Sloppy Joe mix. Hamburger Helper. Refried beans. Dinty Moore beef stew. Spam, of course, which Dwight Eisenhower said helped the Allies win the war. And SpaghettiOs —“the round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon!” Indeed, we were heavy on the Franco-American product line, which even then raised a question about why something of nominally French origin was selling a nominally Italian standby.

I’ve since learned that the inventor of SpaghettiOs, after a year-long study of the appropriate shape for a kid-friendly pasta, considered producing noodles that looked like cowboys and Indians. That would have complicated one of our major contributions.
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
Heavy on sodium and nitrates they may have been, but these foods filled many a winter pantry, and left us with a warm feeling, for multiple reasons, as they left the house. I loaded up my dad’s SIMCA, a Flintstones-era foreign car with less power than it takes to run a toaster, and headed off through deep snow drifts to school.

I parked on a residential side street, in a neighborhood where rusted appliances would often appear on front lawns when the snow melted in the spring. My plan had been to unload the food at the end of the school day, when I had more time. But a teacher told me I could be excused to bring everything in now. Why the hurry?

“Your food might get stolen, Tim.” Stolen? The problem was the neighborhood, I was told, in a hushed voice. Our school was in a poor part of town — called Hillyard, named for the railroad baron. Truth be told, we feared the kids of Hillyard, and made it a point to avoid them except when we had to crush them in sports.

With help, I dutifully carried my donation into the school, where it was stored in the football team’s weight room. From there, it would be delivered to poor Indians on Christmas Eve. Mystery intact, and a better Christmas for some people up north.

About 20 years later, I ran into a man who was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation, home to 12 bands of native people who have lived for centuries along the Columbia River. Growing up, it was rare to spend time with an Indian. Our minor league baseball team was called the Indians, and I raced against a kid from another school who was a full-blood Flathead, but Indians were abstractions for the most part, summoned into rosy view during the food drive.

It was Christmas time, in a social setting, and the man from Indian country started talking about the donated food that would arrive on the rez every year in late December. He said they welcomed the Dinty Moore beef stew and the Spam, but couldn’t stomach some of the other donations. I was amazed — that was our food drive!

“That powdered cheese — it’ll make your guts blow up if you take it with milk,” he said.“Man, that stuff was nasty.”

Well then, I asked, what did you do with it?
“We had our own food drive,” he said.“We took all the things we didn’t like and gave it to the poor white kids. In Hillyard. Made us all feel better.”
Nancy Stardust

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Dec 23, 2010
 
I have my own true story. When I was a teenager in the 70's my cousin drowned. he was brought back to life but remained in a vegetative state the remaining seven years of life. His family of eight refused to commit him to a long term care facility and instead learned to care for him at home. One important aspect of that care was to keep him thin (therefore mobile) and healthy. So the entire family went on a macrobiotic diet. We visited often, hated the food, but loved our cousins. Once I had my own family I began to realize that a macrobiotic diet was a good choice. So while we are not purest, we do subscribe in some part to that diet. We always contributed food to local food shelves until one day we were told emphatically that poor people like to eat the same things that we do and not what I had brought as a donation. I had donated dried lentils, peas, beans ect. Now I just write checks and let them buy boxes of mac & cheese and frosted flakes for the poor families.
Merry Crispness

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Dec 23, 2010
 
Nancy Stardust wrote:
Taxes paid by highest incomes
The top 1% pay 22.7% of taxes.
The top 10% pay 50% of taxes.
The top 20% pay 65.3% of taxes.
The top 40% pay 84.3% of taxes.
Taxes paid by lowest incomes
The bottom 20% pay 1.1% of taxes.
The bottom 40% pay 6.1% of taxes.
http://constitutionalconservative.wordpress.c...
This reflects the extremely skewed distribution of wealth in this country after years of class warfare & wealth redistribution by the Reagans & the Bushes.

And the moment anyone speaks of redistributing any of that wealth more evenly again, the rich whip up the ignorant mobs screaming "socialism!"
mike mulligan

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Dec 23, 2010
 
(about 2002)

I took care of this severely Down's syndrome 16 year old child at a facility for over a year. Took care of a lot of different disabilities, autistic being the most. I took care of him in the last day of his life...he died of a medical mistake. He couldn't speak a word. It is more about us than his capabilities.

I was sent up to this facility to save this child. A group of mothers wanted me to go clean the clocks of this place because they worried about somebody getting hurt. I never thought I'd be the one getting hurt.

We had a pretty serious condition with our child when young...I talked about our troubles to this mother as a means to make her feel better about her situation. We got to be pretty good friends before it was over.

This is how David got to the facility. The father was having difficulties accepting his son's disabilities...he was getting more depressed as time went on. The mother went out to the supermarket leaving David and the father behind in the house...she was spinning down into depression also. She came back in a few hours, she found David playing in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. It was his fathers blood. He was on the floor. He had shot himself in the head in front of his child. I believe the kid was 5 or 6 or 7.

That is how kids in up in facilities like that...it is not dependant on their disabilities.
ignorance

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Dec 23, 2010
 
What is wrong with you people? This is about how kids banned together to do something positive and good for their fellow man and you turn it into VY crap. So what if Larry Smith started the program GOOD FOR HIM, it's a positive achievement to help many.
Get over VY, God just bury it and grow up.
You all took a good thing that these kids did and trashed it, and you wonder what is wrong with kids today. It's people like you who destroy dreams. All they wanted to do was help people and isn't that what this season is about? I hope you don't have children, it is sad to think they would grow up with your ignorance.

You did a great job kids and I for one am very proud of all of you.
Nancy Stardust

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Dec 24, 2010
 
Merry Crispness wrote:
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This reflects the extremely skewed distribution of wealth in this country after years of class warfare & wealth redistribution by the Reagans & the Bushes.
And the moment anyone speaks of redistributing any of that wealth more evenly again, the rich whip up the ignorant mobs screaming "socialism!"
Oh really now?
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.asp...

http://www.globalenvision.org/library/12/122
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Dec 24, 2010
 
That is the whole point, it about your dreams. Not helping the vulnerable.
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Dec 24, 2010
 
mike mulligan wrote:
That is the whole point, it about your dreams. Not helping the vulnerable.
Those with money have the means to help the most. Your handout is important it feeds a man for a day, foundations feed thousands for years.
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Dec 24, 2010
 
ignorance wrote:
What is wrong with you people? This is about how kids banned together to do something positive and good for their fellow man and you turn it into VY crap. So what if Larry Smith started the program GOOD FOR HIM, it's a positive achievement to help many.
Get over VY, God just bury it and grow up.
You all took a good thing that these kids did and trashed it, and you wonder what is wrong with kids today. It's people like you who destroy dreams. All they wanted to do was help people and isn't that what this season is about? I hope you don't have children, it is sad to think they would grow up with your ignorance.
You did a great job kids and I for one am very proud of all of you.
Well Miss Ignorance, you might not like it, but the portion of my story about the complaints over what I had donated, occurred at VES about six years ago.

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