Turkey, Long Island, groceries, food,...

Turkey, Long Island, groceries, food, pantries, charities, hung...

There are 15 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 22, 2008, titled Turkey, Long Island, groceries, food, pantries, charities, hung.... In it, Newsday reports that:

While the tough economy has hurt Long Island 's middle class through shrunken 401 s, lost jobs and depleted home values, it's striking the poor hardest at the dinner table.

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the truth

Copiague, NY

#1 Nov 22, 2008
Wow, that's sad.
If you can count yourself lucky enough to have more than you need, why not donate some food for people who are really struggling? Whether its a mere can of peas or a couple of turkeys, the need is obviously there.
Katie

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Nov 22, 2008
Some people who keep giving are tired of being called names and sterotyped by the likes of the Phony Rev. Ramirez.People like him should Keep their Trap shut more often. He is a racist rable maker, and he only Hurts the poor by his divisivness.Yes,we also get tired of being demonized
Diane Hartegrew

Nyack, NY

#3 Nov 23, 2008
Katie wrote:
Some people who keep giving are tired of being called names and sterotyped by the likes of the Phony Rev. Ramirez.People like him should Keep their Trap shut more often. He is a racist rable maker, and he only Hurts the poor by his divisivness.Yes,we also get tired of being demonized
Katie's words are sad but true. Alan Ramirez, Phil Ramos, Luis Valenzuela, Nadia Morin, and Lisa Votina have spent the past two weeks calling me racist and discriminatory even as I donate food and clothing and serve meals without questioning those to whom I serve them. Why do they call me names? Because I believe that those who enter the country should do so legally. I keep giving and I keep serving but I wonder if I'm foolish to do so because the churches and church groups I go to and give through seem to be joining with Ramirez, Ramos, et al. to condemn me.
Show me they are legal

Highland, NY

#4 Nov 23, 2008
If they are legal, show me the proof and I'll pay for their entire thanksgiving dinner, Otherwise, take the next Bus home to your homeland.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#5 Nov 23, 2008
Where's my free Thanksgiving meal? Who puts food on my table? ME, with the paycheck I earn at my JOB.

Leave the middle class alone. We have enough to worry about besides feeding losers who don't want to work.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#6 Nov 23, 2008
the truth wrote:
Wow, that's sad.
If you can count yourself lucky enough to have more than you need, why not donate some food for people who are really struggling? Whether its a mere can of peas or a couple of turkeys, the need is obviously there.
Why not? Because I go to work EVERY DAY to earn money so I can feed myself. Why can't others? Here's an idea: stop squeezing out kids you can't afford, go out and get a job, and stop raping my paycheck.
Dale

Stockton, CA

#7 Nov 23, 2008
Gee, now what am I gonna do?

Their 401Ks are shrunken?? Wow. scarey.
Dale

Stockton, CA

#8 Nov 23, 2008
the truth wrote:
Wow, that's sad.
If you can count yourself lucky enough to have more than you need, why not donate some food for people who are really struggling? Whether its a mere can of peas or a couple of turkeys, the need is obviously there.


Are you sure about that? Think about it.

What are you teaching people really?

You are teaching people that white people work their behinds off.

And black and latino people get free food from the labor of white people.

So, in effect, white people are the slaves of black and latino people.

THINK for a change. WHAT have we created?

GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Don't just have a knee jerk reaction.
Dale

Stockton, CA

#9 Nov 23, 2008
Katie wrote:
Some people who keep giving are tired of being called names and sterotyped by the likes of the Phony Rev. Ramirez.People like him should Keep their Trap shut more often. He is a racist rable maker, and he only Hurts the poor by his divisivness.Yes,we also get tired of being demonized
You are right on the money Katie. We give and give and what do we get for it? A KICK IN THE YOU KNOW WHAT!

We get called RACIST for our efforts and SACRIFICES. OUTRAGE!!!

ENOUGH!!
Dale

Stockton, CA

#10 Nov 23, 2008
Diane Hartegrew wrote:
<quoted text>
Katie's words are sad but true. Alan Ramirez, Phil Ramos, Luis Valenzuela, Nadia Morin, and Lisa Votina have spent the past two weeks calling me racist and discriminatory even as I donate food and clothing and serve meals without questioning those to whom I serve them. Why do they call me names? Because I believe that those who enter the country should do so legally. I keep giving and I keep serving but I wonder if I'm foolish to do so because the churches and church groups I go to and give through seem to be joining with Ramirez, Ramos, et al. to condemn me.
Ms. Hartegrew, don't let these insane hypocrites get to you.
the truth

Copiague, NY

#11 Nov 23, 2008
Dale wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you sure about that? Think about it.
What are you teaching people really?
You are teaching people that white people work their behinds off.
And black and latino people get free food from the labor of white people.
So, in effect, white people are the slaves of black and latino people.
THINK for a change. WHAT have we created?
GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
Don't just have a knee jerk reaction.
Are you insane? What does this have to do with color?
This has to do with hungry people who have no food.
Open your eyes and look around. People are struggling.
Go to any stores, do you? Pay for your purchases via a cashier do you? Chances are he or she works their butts off 40 + hours a week and doesn't earn enough for rent, utilities and food. Many hard working people are one serious illness away from financial disaster.
Seniors on fixed income and the disabled are having a very hard time.
People are struggling. I don't care what color they are.
You would begrudge a hungry person a meal? Or even a lousy can of peas?

What lesson are we teaching the poor and hungry when we donate food so that they don't go hungry? We are teaching them that if they are down on their luck, there are decent caring people ready to extend a helping hand.

You are a cold heartless person indeed if you would rather see a child of any skin color go hungry in case it gets the idea that the turkey and the stuffing it gets on Thanksgiving means someone will feed him/her every day.
Believe me, if these people are so poor they haven't got enough to eat, they already get the message that they are disposable to society.

Shame on you for being so selfish and for bringing your racist nonsense into this.
the truth

Copiague, NY

#12 Nov 23, 2008
Dale wrote:
<quoted text>
You are right on the money Katie. We give and give and what do we get for it? A KICK IN THE YOU KNOW WHAT!
We get called RACIST for our efforts and SACRIFICES. OUTRAGE!!!
ENOUGH!!
Dale, that crap about white people working and blacks and latinos get all the donated food is RACIST.
If you say racist things, expect to be called a racist.
the truth

Copiague, NY

#13 Nov 23, 2008
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
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Why not? Because I go to work EVERY DAY to earn money so I can feed myself. Why can't others? Here's an idea: stop squeezing out kids you can't afford, go out and get a job, and stop raping my paycheck.
I have a job, I have no kids, and have no interest in "raping" your paycheck. But you know what? I have more than enough. And I choose to share with those who have less because its the right thing to do. No man is an island. None of us live in a vacuum. Bright as you are slappy, when you were born you just layed there. You didn't know how to walk or talk. And someone helped you. We all need help sometimes. Great for you that right now you don't. I pray that you never do. It would be awesome if you were self-sustaining your whole life.

And Slappy, if you were hit with a catastrophic illness, if you lost your job, if you were in an accident and could not work, i would be happy to help you pay for a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, veggies, a nice pie, etc for your thanksgiving,
No one is suggesting your paycheck should be garnished. But if you have more than you need, if you find yourself in the position that there's very little that you could not buy if you wanted it, let alone needed it,
then i would hope that you would have compassion for people in truly dire straits, and pick up a box of cheerios or spend a whopping 59cents on a can of corn.
Every little bit helps.

You can either help people in need, or you can say screw them.

I feel sorry for those of you who eagerly jump into the camp of the latter.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#14 Nov 24, 2008
the truth wrote:
<quoted text>
I have a job, I have no kids, and have no interest in "raping" your paycheck. But you know what? I have more than enough. And I choose to share with those who have less because its the right thing to do. No man is an island. None of us live in a vacuum. Bright as you are slappy, when you were born you just layed there. You didn't know how to walk or talk. And someone helped you. We all need help sometimes. Great for you that right now you don't. I pray that you never do. It would be awesome if you were self-sustaining your whole life.
And Slappy, if you were hit with a catastrophic illness, if you lost your job, if you were in an accident and could not work, i would be happy to help you pay for a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, veggies, a nice pie, etc for your thanksgiving,
No one is suggesting your paycheck should be garnished. But if you have more than you need, if you find yourself in the position that there's very little that you could not buy if you wanted it, let alone needed it,
then i would hope that you would have compassion for people in truly dire straits, and pick up a box of cheerios or spend a whopping 59cents on a can of corn.
Every little bit helps.
You can either help people in need, or you can say screw them.
I feel sorry for those of you who eagerly jump into the camp of the latter.
I understand the point you're trying to make; however, I pay enough in taxes to take care of the needy. It's not my problem if there isn't enough. I appreciate your offer of a warm meal should I be down on my luck, but rest assured, I've worked hard my entire life so that I won't be in that predicament. If I lost my job tomorrow, I'd be fine because I've saved and prepared for such an event. I also made sure to learn some marketable skills, so that if I did lose my day job, I could survive on my side business.

Opportunities are there for everyone; whether they choose to take them is up to them. I didn't grow up rich by any stretch of the imagination, and nobody can claim I've been handed anything. I've worked hard for everything I have, so it ticks me off to no end when people expect me to take care of them when they're down on their luck. It's not my fault the cashier in the grocery store makes $7 per hour and has 5 kids to feed. How about instead of warm meals we start passing out birth control instead? I'd gladly pay for that.

You're wrong about me not being compassionate, too. Every year I donate to the ASPCA.
I Have His Wallet

Hicksville, NY

#16 Nov 24, 2008
For years Runyon's in Seaford has been making in the vicinity of 700 or 800 Thanksgiving meals and delivering them to the homes of "poor" people. The meals are delivered by volunteers from Lions Club and other organizations. I have been told that most of these people have two cars in the driveway and are watching flat screen TVs and many of the recipients DO NOT SAY THANK YOU! when their meal is delivered!

Charity should be given from the heart and accepted from the heart. There is a whole societal group that will sit and do nothing but take, take, take. make sure that your donations from your hard earned wages are going where you want them to go!

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