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Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow were all at the 14th annual Dream Builders’ Bash to help raise funds in support of the Homeless Solutions shelter in Morristown. (Contributed photo)
Nicholas Robert Homyak April 5, 2014 at 08:57 am
Unregulated Capitalism is ruining America giving the bum a dime will not suffice for economic andRead More environmental justice. Although plenty of work can be had cleaning up our polluted and litter landscapes the corporate private agenda will not allow it. Why has Governor Christie suspended Council on affordable Housing Mandates? We are a fallen people who stupidly do not realize it. Our system cheats the masses it is now in our time of human evolution, called progress in which it is either capitalism or the end of the world. Our system has obviously been hijacked by big money and private interest our politic stands opposed to the nation. The quicker we the people die the better then then rich can spend our social security. We are two nations one private the other ordinary people, a house divided, we may have well not have had a civil war. Government of, for by the people no longer exists. We have been duped by our own privileged class, the fairy tale of the individual and how we all can be like him/her, selfish, greedy, uncaring and yes patriotic and we abandon America in pursuit of more profit.
Selene April 7, 2014 at 01:02 pm
I totally agree with your post, now let's do something about it. dead weight like FrelinghuysenRead More sit in Congress for years doing NOTHING for the middle class and contribute to the EVER INCREASING wealth of the 1%!!!! VOTE in November for MARK DUNEC. Vote ALL the incumbents OUT! Make it harder for DC to be bought and sold by the the corporations and the Koch brothers.
Julia Meguro and Ally Marino with Kathy Marino supervising.
ChangeInChester July 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm
The questions posed were not intended as an assault on the food pantry, on its clients nor itsRead More volunteers. As a community, we are constantly asked to donate to this pantry. As a community member, I am happy to help provide for those in our community who are in legitimate need. I know many others feel the same. When people feel comfortable with the organization asking for donations and for the cause it serves, they are usually only too happy to help. We have a giving community but donations always seem to be in short supply here. The caretakers of the food pantry should ask why? Are there more clients or are donations declining or both? If donations are not as robust as in the past, then why? Is the food pantry a registered non profit and if not, then maybe becoming one might help with donations. Is the food pantry properly registered with county and/or state agencies and if not, then maybe doing so would elevate its credibility to the community. To Barbara's point, if there is transparency, there is trust; if there is trust, it should lead to greater and more consistent donations. It's unfortunate that my questions "hit a nerve" with the Councilwoman. That was not the intended purpose. They are legitimate and any charitable organization asking for resources should be able to respond to donor questions in a non-threatened manner. Any charitable organization constantly asking the community for donations should be only too happy to do anything it takes to promote trust and goodwill among its pool of donors.
Ellen July 15, 2013 at 12:16 am
This just happened to be in our Church's bulletin today: "'Who is my neighbor' the scholarRead More asked Jesus. If he'd asked me, I'd have answered, 'A neighbor watches your house while you're tending to a loved one in the hospital. A neighbor cares for your baby while you get emergency medicine. A neighbor comes over at 10 pm to investigate why your water is off.' That fits with Jesus' answer: 'the one who treated the injured man with mercy.' When we're on mercy's receiving end, the provider doesn't much matter-we're just glad to receive it... Then why are we sometimes stingy, judgmental, or discriminating against those in need of mercy? We'd like to think we're the Good Samaritan, merciful even to someone we dislike. But, if we're honest, we'd admit we're often the priest or the Levite, not just passing by someone in need, but going out of our way to "pass on the opposite side..." When we're in need of mercy, we accept it without complaint no matter who it comes from. May we be generous in our mercy without determining whether someone is worthy of it. For God has showered mercy on us and we, as sinners, are undeserving of such grace. If God is so generous to us, who are we to withhold mercy from others?" (Liguori Sunday Bulletin) I agree that for tax-payer-funded programs such as WIC it makes sense to require recipients to meet some sort of criteria. After all, whether or not I personally choose to support a particular program, my tax dollars are funding it. But the Chester Food Pantry is completely voluntary. People who need our help don't have to "prove" they have a certain income, or are in this country legally. If a person is hungry, I would not deny them food simply because they did not follow the proper channels to come here. If you choose not to support the Chester Food Pantry, that is your prerogative. Others of us choose to be "the Samaritan" and help any of our brothers and sisters who are in need.
Noreen Staples July 15, 2013 at 07:50 am
@Ellen, well said, thank you. Please also note that this food pantry supplies Meels on Wheels in theRead More Mendhams with food for their clientele also.