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Until we don’t have it

August 6, 2013

People don’t know what they have until they don’t have it. Fire, floods, all terrible losses....

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Tgrammiex4

Aug-06-13 5:21 AM

Luck has nothing to do with it.I do thank God for my life and health ,that I was able to work d a m n hard to provide a roof over my family's heads and meet all our needs.

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Premier

Aug-06-13 6:17 AM

All good thoughts Donna but I do have a question. All those things you listed from days of yore would be illegal today for the most part.

Where would you dump the gray water from the wringer? On the ground? Can't raise and slaughter pigs if your not in an agricultural zone. And your not going to get many meals from those 2 turkeys per year and the seasonal harvest limit on deer.

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MrShaman

Aug-06-13 6:19 AM

"If you're that lucky to have a nice home, count your blessings and God."

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It's always (somewhat) amusing when such a simple sentiment elicits all o' the venom (from those "boot-strap"/John Wayne fans)...who are (more-often-than-not) one lay-off away from gradually losing everything.

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Capricorn1

Aug-06-13 6:36 AM

Shaman, where's your venom towards the fact that she's mentioning God? That's usually part of your daily diatribe.

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Tgrammiex4

Aug-06-13 6:45 AM

As usual Mr. Shaman, you missed the point. There are those who work and pecievere<sp> through the rough spots, and those that sit and wait for everything to fall out of the sky for them. Yes, many of us are one lay off or flood away from homelessness (done both a couple of times)but most of us do grab those "bootstraps" you speak of and do what we have to to move on. No luck involved.

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Capricorn1

Aug-06-13 6:50 AM

Exactly tgrammie, and many work two or three jobs, part time if need be, instead of sitting around waiting on handouts.

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VinceKnauff

Aug-06-13 7:42 AM

I don't think Donna used the word "luck" to mean that no effort is required for that nice house. I think she said it to show that lots of people put in great effort to succeed and some do it better than others. I think you all are over-reacting to one word and losing sight of her greater meaning here.

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spike2

Aug-06-13 7:47 AM

I agree with Vince. i think her point is only that life is easier today, not that many people work any less. She also was explaining that all homelessness or temporary homelessness is not necessarily tied to laziness.

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GoBB62

Aug-06-13 8:06 AM

"It's always (somewhat) amusing when such a simple sentiment elicits all o' the venom (from those "boot-strap"/John Wayne fans)" -sham

You must mean those honorable, hard-working people working to hang on to their job in this lousy economy & a roof over their family's heads & food in their bellies.

I know that's something beyond the comprehension of a mealy-mouthed left-wing keyboard commando.

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Tgrammiex4

Aug-06-13 8:17 AM

Point taken Vince & Spike.I do have compassion & empathy for those who have lost thier homes due to job loss.I know jobs are hard to come by these days, much less a good paying one.These days I think flexibility and inginuity is key.I was raised by a prideful ,short portuegese carpenter ( my g-pa) my Gram (housewife) and my Mom (sewing factory)When G-pa's work would slow down, he would make furniture (it was gorgeous) and sell it at the swap meet. When Mom's work would slow down she made Barbie doll clothes and sold them at the swap meet.They always had back up plans and did whatever it took to provide.Many these days have to look beyond the job market and be creative to survive.

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CMReeder

Aug-06-13 8:47 AM

You all put way more into the letter than was presented in the letter.

People do not appreciate how well they have it compared to their grandparents. While both generations do basically the same chores, today those chores and tasks are way less onerous than in our grandparents time. We have better technology, health, food, tools, employment.

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enigma

Aug-06-13 10:21 AM

I think that I agree with the writer, but it's hard to tell because it's so poorly written. People do have it better than ever before, but they whine more than ever.

Those who want to discount luck and take credit for everything, need to take a deep breath. I have no doubt that you've worked for what you have and that's great, but you had nothing to do with the time and place of your birth. Had you been born in the 1700s on the slave coast, you might have been brought to America and worked your @$$ off 7 days a week and still had nothing. There is some luck involved. You were also born with certain abilities that enable you to earn a living. Yes you may have worked to develop those abilities, and again, good for you, but thanking God (or mother nature if you are a soulless atheist) for your good fortune is certainly in order.

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Ritty77

Aug-06-13 1:38 PM

Yes, I think the writer uses "lucky" to replace "able to afford."

A pretty good letter from Ms. Lambert.

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MrShaman

Aug-07-13 6:42 AM

"Shaman, where's your venom towards the fact that she's mentioning God? That's usually part of your daily diatribe." - Capricorn1

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"...count your blessings and God." doesn't (quite) sound like an endorsement for a Theocracy, to me.

People are entitled to believe in whichever phantoms they prefer...as-long-as they're not insisting-upon legislation, resultant OF "conversations" with said phantom.

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MrShaman

Aug-07-13 6:51 AM

"She also was explaining that all homelessness or temporary homelessness is not necessarily tied to laziness." - spike2

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BINGO!!!!!

I'm sure there are PLENTY of people, out there, who'd ASSUMED they'd be fairly-compensated for all their effort (in whichever career they'd chosen)...only to be laid-off...to ensure sufficient boun$-buck$ for those business-managers who'd "arranged" those lay-offs.

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MrShaman

Aug-07-13 6:56 AM

"It's always (somewhat) amusing when such a simple sentiment elicits all o' the venom (from those "boot-strap"/John Wayne fans)" -sham

You must mean those honorable, hard-working people working to hang on to their job in this lousy economy & a roof over their family's heads & food in their bellies." - GoBB62

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You mean...of course...those folks who are ALLOWED to "hang on to their job".

You (actually) believe working, for someone-else, GUARANTEES your future-plans??????

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