QUESTION #1: I heard a radio program of interviews with survivors of the San Bernardino shootings. They are very badly injured; one had 20 surgeries in 30 days. Some have lost the use of an arm, some are getting psychological therapy, many need physical therapy.. My question is this: THEY ARE SUING THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO. IS SAN BERNARDINO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INJURIES? IF YOU THINK SO, IS IT BECAUSE MOST WERE SAN BERNARDINO EMPLOYEES? BASICALLY; MY QUESTION IS …IF YOU ARE UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO BE HURT IN A TERROR ATTACK, INCLUDING 9/11, IS IT THE CITY OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT MUST PAY ALL YOUR BILLS? AND WHY?
QUESTION #2: I just got back from the grocery store. In line in front of me were two heavy-set immigrant women and a little boy. I believe one was the mother, no wedding ring, the other might have been her mother. It was taking forever so I finally focused in on what was going on. The older woman had a check and I realized this was a welfare check; food stamp check. They tried to buy all sorts of things but the check-out girl would say “it needs to be whole grain, like oatmeal,” (actually, the sentence was in Spanish and the only English word was ‘oatmeal,’) so the younger woman would dash off to find something else they liked that was whole grain. They tried to buy cranberry juice but that’s not okay. They tried to buy a very large box of ice cream cones but that wasn’t okay. As I stood there, I watched as the conversations ensued and the young woman dashed off to buy things acceptable to our government. Finally, they got what they wanted; the check-out girl was happy, Uncle Sam was happy….it was then that the older woman whipped out her credit card and paid for the cranberry juice and the ice cream. SO, I wondered about having the ability to pay on a credit card but getting food stamps. Am I just being grouchy because I’ve just come back from the store and they took at least 20 minutes doing this “what can we buy on the government?” shtick (Sunday afternoon is when I’m writing this) or is it perfectly normal for folks to have credit cards and food stamps? On the other hand, I thanked God it wasn’t me needing government help at this point and praised God they were being fed. But a CREDIT CARD, TOO?
Please let’s talk about both these things! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
My sister put this on her Facebook page and I thought I’d share it:
I HATE IT WHEN I THINK I’M BUYING ORGANIC VEGETABLES, BUT WHEN I GET HOME THEY’RE JUST REGULAR DONUTS.
My own addition to that is; I HATE IT WHEN I TAKE FOOD HOME FROM DINNER AT A RESTAURANT AND WHEN I OPEN IT FOR LUNCH THE NEXT DAY THE STYROFOAM BOX HAS SHRUNKEN THE FOOD! (I swear that happens!!!)
Happy Monday! Z