I plead Not Guilty to these charges by the UN.
The homeless in our county aren't arrested, they are offered shelter at one of a couple of shelters. During the winter months they are offered
shelter at various "warming centers", mostly churches, that open their community rooms. I've served on committees to help get these shelters in
place and have donated funds and goods to help get them up and running.
Our county and most counties around us have very active Habitat for Humanity chapters that build homes for needy folks and repair homes for those who
own their homes but can't afford repairs. I've helped build and repair many homes and have sat on the Board of Directors for Habitat.
Our food banks supply food to the needy. An agency called "Needline" provides food, helps with electric and gas bills in winter, provides fans and
air conditioners in summer. I donate to that agency on a regular basis. At least seven churches in town have food banks as well.
We have a free clinic for people who don't qualify for Medicaid but don't have health insurance. I helped to get that set up in 1999 and to
establish a thrift store which finances the free clinic in 2001. They get my donations as well.
All of these missions to help the needy are community-driven, not government-driven. The city and county government donate funds and surplus
furniture from time to time to the Needline facility and have provided office space but that is their only involvement.
Why do I spent the equivalent of a part-time job doing these things? Because I know that but for the Grace of God and my blessed parents, there go I.
I had parents that taught me to give to those less fortunate. They encouraged me to go to school, they paid my way through college so I could have a
profession that would support me. When I got rid of the bum I'd married, I was a single mom and it was a tough road for a few years, working up to
three jobs. During that period I had nothing to give to those who were in need. Now my circumstances have changed and helping others makes me happy.
Putting the organizational skills I've learned over the years to work to help others seems a small payback for the love and support I've always
received from my community.
I honestly believe that if I didn't do all within my power to help in trying to solve the problems of the community I would be a miserable individual
I'm not responsible for what the Federal government does. I voted for only one of the federal representatives who claim to represent me. If it were
up to me, I'd throw every last one of them out and hold a lottery, draw names out of the phone book to run the government before I'd vote for a
party hack. I think we would have far fewer crooks and a budget surplus in less than 4 years. It might not happen but I honestly don't see how we
could be worse off.
I'm climbing down from my soapbox now....