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Batesville, USA

Batesville, USA

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:30 am
By: By Sabrina Bates, Chief Staff Writer

We seem to sit idly by and watch as the economy continues to spiral. One thing that I know for certain is people without money continue to lack money. We are finding it more and more difficult just to provide essential needs for the home or for our children. I am not here to say the rich are getting richer because I honestly do not think that statement is true. It is a trickle effect. Those who have some money would go out and spend, not lavishly, but they would buy things that weren’t considered necessary. That is what has kept money into the bank accounts of corporate America. Now, that money seems to be dwindling as people continue to cut costs on non-necessity items. I watch as small businesses struggle more each day because their consumers are running short on cash. What concerns me are those who are finding it harder to make ends meet. The last two weeks, we have mentioned how the cost of utilities and services are increasing for taxpayers. Budget cuts have been made on state and federal levels so much that programs are being tossed out the window. With recent job losses in this region and speculation that production will cease during the month of December at another regional manufacturing facility, one can only wonder how people will be impacted. The less money workers have, the less money those who are impoverished have. I have to admit I am an advocate for the giving to others who have less than I do. I know some people may disagree with that philosophy, but this was instilled into my core growing up as I watched my parents spread their generosity. I learned early on that one doesn’t have to be rich to share his or her wealth with others. But I worry if people who are able to share each year to let others know they are thought of will be able to spread the wealth this year. The change collection jars that are spread throughout grocery and convenience stores are becoming commonplace. The donation lists for many needed programs within the county are growing longer each month. The list of programs faced with budget cuts seems to expand wider each year. To be brutally honest, there is no money. As the money diminishes from households, people grow bitter and angry. It becomes a trickle effect. Families suffer as financial stress adds to the growing fear of wage loss or utility cuts. Fortunately there are people out there that continue to give whether time or money to keep programs alive, even if it may be for just one more year. There are still Lottie Coopers of the world who will invoke the generosity of others to not just admire what she does, but to be a part of what she does. There will be inspirations from others who want to create benefits for Lottie Cooper so that she, in turn, can continue to provide items at Christmas for needy children. There will be gate collections at local plants to raise money for a child afflicted with a chromosomal disorder to gain expensive, but proven medical treatment, several states away. There will continue to be the Pam Goodrums of the world who spend every Thanksgiving preparing and delivering meals to needy families so that they can know what it’s like to enjoy a Thanksgiving mea with all the trimmings. There will continue to be men and women at Goodyear who will put money into the pot at Christmas to help hundreds of families during the holidays with shopping sprees for groceries, clothes and toys. But when those workers become taxed financially, they will add to the list of needy and impoverished. So many families have suffered due to price increases on items of necessity including utilities. Unfortunately, the nation’s economic woes have seen its resulting impact on a level that hits too close to home. While I tend to be optimistic, the future seems dim for many. Corporations are lining up to add to the growing list of companies requesting federal bailout funds. States have announced their unemployment funds are in depletion, while those seeking jobs grow in numbers. My hope is that our legislators are paying attention to what’s going on in their districts. If they cannot stand to live on a minimum wage salary, then they cannot relate to us. If they do not know what it’s like to put off a house payment because their vehicle had to go into the shop to be repaired, they cannot relate to me. If they have never had to eat Ramen noodles to get by through the week, they are out of touch. Remember that when you head off to the polls and cast your ballot if you haven’t done so. We not only need a President, Congressmen and Senators, we need representation. WCP 10.30.08

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