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The Value of Work and Labor Day

Jacqui9 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 9:42 AM
The hours cited are what those involved in agriculture still work, if not more. Any person who has to grow their own food or is responsible for the life and well being of livestock develops a work ethic far different from a worker who can hide laziness for months or even years in other careers. Work isn't a bad thing, work was made for humans, not the other way around. When people have nothing to do, trouble follows. Observe any country with high unemployment.
The mistake the TEA Party made in Kansas is they put forth a candidate who knew NOTHING about agriculture against a Senator who has more pull in ag related issues than anyone else in Washington. Kansas' TEA Party Representative Tim Huelskamp was thrown off the House Ag Committee and electing Dr. Wolf would have left the Wheat State with NO ag representation in either chamber of Congress. If the TEA Party is serious about getting elected they had better do their homework and learn what long term historical issues drive the states and the districts they wish to represent and put forth candidates who can at least converse intelligently about those issues. Dr. Wolf was astoundingly ignorant in regard to agriculture including such issues as EPA infringement, private property rights, and oil production.
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By Food Stamps Alone

Jacqui9 Wrote: Dec 24, 2013 9:08 AM
When my husband left our family and dropped out of sight to avoid childsupport, I had to apply for benefits. I went to college pulling 17 hours a semester and working 40 hours a week nights and weekends while raising 3 kids. It wasn't easy, as my income rose my benefits dropped off and within 5 years I landed a job that paid enough to drop all benefits. Now, each year beginning in August, I see school supply drives followed by food collections for the food pantry then coat and mitten drives. There are Christmas trees decorated with paper angels or teddy bears "names" of kids who want XBoxes and Air Jordans from somebody. Then it's time to restock school supplies and collect new socks and underwear. During the summer, schools provide lunches for needy children as they are not being fed since school is out for summer. All that in addition to the $$ and food stamps, help with heating bills, babysitting, tuition, medicade, WIC, Obama phones, ad infinium ad nauseum. I've had enough, I used to participate but rarely do now. If I see a struggling family, I contact the local ministerial alliance and give thru them but not the way I used to.
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Farms Too Tough for the Kids

Jacqui9 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 10:15 AM
I first heard of this last fall, they issued the new regulations during fall harvest with the comment period ending before most of us would be finished in the fields. With the help of the 4-H and FFA members and parents in addition to everybody else we could get to respond we flooded our farm senators and representatives and several responded by pressuring the Labor Department to extend the comment period which they did....until January. We kept the pressure on and now we are here, welcome to the party.
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