To the Daily Sun,
I would like to comment on the letter by the Gilford resident in Thursday, Aug. 6's, edition. In her letter she seemed to be annoyed by those who think able-bodied people should work for their living, and not be a burden on others. She said churches "pick and choose their favorites to help" leaving others, like her, to fend for themselves. How has she been left to fend for herself, when she said she receives SSDI benefits to help support her?
How about saying thank you, ma'am, to all the people, like my family, who go to work and help you survive? They pay the taxes that make it possible for you and others to live on those benefits. They struggle daily to pay the bills with what's left of their wages after the government takes its share to help the needy like you. How many people work low paying part-time jobs, only to be laid off when the business fails, or the boss finds someone else who will work for less money? Who will help them? Who cares when they can't find enough jobs to live on, and they struggle to keep their car, or a place to live?
I don't know your circumstances; maybe you really need the SSDI benefits. Just don't sit there and criticize those who are working hard to live, and are doing what they can to contribute to their churches to help others. Churches are not bottomless wells of money; they do need to set limits so that funds go to those most in need. They depend on donations from their members, yes, and we should give thanks to God that parishioners give generously when they can. Many also give their talents and their time to help, not just their money. Doesn't that count for something?
Jesus really did feed 5,000 people, by the way, but he only did it after someone brought to him those few loaves of bread and fishes. That's how God works. He asks us to give what we have, and then he makes it grow into blessings for all. Why not see what you have to give, and give a little in return for all that you have received?
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