Within our community, we have the ability to notice if our schools have equal or comparable resources, not just in the city, but in our outlining areas. We can volunteer to create care options to reduce burdens on families, while also creating drug offender programs that allow individuals to remain in their homes, they can [...]

Within our community, we have the ability to notice if our schools have equal or comparable resources, not just in the city, but in our outlining areas. We can volunteer to create care options to reduce burdens on families, while also creating drug offender programs that allow individuals to remain in their homes, they can show up everyday with a lunch pail and work on job sites, paying their wages to the community while participating in activities to make them and their families heal and develop. We can have tax incentives that allow businesses to fund outreach as part of social initiatives to create jobs for those who need a second chance. We can educate ourselves on the plight of our neighbors and create classrooms that offer different environments so youth who arrive at school emotionally spent can recover enough to learn. We can care not only when their is an emergency, but when our lives are fine and we have space and thought to recognize someone else needs help. We can understand business and commerce need educated conversation and not emotional standoffs.

We have to understand, sometimes a standoff is all a person feels they have. We have to realize pushing people against walls can create fear and fight.

We also have to reopen discussion about what have and have not is, our burden of working and middle class has left them stuck with paying for services for others they cannot have themselves; insurance should be available to all but a plan that doesn't just favor corporations has to happen. None of us can pay our health insurance and that is wrong. Everyone has to contribute or the burden only falls to some.

We can only carry so much before the legs that are working, break.

We need to understand the difference between those who are trying and need much more help than they are getting, and better coordinated help, including those who may need some alterations in   work environment and could work/want too work, and the very small but very there group for whom the system is simply that. And we have to have the real front lines of those fields in the conversation, the people themselves. Because I have met many who are the front lines that work very hard and have a very clear idea of where the failures are and who is just using the system. Their viewpoint is priceless in this conversation and over time saves money, creates better support programs, and interrupts that cycle.

We have to stop doing studies and have real nuts and bolts problem solving work.

We must create business owners who have a wider vision of how to treat their employees, we have created a format for relationship that for many, feels as if they have no room to take care of home, life and personal, their only existence is work. This destroys people, whether individual or groups.

We have to realize working should provide a basic standard of care that goes beyond barely making it.

We have to reexamine how we provide help, how one qualifies and uses public assistance, and how to approach issues such as family planning when one is irresponsible or incapable of providing safety and well being to the families they create. We have  to be willing to  explore conversations with some common sense, but while being aware of the fine lines between life, liberty and pursuit of happiness

We cannot villainize one another.

We have created a mess, we are screaming for someone to clean it up, but it is us. we have too.

 

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