I've heard my parents talk about the Great Depression. As a child, I never understood why it was called "great." It never seemed that great.
I've heard the stories about food rations. I heard about how it brought communities together. And now I hear that as a country, we are going to pot.
During my childhood, those stories seemed so distant and nothing more than the way things used to be. But now, as I struggle to make ends meet for my own family, I'm reminded of the times in which many of our grandparents were raised.
As we sink into this modern-day depression, I sure wish I would've taken more notice on how my grandparents made ends meet.
There seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel. We are faced with decisions such as a gallon of milk or a gallon of gas; cell phone or cable; electricity or rent.
Employers are struggling to make payroll. And those still fortunate enough to call themselves employees are struggling to live from one paycheck to another.
Because we are all aware that the job market is bleak, we dare not complain about wages that are gone as soon as earned. We know that there is somebody more than willing to take the job we are fortunate enough to have.
So, how does one get ahead? How can we start to feel at ease? When does the comfort in knowing that having a job means having a roof over your family's head return?
I suppose, we, nor anyone else, knows the answer to that question. But we can't, as a community, start turning on each other. We can't start robbing and stealing from someone who is struggling, as well. We have to start doing for each other.
A pinch of kindness and a smile can go a long way.
Drivers, be careful
Please, drivers, do not take your eyes off the road while you drive.
With everyone in such a hurry or full of stress lately, it only takes a split second for you to accidentally run a light or sign, or someone else not seeing you coming because they reached over to tune the radio or something, and your whole day and possibly your world can change in a moment with an accident.
This happened to me recently and although I was not hurt, my car is now in the shop getting fixed, and all it took was a quick, momentary distraction. Then, I had a big dent in the door.
There are so many ways we can lose our focus with driving: texting, phone conversations, tuning radios, reaching on the floor for something, putting makeup on or even eating.
Be careful out there, everyone, and keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel for your own protection. I could have been paralyzed for life.
This is about the seatbelt law. We should all make our own choices. If you get hurt while you don't wear it, oh well. We are all adults. But there is a dummy on a motorcycle without a helmet flying down the road, and nobody does anything about that. Why don't they change that law?
On food stamps
I see people in stores with nice clothes and fancy cars, yet are buying steaks and lobsters with food stamps. My husband and I are living on $17,000 a year Social Security. I have bills I can't pay. I'm afraid that my lights or water are going to be turned off. We were turned down for food stamps. People who have fought for this country can't get them, but those who haven't been here long can.
Watering the road?
I drive to work every morning on A1A and there are sprinklers that shoot right into the road. Why are we watering the pavement?
Health care dilemma
One of the leading advocates of a government takeover of the nation's health care admits that, "We are the world leaders in medical innovation, research, education and advanced technology" and that we provide the best medical care in the world.
However, she then proceeds to argue that we still must assume massive debt in attempt to change it for the better.
If we are already the world leader, this sounds like throwing out the baby with the bath water.
What about the victims?
At a time when this nation is experiencing a wave of crime, often committed by illegal immigrants, a far left group called the Sentencing Project has come out with a recommendation to abolish life without parole. These do-gooders who have so much sympathy for criminals seem to have little concern for those of us who are law-abiding citizens and who are so often the victims of crime.
I have a son who's incarcerated in Miami. He was sentenced to 27 years. He had no weapons or drugs. It was a racketeering charge. He has filed motions to have his sentence reduced, but they've done nothing. He doesn't deserve this sentence. But they've done nothing. I'm very disturbed by the system.
No kids at the bar
What happened to the state laws on alcohol? Aren't they supposed to be watching what goes on at places that serve alcohol?
I was at a restaurant and there was a child at the bar. They serve food to children while others drink. Where are the MADD mothers?
DCF needs to get it together
I have reported abuse to the Department of Families and Children and they are doing nothing about it. They need to do their job and take care of the children. They don't understand the psychological abuse that a child goes through when they are in an abusive home. Nobody seems to care about these innocent children who have to fend for themselves. I hope somebody from the department sees this rant and does something about it.