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Because of the economy, have your charitable ways changed in any way?

Asked at The Lawrence Post Office, 645 Vermont on September 13, 2009

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Photo of Brian Hoffman

“Yes, they have. I give less.”

Photo of Lajuana St. Clare

“No, they haven’t changed too much. … I normally give a couple of dollars to people on the side of the road with signs.”

Photo of Deanna Dibble

“No, they’re about the same, but each year I might give to something different.”

Photo of Jake Deckert

“No, I’m a broke college student … but when the opportunity presents itself, I give what I can.”

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mom_of_three 4 years, 7 months ago

give what I can when I can, which is what I have always done. Adopt a family at christmas, put money in the red kettles, muscular dystrophy, cancer society, etc.
Probably not as much as we used to, but as much as we can.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 7 months ago

artichokeheart you sound just like Nero Wolfe.

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BABBOY 4 years, 7 months ago

Tom Shermon is a total jerk.

How dare he lie and say he stopped giving to charity because of the president.

We all know he NEVER gave to any charity but his own!!!!

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Pywacket 4 years, 7 months ago

Gnome~ Kennedy poured passion, energy, and dedication into balancing his drunken atrocity with all the positive things he could do in life. He also expressed deep and apparently heartfelt remorse after Kopechne's death and again and again throughout his life.

Whether or not you believed in his sincerity or agreed with his politics, you should be able to appreciate (like many Republican leaders do) how many positive changes he helped effect in this country. For all the people whose lives he helped better, the sum of his days added up to something positive.

Could a lifetime of dedicated public service ever erase the taking of a life, however unintentional, and the shameful failure to immediately alert authorities? Of course not. And he seemed well aware of that. And yet, he went on working. It wasn't for the money. He was already filthy rich. Call me naive, but I do think he learned from his mistakes and strove to atone.

It would be unfair and wrong to make excuses for Kennedy's actions of 40 years ago. At the same time, it would be unfair and wrong to act as if those 40 years of public service, of dogged hard work, counted for nothing.

The day after Mary Jo Kopechne drowned, Kennedy was no better than any other irresponsible drunk who has killed someone. It took years--decades--to earn respect after that, and he never did earn the respect of some. That was his cross to bear--one he made for himself.

If Dekert (or anyone else in his shoes) wishes to end up on the positive side of life's balance sheet, he's got a lot of atonement to work on and a lot of good deeds and positive acts to perform.

He should expect unfavorable public opinion until he has shown that he is utterly remorseful and has used the second chance he has been given in a way to benefit as many people as possible. Will he do this? I wouldn't hold my breath. He could start with giving to those in need in these tough times--if he has no money, he could volunteer time (above and beyond any court-ordered service, of course). The life he has ahead of him cannot bring back the life he extinguished. But he can possibly save himself.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 7 months ago

indeed, I was also shocked to see him in the array of on-the-street people!


the most irritating thing about the Jake Dekert story is: after the accident he left, left a man to die. left to go and get the blood alcohol level down so as to avoid the appropriate sentence and charge.

however, he's not the first one to do so, i.e. Ted Kennedy.

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GardenMomma 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm surprised that LJW didn't screen the "On The Street" people better. Surely they don't take the first four they see? I figured it was balanced some way to project the opinion the LJW wants to give. Like maybe they'd interview 10 people and pick the four best or something.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 7 months ago

Roe, I hope someone nice adopts Charity and spoils her outrageously. I am sorry for your loss of a good friend. We can only hope that Jake has truly learned from this. Nothing will bring Tom back and the idea that someone left him there is very hard. A drunk person does not make good choices so they should make some before they set out to drink the bar dry.

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autie 4 years, 7 months ago

Multi, in certain circles she is simply referred to as the "Princess." Excepting when she is present. Then it is no ma'am, yes ma'am, is there anything else you need ma'am.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

Let me introduce you to "Charity". She was found in our back yard mid July, undernourished, sickly, near death. We could not keep her, as our cat tests positive for feline leukemia. She was taken to the shelter by our daughter who made a nice donation on her behalf and has since been nursed back to health. Even near death she had a sweet, loving personality. Anybody interested?

http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14629176

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beatrice 4 years, 7 months ago

So Tom only gives to those in need when his party is in national office? Whatever. Nothing like living a spiteful existence. I'm also not surprised that Jake isn't giving to others in need either.

Yes, we have been giving more this year. I've also been helping with food drives throughout the year to help those in need. I still say no to panhandlers, however.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 7 months ago

well isn't that special.

she know you call her that?

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autie 4 years, 7 months ago

A day like today should be spent on the lake contemplating my ways'. Yesterday will have to do

sounds rather Thoreau-ish. Go to the lake to fish deliberately. And helps that the fish are cooperative.

I still give. In fact I gave generously this morning. To my special charity.

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Pywacket 4 years, 7 months ago

We've actually given more this year (and plan to do more so) b/c we're doing pretty well and have not been hit the way so many have.

Too bad little Jake didn't give less to the liquor industry. I guess even "broke college students" have their priorities straight on where to pour their hard-earned money (down the hatch, in his case).

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Amy Heeter 4 years, 7 months ago

Then you know who i am. Good for you. Since you knew Tom you also know he was easy going and that he would not like this conflict. I prefere to remember those gone in happier scenerios. That is especially true in this situation.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

On second thought Arti, after looking at your 47 pages of sarcasm I see you're nothing but a simple troll and I will look forward to ignoring anything you have to say.

Have a nice day!

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RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

Just for the record artichokeheart, Tom and I were best of friends since we were 13 years old. I was at his birthday party earlier in the afternoon of May third. Which one were you?

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 7 months ago

It is pretty suspect, Tom, when AT&T has their large Icon first and foremost on the page. I see AT&T and I think crooks immediately, and support for repressive governments.

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, it has. I find myself donating more than ever before to Pro-choice orgs. In fact, I consider these donations "tithing", a gift to the goddesses.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh yes, and I've stated this since the morning after the election. My wife and I cut way, way back on charitable contributions and also to those few friends and family who call when they're "in a jam", same for them. Not because of the economy, because it doesn't effect us, but because of a president and congress who've clearly stated they're going to re-distribute wealth. Is this done with a spiteful heart? Maybe. We have a spiteful president and congressional leadership. They make my blood boil. They'll be gone soon enough.

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Randall Barnes 4 years, 7 months ago

YES NOW THAT I LOST MY JOB THIS YEAR AND ONLY 1,800 UNEMPLOYMENT I AM NOW ON THE RECIEVING SIDE. HAVE A KNOT ON MY CHIN DOCTOR THINKS MIGHT BE CANCER BUT NO ONE HERE IN LAWRENCE WANTS TO HELP.AND I MAKE TOO MUCH FOR HEALTH CARE ACCESS....I CANT EVEN PAY ALL MY BILLS DONE LET MY CAR GO BACK AND THE RENT IN LAWRENCE NEED I SAY MORE ......

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Amy Heeter 4 years, 7 months ago

RoeDapple (Anonymous) says… "Yes Jakey, you very charitably gave 14 days of your Christmas break up for the life you took from Tom. You gave when the opportunity presented itself. You give when you can. You took all that Tom had."

Because the D.A. made a plea deal. Did you even know Tom? I did and for the record Tom was drunk that night too. He had just celebrated his birthday and was shiny side up. While I don't approve of Deckert leaving the scene both drivers that night were too impaired to drive.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 7 months ago

Hold onto your rod Prospector, JK, aka "That Joker with the Big Red Button" will let us know. Could be another previously unknown terms of use violation.

Hey Joker, how 'bout it?

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grammaddy 4 years, 7 months ago

No longer giving money to anyone, but I'm still volunteering whenever I can. Giving the gift of self, til it hurts.

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H_Lecter 4 years, 7 months ago

"Give til it hurts" are words to live by.

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prospector 4 years, 7 months ago

Always, my way's remain circuitous.

A day like today should be spent on the lake contemplating my ways'. Yesterday will have to do.

An apostrophe check would be appreciated.

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pace 4 years, 7 months ago

I give a little more but I don't give to professional panhandlers. If I hear someone is laid off, I might give them a birthday present of a hundred dollars instead of a trinket. I don't like the corporate puppet strings attached to United Way, but I am satisfied with the ethics and accountability of the Salvation Army , Red Cross. I give to the American Cancer Society. I do more volunteer and less money because of rising costs and lower cash flow. Most people who say they have nothing to give except to themselves will never have enough to give, I have a home, a car, health insurance and so what if I need to half my grocery budget or not drive as much. There is a need for kindness.

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thebcman 4 years, 7 months ago

nope .. my income still goes to the mortgage company, the gas company, the electric company, the grocery store, the gas station, the credit card companies, the evil monopolistic local cable company, etc...

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RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes Jakey, you very charitably gave 14 days of your Christmas break up for the life you took from Tom. You gave when the opportunity presented itself. You give when you can. You took all that Tom had.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 7 months ago

I guess I'll play the Devil's Avocado Well, he did his sentenced "time" and at least so far hasn't been caught re-offending, and this is at the post office. I won't make judgment on the propriety, but I rather think that it's more appropriate to blame the judge who gave him a slap on the wrist, at least without knowing this. . . jerk personally, or his level of actual remorse.

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Donnuts 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, this creep from Lawrence changed my ways with his big mouth. Now I won't even give you the time of day most likely let alone money out of my pocket. It is just about all I can do to look at you.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 7 months ago

“No, I’m a broke college student … but when the opportunity presents itself, I give what I can.”

— Jake Deckert, health/physical education major, Larned

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so, he's already out on the street!!!

personally, I'd like to see lpd do what they can to just track this guy. charge him with anything, anything at all. if he spits, charge him with spitting on the sidewalk. if he curses, charge him with disorderly conduct. if he forgets to turn on the turn signal, ticket him!

what a slimey person. can't believe that after what he did, he's even in lawrence!

no shame. no shame at all in his wretched soul.

wonder if h'es cruisin' with a BAC?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 7 months ago

Jake Deckert ????

what?

(smack)

...(no change)

(smack smack) .... Anyone else seeing red?

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