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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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bearded_gnome 5 years 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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jonas_opines 5 years 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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RoeDapple 5 years 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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pace 5 years 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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H_Lecter 5 years ago

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

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grammaddy 5 years 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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Amy Heeter 5 years 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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Randall Barnes 5 years 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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RoeDapple 5 years 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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RoeDapple 5 years 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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Amy Heeter 5 years 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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beatrice 5 years 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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RoeDapple 5 years 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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Leslie Swearingen 5 years 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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GardenMomma 5 years 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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bearded_gnome 5 years 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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Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

artichokeheart you sound just like Nero Wolfe.

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mom_of_three 5 years 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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