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Kansas to reimpose work requirement for food assistance

jhawkinsf:

You are right. There are people who are simply too lazy, lacking in effort or commitment, to work at a steady job to support themselves. I can't argue with that.

I have two comments:

First. If you have worked in social services, you know the value of sitting down with someone and finding out their story. Often, their perceived by us laziness or lack of effort has everything to do with the fact that they have tried, without support, and failed. They have reached out for help, and not been able to get what they need. They didn't have the best resume, they didn't have the right skills, or perform best in an interview. So, now, we compound that issue by throwing more on top of it. If you've ever not had any food on your table, or money in your bank, and you're looking at two children wondering how you're going to tell them that they aren't going to eat tonight...and you've been there or heard single parents tell those stories, you can talk about feeling paralyzed thinking you're never going to get out of the perpetual black hole of poverty.

We did a survey here last summer. The first question we asked, "if you had an opportunity for a better life, would you want it?" About 2,000 households filled out the survey. Every one of them said yes.

Shame on us for calling them lazy. Shame on us for not doing everything we can to enable them to pursue that better life.

Come on down to Just Food. I'll spend a morning with you and we'll just talk to folks as they come in. I'm sure they'd love to tell you their stories, and I am confident that, despite your long-standing work in social services, you'll leave with a different perception.

Second. Why is this even a political issue? Does someone's desire to support themselves determine our level of commitment to make sure they go hungry? I'll say it shouldn't. Making sure someone doesn't starve is a no brainer to me.

September 5, 2013 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to reimpose work requirement for food assistance

jhawkinsf,

Come on down to Just Food and spend a day talking to the wonderful people that work their tails off and still need help. You'll find that your assumptions are quite wrong once you hear their stories!

Jeremy

September 4, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawrence: The Days of Drag Strip Road

Both of my parents raced there, and I vaguely remember being there as a young child. Dad raced his dragbike and Mom raced her datsun. I have grown up with a passion for NHRA Drag Racing, and even attended Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School in Florida to get my license in Super Comp.

One of the cool things that made Lawrence what it was. I drive down Wakarusa frequently and think of Lawrence Dragway. I wish there was a way we could get a strip back in Lawrence!

September 1, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Important choice

As the CEO of Just Food, I have deliberately reached out to people all over this community in an effort to educate them about the mission of Just Food and to raise money to support that mission. I am proud to be supported by each and every person who has contributed time and/or money to my campaign as I know the vast majority of them because they support the food bank.

It is fine to disagree about issues in our community, in fact I think that disagreements on issues help strengthen our community, but to attack the character of someone you’ve never met (whether it’s me or someone else) does not help to keep our community healthy---it widens our divisions. I believe in creating jobs so that fewer people need to use Just Food’s services. To do that, people from every corner of Lawrence need to be heard. I remain committed to building bridges, and to do it with integrity and transparency. I’m happy to talk with anyone about who I am and what I believe in. My cell phone is 785-691-9100 and my email is info@voteyourselfafarmer.com.

February 28, 2013 at 2:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer wants to highlight need for more jobs, technical education as part of City Commission campaign

jayhawklawrence:

Please let me know what you would like from me in order to earn your vote. You can find more information about the campaign on my website or on facebook.

jeremy

Jeremy Farmer
Candidate for 2013 City Commission
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February 19, 2013 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer wants to highlight need for more jobs, technical education as part of City Commission campaign

jhawkinsf:

I would agree with you that we need an environment that encourages our tax base to grow. I don't think people are inherently against bringing in jobs; they just wanted to know that they have an advocate working for them who understands why jobs are so vitally important. I bring a unique perspective to City Hall because of my work with the wonderful folks at Just Food.

jeremy

Jeremy Farmer
Candidate for 2013 City Commission
info@voteyourselfafarmer.com
www.voteyourselfafarmer.com
http://twitter.com/votefarmer
http://facebook.com/voteyourselfafarmer

February 19, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer wants to highlight need for more jobs, technical education as part of City Commission campaign

Indeed I am! I moved back to Lawrence in July of 2011, and registered to vote for the 2012 primary and general elections.

February 19, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Food hub' seen as way to promote local agriculture

This food hub idea is so great. Thanks to all of the wonderful people working on it, our local Food Policy Council headed up by the wonderful Eileen Horn!

January 22, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leader of local food bank files for seat on Lawrence City Commission

I responded late last night. I can see my responses...I hope you can too.

January 18, 2013 at 6:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leader of local food bank files for seat on Lawrence City Commission

bozo:

I don't think its arbitrary if we understand the general direction that we want to go. My concern with such a comprehensive plan is that we don't give ourselves the flexibility to make changes. We become micro-managed, and that is not the effective way to govern. So, we have to make amends to have what guides us be relevant.

I'm speaking of a document that points us in the right direction, without tying our hands. It outlines the greatest needs of our community, not what it will take to meet those needs. It is a guide with a plan, not a plan with a guide.

I must say that I spent a lot of time researching 9th and New Hampshire. My grandparents own two houses in the 800 block of Connecticut. I walked up and down those blocks of streets, and even in the 900 block of Rhode Island. What I will tell you is that more people supported it than didn't....

Just my two cents.

January 18, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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