Trudi’s Corner

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By Trudi Cunningham

Not too long ago, I had written about Gov. Christie’s plan to help returning veterans and the problems they are facing, including homelessness. I have no idea how things are progressing, and hopefully it hasn’t fallen by the wayside.

Recently, there was an article in the paper and a picture of a homeless woman, who it would seem, lives at Newark Penn Station. I’m sure it’s not an easy problem to solve, and not a new one. Another person stated that he had been living there for approximately four months, and it’s safer there rather than going to a shelter. How absolutely outrageous is that? The person I mentioned had been working as a welder on the Freedom Tower and was injured.

In my area, we have people who are involved and working to get food for neighbors. It just doesn’t seem possible, that this country, supposedly the richest in the world, people are in dire need.

My thoughts or question is in reference to possible funds that may alleviate the problem, so I’m asking, how many people have house phones and cell phones? You do see charges on your bill for 90 cents for emergency 911 calls every month. This money, according to my bill, goes to the state and county. My question, how much is actually being used in this direction? I can truthfully say, I have never heard or read of an accounting, but in thinking about it, it does make me curious… wouldn’t you agree?

My final comment is as usual, “Charity begins at home.”


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