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A sign of the times

Greetings gentle readers!  Another long wait since my last post.  My apologies.  Seems I overextended myself of late and had to take a little down time to recover.  Haven’t quite gotten the hang of pacing myself yet, but the old bod certainly has a way of letting  me know when I’ve gone too far.

Anyhoo, I just sent off a letter to the editor of the Windsor Star about something that happened to me a couple days ago, and thought you might like to read it as well.  A disturbing incident that still makes me emotional every time I think about it.

Dear Editor:  On Sunday March 6th, my husband and I were driving down the Walker Road on-ramp when we spotted a young woman off to the side of the road holding a sign which read “Will Work for Food.”  My first thought was “This can’t be happening – not in this city, not in this country.”  I’ve lived in Essex County for thirty years and by times my citizenship in this prosperous community has made me proud beyond words and mad as hell, but this is the first time I’ve ever been embarrassed.

This woman didn’t want a hand-out but a job to give her back her self-respect and help secure a hopeful future for her children.  But today she is reduced to begging on a street corner.  If she’s still there tomorrow, where will we take our shame?

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