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My mom sent me this in an email.. I though it was interesting.. I dont expect alot of comments on this but what are your thoughts..



I AM CONCERNED

By: Paul Marx

Owner of "Louisiana Proud" KBON 101.1FM

NOTE: Just so this is not interpreted to be a "racist" observation, let me make it clear that this writing refers to ALL races!!

What is going on? Why do some people feel that everyone else, including the government, owes them?? It seems that there are some people who think that is cases of emergencies they automatically become everyone else's responsibility and have none of their own? That needs to change!!

For Hurricane Gustav, I saw the vast majority of the people who were getting on evacuation buses, knowing there was a few hours of bus ride ahead of them, do so EMPTY HANDED! Not even a bottle of water for themselves or even their little children! They've had days to prepare, but they prepared nothing! How about a couple of sandwiches for the trip? No.

I watched the news and saw people complain about the place they had been evacuated to being "filthy" with trash! Many of those complainers are sitting or lying on cots furnished to them. Well, I'm sure it's not the volunteer workers who dirtied the place. My advice is get off your asses and clean up!!

For one of the past hurricanes, I received a phone call at KBON 101.1FM radio from an evacuation center. Keep in mind, this center had several hundred evacuees housed there for their safety. Well, the caller explained to me that there was an 18 wheeler that arrived with water, meals and other supplies, and asked if I would announce that they needed volunteers to help unload the truck. I have to tell you, I lost it. "You mean to tell me that you have hundreds of evacuees in that building and you want me to ask someone to leave their house and their family to come and unload THEIR truck?", I asked. Before the person could answer I recommended "I'll tell you what to do. Go inside and tell them the truck is there and needs to be unloaded and that you need volunteers. If no one offers to help, you simply lock up the back of the 18 wheeler and tell it to go somewhere else where it will be more appreciated".

I had another situation (I don't recall from where) that troubled me just as much. I recall this was a place with a couple hundred people. I received a call and was asked to announce that they needed volunteers to help serve meals. My advice again to that caller was to get some volunteers among the evacuees and if they refused, then simply don't serve food.

I am concerned that the day will come when we will have a lot of trouble finding anyone willing to open it's doors to the people who need to evacuate, and I cannot blame them if they choose to not make evacuees welcome. They have nothing to gain by doing so. People come into centers, halls, etc. And practically trash the place. They complain to the press about not being comfortable, the place being dirty, not liking the food, not getting water often enough, and more. Then they leave the place in filth!!

I am concerned that the day will come when people will not volunteer to leave their home and families to go and "wait on" people who have absolutely no appreciation of them and what they are doing to help. Imagine volunteering to help someone out of the goodness of your heart and not only, not being appreciated, but being criticized for your service. Personally, I'd rather stay home with my family than give my time to such ungrateful people and would not blame anyone for feeling the same way.

I saw on the news recently where the Red Cross was having problems getting donations. Could it be that people around the country are seeing the "whiners" and the "unappreciative" and just don't feel like giving to such people, knowing it will not be appreciated?

More recently, we have seen hundredʼs if not thousands of people standing in line for hours to apply for "emergency" food stamps. Some of those are the same people who were "not able" to get off their behinds to help unload a truck of supplies meant for them, or to get off their chairs & cots to help clean the facility, or to help distribute food & water in the facility they were housed in. There was at least one incident of people in the "emergency food stamp" line angry & complaining that "only one" grocery store had brought them some free lunch! Thatʼs right, some people expected someone to bring them FREE LUNCH while they were in line for their food stamps! Unbelievable but true.

It's my belief that the American people are great, kindhearted and generous people, and are very willing to help people who are trying to help themselves but I think more & more of us Americans are feeling less & less generous to people who just donʼt appreciate it. It's important to know that no one owes you anything. It's important to know that people will help you a lot faster when they see you trying to help yourself.

I am concerned, and you should be too.
God bless America, God bless Louisiana and God bless you!
Paul Marx
KBON 101.1FM www.kbon.com
 

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I think it makes an excellent point.

I find it hard to help people who won't even help themselves. Always have.
 

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Makes perfect sense to me.

When my wife and I were watching the news, (this was during Katrina)
and saw an interview with someone complaining about the "horrid" conditions they had to endure at a shelter (provided at someone else's expense),
we both said at the same time, "why don't you get off your fat ass and help clean the place then?!"
Sheesh.
Some people.
 

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lol now we've found a radio station that kinda uses my dad's name KBON. haha I'll tell him about it cause he'll like it.

Anyway, about the post... I totally agree with this guy, but of course, there are still going to be a lot of people who just fail to realize that they are not entitled to everything, and they need to work for it... I don't know if this fits in here, or in the mechanics thread, but today just walking across the parking lot, I stopped and waited for a car to go, they nicely waved me on and I returned the favor. I got about halfway, and this woman sped up from the sidewalk and stopped when she noticed me, so I'm just thinking why don't I let her go, she's in a hurry obviously... yeah, bad idea... she gives me this look like I am the most annoying person in the world, and gave a hurried wave. I just looked at her like "what the hell is wrong with you?" and continued on my way. I tell ya.....people, they suck. [rolleyes]
 

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Obama Can't Gymkhana
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I didnt except this much replies.. Sweet.. That means there is some hope.. We (My generation) have been told all our lives that we are not responsible for our actions and we are owned things... WRONG..
 

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I didnt except this much replies.. Sweet.. That means there is some hope.. We (My generation) have been told all our lives that we are not responsible for our actions and we are owned things... WRONG..
shit where was i when they told us that? lol

my parents always told me...if you want something, you gotta work for it. you want a porsche, get a good job. you want a nice house, do good in school, work hard, do your part.

i never got a oh hey youre not responsible. my parents told me that when i leave the house...im on my own, sink or swim.

i agree with the letter. its hard, we've become a welfare state on so many levels, its hard to feel sorry for people anymore. if you aren't gonna work hard to support yourself and your family, then you should fail. you should appreciate whats given to you, and you should pay it forward. thats how it works.
 

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Obama Can't Gymkhana
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I would respond but I dont want to turn this into a politcal debate... No it would not be a stab at you derrick LOL even though you probably wouldnt care..;)
 

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i've always felt the same way, i came from a more privileged life however both of my parents were self made and neither went to college. they (especially my dad) have ALWAYS ingrained in me that i need to work HARD to make it and they never get off my back about that.

i work a job where i deal with mostly poor people from rural areas and the majority possess the same attitude complained about in that letter.

i used to volunteer at my grandparents' church soup kitchen in high school and quit because i was so disgusted at the lack of gratitude presented by the inner city homeless

i agree wholeheartedly with everything said here and i'm glad someone could present it so eloquently.
 

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I don't feel like typing it all out, but I agree on the whole thing about people feeling like they are owed because of a hurricane or disaster....then like was said, no gratitude or anything. Like they seriously think they are owed it and take complete advantage of the situation. I know of people who applied for emergency food stamps that are better off than me and my wife.

I'm just glad that I've worked hard enough to be able to afford my house to seek shelter and that I do take hurricanes seriously enough to get supplies.

People....they are something else.
 
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