96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

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96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Andy Sylvia » Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:56 pm

Ok, I left you all in suspense last night, and I need to be honest that it was in large part due to fatigue.

In large part, the people i've talked to in Merrimack and throughout the state have had a different fatigue, and that is probably the biggest factor in what I have seen as the biggest issue our state and indeed, our country faces this fall.

It isn't healthcare, it isn't Iraq, it isn't the economy or gas prices, it isn't education or the environment or taxes or immigration or for that matter, any other thing we'd probably truly classify as an issue.

In reality, the biggest issue I see is that people might care about these or other issues, but they feel powerless to do anything about it, or they've stopped caring altogether due to the grinding and seemingly unjust nature of "the system". Here in Merrimack, it's a lack of faith that we can ever achieve a fair and equitable turnpike system.

Before we solve any of the numerous problems our state and our country face, we first must address the the lack of faith, the lack of hope many of us feel towards the world beyond ourselves.

We must say to all people throughout our state and throughout our nation from all walks of life, from all ideological backgrounds, that they if work hard, and respect and do not harm others, they can have a chance to achieve whatever they dream, and we must say this not just with empty rhetoric, but with a tangible framework to facilitate their efforts rather than an all encompassing and strangling bureaucracy or an outsourced and soulless network that only helps a privileged few.

Because what we've lost as a nation and as a state doesn't belong to just one side of the political spectrum, it's larger than that. What we've lost is the hope of the American Dream, the unassailable belief that anything is within anyone's reach if they are just willing to grasp it, and we can reattain this if we choose to do so by working with each other rationally towards concrete solutions to the problems we face rather than engaging in endless dogmatic rancor like we have seen in the past.

I believe we can do this, but I am only human. At times I will falter, and I will ask you all to help me when I stumble towards this goal. And in return, if I am able, I will help you when you falter as well.

In the end, none of us can regain the hope we once had as a nation alone, but I am certain we will regain it if we keep on moving forward.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:40 am

andy sylvia

We must say to all people throughout our state and throughout our nation from all walks of life, from all ideological backgrounds, that they if work hard, and respect and do not harm others, they can have a chance to achieve whatever they dream, and we must say this not just with empty rhetoric, but with a tangible framework to facilitate their efforts rather than an all encompassing and strangling bureaucracy or an outsourced and soulless network that only helps a privileged few.

Because what we've lost as a nation and as a state doesn't belong to just one side of the political spectrum, it's larger than that. What we've lost is the hope of the American Dream, the unassailable belief that anything is within anyone's reach if they are just willing to grasp it, and we can reattain this if we choose to do so by working with each other rationally towards concrete solutions to the problems we face rather than engaging in endless dogmatic rancor like we have seen in the past.



I didn't realize this wasn't possible anymore. When did it change and why? And who is in this state of despair? What exactly have we lost?
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby platypusman » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:56 am

Jeannine I have to agree with you. When did hope leave us? Yes the economy is tough but not nearly as bad as the late 70s. I won't even bring up the 1930s. I guess some folks have a bad attitude and have a difficult time when challenged.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Sybil Spence Rocca » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:10 pm

platypusman wrote:Jeannine I have to agree with you. When did hope leave us? Yes the economy is tough but not nearly as bad as the late 70s. I won't even bring up the 1930s. I guess some folks have a bad attitude and have a difficult time when challenged.


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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby RBarnes » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:26 pm

I have to say that I agree with Andy. People can work hard and try their best and yet find they are blocked from succeeding. I'll give a couple examples and I think you both will find you too agree with the statement...

A young white male works hard and gets good grades. He finishes in the top 20% of his class. He applies to a college yet he's turned down because instead of taking the top 500 or so candidates who apply the college takes the top 100 then makes sure the remaining 400 students meet racial quotas.

Tell me that situation doesn't match 100% to Andy's statement.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:33 pm

RBarnes

Tell me that situation doesn't match 100% to Andy's statement.


It does, but I don't think that's what Andy is trying to get at. Besides, there are thousands of colleges to choose from so if one turns you down another probably won't. I'm not sure what the malaise he says he heard in his "walk and talk" is all about. We all have problems of some sort in our lives - some people more than others of course. Sounds more to me like some people give up too easily nowadays.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Sybil Spence Rocca » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:30 pm

Jeannine Stergios wrote:RBarnes

Tell me that situation doesn't match 100% to Andy's statement.


It does, but I don't think that's what Andy is trying to get at. Besides, there are thousands of colleges to choose from so if one turns you down another probably won't. I'm not sure what the malaise he says he heard in his "walk and talk" is all about. We all have problems of some sort in our lives - some people more than others of course. Sounds more to me like some people give up too easily nowadays.


Do you ever read what you write? Your response to Rick just echoed Andy's post! So, you are disagreeing with him at the same time that you are agreeing with him! Did you even realize that, or do you just like to be contrary?

You seem to post these automatic negative responses to certain forum members and it is obvious that you didn't even read what they wrote. Andy, RD, Wayne, now me ( cause you told me I was having a love affair with Obama.) You see that we've posted something and you negatively jump on it even when you are in agreement.

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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:44 pm

Sybil

This is the last time I will even bother to respond to anything you write. Maybe you need to re-read Andy's post and mine as I didn't say anything negative about Andy's post.

I told you that your were having an Obama love fest and based on the posts you have made I doubt anyone would disagree except maybe RD. To call me a member of the Aryan Nation is insulting and uncalled for and if you actaully believe that McCain's ad is racist then I can only feel sorry for you.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Sybil Spence Rocca » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:02 pm

That's good! I can use all the sympathy you can muster these days, so thanks! :D

I still think you were being contrary to Andy and a bit negative, but - Whatever....
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby TCF » Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:05 am

We must say to all people throughout our state and throughout our nation from all walks of life, from all ideological backgrounds, that they if work hard, and respect and do not harm others, they can have a chance to achieve whatever they dream, and we must say this not just with empty rhetoric, but with a tangible framework to facilitate their efforts rather than an all encompassing and strangling bureaucracy or an outsourced and soulless network that only helps a privileged few.

Wow right out of the conservative play book, I agree with that completly.

Because what we've lost as a nation and as a state doesn't belong to just one side of the political spectrum, it's larger than that. What we've lost is the hope of the American Dream, the unassailable belief that anything is within anyone's reach if they are just willing to grasp it, and we can reattain this if we choose to do so by working with each other rationally towards concrete solutions to the problems we face rather than engaging in endless dogmatic rancor like we have seen in the past.

Aww man, back to the liberal play book. Who has lost hope in the American dream. I still believe it is not unassailable. See your first paragraph. Work hard get a good education and never stop trying, it is within everyones grasp. When life slaps you in the side of the head, pull yourself back up by the bootstraps and try again.
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Hey TCF

Postby RD » Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:05 am

Have you ever worked at a homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen, in, say, Manchester or Nashua?

Perhaps if you hear the stories of those less fortunate than you, you'll become a little less arrogant.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby platypusman » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:45 am

America is the land of opportunity. The naysayers speak only so they can convince people that socialism is the answer to lack of motivation!



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At one point in his life, Jay Sorensen managed a gas station in Portland, Ore. Then the company pulled out of town. So he dabbled in real estate. By his own account, he "wasn't very good at it."

Floundering, Sorensen wondered what he could do to support his family. The answer came when he spilled coffee on his lap.

"It got me thinking that there had to be a better way," said Sorensen, who began to notice that other coffee-house patrons were holding steaming cups between their thumb and forefingers to avoid burning their hands.

Sorensen's solution? A cardboard sleeve that would fit around the coffee cups.

He developed the idea, then offered it to Starbucks. The then-nascent chain wanted exclusive rights and it was "dragging its feet" about the product. So Sorensen went out on his own, putting his last finances on the line to found his company, Java Jacket.

"At that point I had about six months of living expenses," he said.

Sorensen borrowed $3,000 from his parents to hire a patent attorney, and he ended up piling up credit card debt to have 100,000 coffee cup jackets made from waffled, recycled cardboard.

"I had to pay for the order up front," he recalls. "It seemed like a ton at the time."

The day he picked the prototypes in his pickup truck, Sorensen returned to the cafe where he had originally spilled the coffee on his lap. He had no appointment but was told he could see the owner if he was willing to wait a bit.

While he waited, he read about a coffee trade show to be held a week later. He had no money to attend. A few minutes later he was introduced to the cafe owner, who immediately bought some jackets.

"He was kind enough to ask, 'Do you need a check now?' I said, 'Sure, that'd be nice,'" laughs Sorensen. He promptly used the money to attend the trade show, where he got orders from 150 cafes. His wife, Colleen - now company CEO - followed up with hand-written notes and a sample sleeve to the other 3,500 trade-show attendees.

The efforts paid off big time. Today, the family-owned company sells between 20 million and 25 million sleeves a month, including neighborhood cafes to national chains.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby RD » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:04 am

platypusman wrote:America is the land of opportunity. The naysayers speak only so they can convince people that socialism is the answer to lack of motivation!

Have you ever worked at a homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen, in, say, Manchester or Nashua?

Perhaps if you hear the stories of those less fortunate than you, you'll become a little less arrogant.

Oh hey, aren't you paid by taxpayer funds? Why don't you take your own advice instead of being a hypocrit and leeching off the rest of us?
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:48 am

RD

Have you ever worked at a homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen, in, say, Manchester or Nashua?

Perhaps if you hear the stories of those less fortunate than you, you'll become a little less arrogant.

Oh hey, aren't you paid by taxpayer funds? Why don't you take your own advice instead of being a hypocrit and leeching off the rest of us?


Have you ever actually spent some of your own money on these homeless to buy them clothing or food? I have. Right now I am the payee for two disabled people (their own families can't bother) and spent 2 1/2 hours at the Social Security office in Manchester this week applying to be a payee for one of them because he had been living in the homeless shelter for the past three months. Do you have ANY idea how difficult getting there was for me with my medical problems? When I left the Social Security office I gave him $50 and a place to live to tide him over until his checks start coming in again in a week or two.

I have FIRST HAND experience with helping those less fortunate with my own money and time. The majority of homeless people are mentally ill or have an addiction problem which is why they're homeless because they're incapable of managing their affairs and should be under supervision. I believe the worst thing that happened was shutting down the homes for the mentally handicapped and that's why homelssness is such a big problem.
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Re: 96 Days To Go: Regaining Hope

Postby RD » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:56 am

Jeannine Stergios wrote:Have you ever actually spent some of your own money on these homeless to buy them clothing or food?

Yes; and I'm glad you have too (as I had suspected). So that's why the question wasn't directed at you, but rather at our taxpayer-funded military contractor friend.
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