Comment 39140

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted March 26, 2010 at 08:17:53

Where is the community building when those who are middle class or higher are silent or who state that those who are on welfare because they may have lost their jobs and just cannot find anything should just be thankful for what they get.

You know, one of the drawbacks of a welfare state (and don't get me wrong-- I think the welfare state is important and necessary) is that people seem to feel that it absolves them of any personal responsibility for their fellow citizens. We figure the government's taking care of them and we can just drop a few cans in the food bank drive and think we've done our share. There are some incredibly generous people in this city who give of their time and money to give others a hand up, and then there are the rest of us...

We need to pay a little more attention to our immediate neighbours, and help them in practical ways.

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