Re: [CF] Guardian articles and Hydrogen
- Fitzsimmons, Diane (dcfitzsimmons@...) wrote:
> I agree with your disgust, De. That's the same way I feel about peopleit wasn't disgust actually, not at the people in the food line.
> wanting food hand-outs when they are smoking.
on re-reading my post I realise it did sound rather like "how appalling,
these people's children are going hungry and the lazy b-----ds won't
give up their bloody cars." but that wasn't what I meant...
it was more like bewilderment or despair at the society, the car-culture
that makes working poor (and "downsized" poor) people so dependent on
the parasite automobile that it's the one thing they can't afford to
give up. they have to hang on to it -- without it they become totally
disenfranchised. that's what the car culture has done for us -- lumbered
the poorest among us with a gas-guzzling white elephant that they can't
afford to keep and can't afford to get rid of.
I note you don't see anyone giving away fuel at "gas kitchens" for the
poor... or "gas stamps" made available to tide them over. or free bus
passes for people with low or no income. nope, they have to spend their
few remaining hard dollars on petroleum to profit the oil barons, while
relying on charity to feed the kids. and transit fares keep going up.
it just seemed such a Portrait of America, visible evidence of the
stranglehold the auto industry has on our lives. and typical of America
-- the sprawl, the complete lack of urban planning -- that a soup kitchen
would be situated so far from its constituency that people have to drive
to it -- and would be *expected* to drive to it. in the bad old feudal
days (of human scale villages) the Squire's wife and daughters and the
vicar's lady would go and visit the poor -- on foot or by carriage --
bringing the charity food & old clothes to them. but in contemporary
America even charity food handouts are a "drive in" experience.
hmmm. I wonder if local bike communities could be enlisted in delivering
help and charity to the people who need it -- meals on 2 wheels? volunteerism
> But upon reflection I remind myself that smoking is probably one of the trueyup. a lot of people are living in their cars (the more fortunate have got
> pleasures they have and that poor people have/drive cars because (at least
> in my area) that's the only way they have to get to work and/or transport a
> family that includes small children. At least in my area, many of the
> people getting food are working poor, not jobless. And the car often serves
> as their home, not just transportation.
hold of vans or old RVs or even ancient school buses) in my town. and many
of them are trying to get odd jobs. when we (the U) advertise a job opening
(whether technical, clerical, or "menial") we're getting from 100 to 500
applicants these days. and thanks to the ongoing bankruptcy of the states,
the U's budget is in the red and we're not advertising a whole lot of job
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> From: De Clarke [mailto:de@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 12:40 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CF] Guardian articles and Hydrogen
> hmmm. I wonder if local bike communities could be enlisted in delivering
> help and charity to the people who need it -- meals on 2 wheels?
who's riding a bicycle because it's their only means of transportation (poor
or lost their license) and who's riding one as a political statement or
because it's "cool."
The former group is just on a bike -- maybe won't even have a lock.
The latter group has helmets, pants clips, lights, an array of baskets
and/or saddle bags, sometimes even special biking uniforms.
Note this excerpt from the following story about how one bicyclist helped
Free bicycle program getting rolling in Wichita
WICHITA (AP) -- For most of the last decade, an anonymous man has made it
his mission to leave lime-green bicycles parked throughout Wichita for
anyone to use.
"Bike Man" works with the Bicycle X-Change, a local bicycle shop, to supply
the bikes around the city. Riders are advised to just hop on a bike and then
leave them on a main street when they're done.
Chris and Christine Campbell, who were riding the bikes last week, said
someone brought one of the bikes to a homeless shelter where they two were
They appreciated that the bikes work and are easy to find.
"If we don't like this one, we can just trade it in," Chris Campbell said.