Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sign of the times

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing, Christmas shoppers are spending more than some expected, and retail economists say economic recovery is within eyeshot.

Tell all that to the folks lined up Monday for the annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway at The Citadel mall. According to media reports, 10,000 people showed up, and many weren't there for the toys. Some waited hours for bundles of food.

Everyone who contributed to the giveaway can rest assured their donations were appreciated. But it should be a wake-up call for anyone buying their 50th pair of shoes or 14th scarf to think of those less fortunate, many of whom find themselves in a giveaway line for no fault of their own. How many of us live one or two paychecks away from losing our cars and homes?

Speaking of those without homes, the homeless were remembered Monday at the Longest Night gathering. The event asks people to remember those who have died while homeless — not, as the daily newspaper reported, those who died "because they were homeless." Being homeless, last we checked, isn't a recognized cause of death.

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