Helping neighbors in need |

Helping neighbors in need

Our forefathers had no vision of a welfare state. When our ancestors emigrated here from all over the world, they knew not of government assistance or food stamps. A “food stamp” in 1901 was a loaf of bread you brought over to your neighbor in exchange for a pot of vegetable soup. “Public assistance” was your neighbor coming to help you around the house when you were sick or injured, or just plain needed a friend. They did it not for recognition, they did it because that’s what you did for others.

Nevada County, we live in a very, very special place. Go and reconnect with your neighbors. Make friends with those you do not completely understand.

We have become so incredibly distracted by our outside world and what is going on around us, that we barely have time to even think about what is going on within us. It is time to think out of our “box” we have grown so comfortable in. The distractions from our spirituality are endless.

The separation of peoples is evident. History is repeating itself – again. Twenty thousand jobs lost in January. Unemployment drops to 9.7 from 10 percent. How stupid do they think we are?

Jeff Bianchi

Grass Valley

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