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Spirit Of The Law

Posted Friday, October 19, 2012, at 8:29 AM

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The political ads heating up the senate race in Nebraska recently took a nasty turn when Bob Kerry attacked Deb Fisher about some alleged attempted legal trickery. So I decided I wanted to know a bit more about the attack ads but haven't found out much other than the rhetoric the campaigns are tossing around which seems centered around land law. The best part of my research was that I got sidetracked by an interesting to me story out of Arizona...

It seems a lady in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale has been warned repeatedly by the city for running a food bank in her front yard. According to one source I read, the city responded to questions about the residential food bank by stating "...residents can't leave furniture or appliances in public view or they will be cited". They said if the resident continues to operate her neighborhood food bank, she could be fined or even face criminal charges.

Mildred Ramirez is the name of the lady that has been running this volunteer effort to feed what she estimates to be 50 people from her front yard every day. She picks up everything and wheels the coolers back into her garage every night, but the city sees this volunteer operation in violation of its code.

Mildred has been offered legal assistance from some law outfit to defend her volunteer food bank, and I imagine there will be plenty of community support for her volunteer efforts as well. Comments I read to the online article about the situation include someone speaking about unsafe conditions that could be encountered therefore making it unsafe for the community. Someone else mentioned that taken to the extreme, the law would outlaw lemonade stands and yard sales. Someone else queried "what would Jesus do?"

Jesus said a lot of things including his commandment "Love one another as I have loved you". Seems like Mildred is following the spirit of that law. The fact that she does it in her front yard could be covered by another of Jesus commandments... "Give to the poor to please God, not to gain approval from other people" and "Let people see your good works".

Well, only you can decide which side of the fence you would be on if you were one of Mildreds neighbors, but I for one support Mildred and her neighborhood food pantry because I think that's exactly what Jesus would do.

Here are the news items I ran across... http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_wes...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18...


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I'm on Mildred's side. There is much wrong with a system that attacks a 'giver of assistance,' and tries to place as many as they can on welfare, so they can build an empire. The system is wrong, upsidedown, topsiturby, Out of it's mind. or something like that. Perchance, I rant??

If you can't beat the insanity of the world, Look UP, and Pray.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Sun, Oct 21, 2012, at 3:02 PM


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