Poor People

Dear Peg and Family,
Today, today there is much talk about the ‘Poor People’ of our country. I have to ask, so I can understand what exactly are we talking about? What is the criteria that defines one, as a poor person? Regardless what the State considers poor. I  consider myself to be one of one of the poor. In saying this, I have never yet made a visit to a food Bank run by Salvation Army, or the City Mission. It does mean that the State and I have different ideas on what makes ones financially secure. In other words with your current income, can you make ends meet? In the States eyes, it would seem I have got it wrong, I have always been defined as a rich person. The State says that I don’t qualify for any of their freebies, not one. And further, I never have. I can’t get a community card, which would enable me to get my foot inside the door and get my hands on some of the goodies the Government doles out to those they deem poor. I’m also committed to pay $40,000 per annum, just to keep my wife in care in a home. So I must be rich. However I nearly forgot one concession, I can ride on Council bus after 9-00am for free, but then again, seeing that I don’t use buses, or have any need to do so. This doesn’t mean that very much anyway, rich folk don’t ride buses.
To get some idea this letter is all about. It’s about what amenities you are allowed before you find the line that’s drawn in the sand, that says you are poor? Our perception of this status, changes from day to day. Remember that only yesterday something that could be regarded as a luxury item, and today it’s a necessity. Take refrigeration, it has to be a necessity. It protects your families health, and food from spoiling. As well, their unit price for refrigerators have dropped. Television, that too would have to be a ‘Yes’ again. But this does not include ‘Sky’ pay television. Too many people who are on a benefit regard ‘pay television’ as a necessity. My view is if you want this amenity, you will have to give up something else. To get some idea of how popular this is. Just look for the number of satellite dishes fastened on roofs of the State homes.
In my eyes Telephones are not a necessity either, call boxes can serve the needs of any beneficiary, or someone on a limited income. The installation of a phone in a home is a luxury, and not really necessary. We should know, as we managed very well for most of our lives without any phone. You would have a hard job selling that idea to the young, kids today have at least two mobile phones. Cars are a necessity too. No child walks to school these days. If you don’t believe me, drive past any school at 8-30am or 3-00pm.
The disadvantaged (This is the group that send their kids off to school without breakfast) They don’t have or need to buy the family expensive packaged or processed breakfast foods. Porridge, the stuff we were brought up on, costs only a few cents a serve. It’s not popular, with a negative advertising campaign run by the processed breakfast food people. They have done everything in their power to discredit basic porridge, and have made sure that it will never again regain the popularity it had in my youth. It was given a further strong shove off the stage by ‘Uncle Toby’ or someone similar. You can tell this by the amount of space allocated in the supermarkets for ‘Cooked Breakfast Foods’.
When you search for rolled oats and the like. Don’t bother looking for Oatmeal or Creamota. Uncle Toby has also purchased these companies, who just happened to manufacture Creamota, they then closed them down.
I had a smile recently when talking to Pam Mackenzie, (formally Pam Robertson). Her husband Neil is so keen on his oatmeal. (That’s plain oatmeal) That he searched Christchurch in vain for a supply of those basic ground oats. When he found that it was no longer available from his supermarket. He kept on searching and at last found one grocer could would supply it. But he has had to purchase a three bushel sack, a minimum for any purchase.
If our poor of today could compare their situation with what is called ‘Poor’ of any of the third world Countries, they would to their surprise find that their standard of living they enjoy, would put them into the top 10% in the world. No matter how bad they think things are, there will never be any need for them to go to bed hungry.
Love from Christchurch,
Wally
Today, today there is much talk about the ‘Poor People’ of our country. I have to ask, so I can understand what exactly are we talking about? What is the criteria that defines one, as a poor person? Regardless what the State considers poor. I  consider myself to be one of one of the poor. In saying this, I have never yet made a visit to a food Bank run by Salvation Army, or the City Mission. It does mean that the State and I have different ideas on what makes ones financially secure. In other words with your current income, can you make ends meet? In the States eyes, it would seem I have got it wrong, I have always been defined as a rich person. The State says that I don’t qualify for any of their freebies, not one. And further, I never have. I can’t get a community card, which would enable me to get my foot inside the door and get my hands on some of the goodies the Government doles out to those they deem poor. I’m also committed to pay $40,000 per annum, just to keep my wife in care in a home. So I must be rich. However I nearly forgot one concession, I can ride on Council bus after 9-00am for free, but then again, seeing that I don’t use buses, or have any need to do so. This doesn’t mean that very much anyway, rich folk don’t ride buses.
To get some idea this letter is all about. It’s about what amenities you are allowed before you find the line that’s drawn in the sand, that says you are poor? Our perception of this status, changes from day to day. Remember that only yesterday something that could be regarded as a luxury item, and today it’s a necessity. Take refrigeration, it has to be a necessity. It protects your families health, and food from spoiling. As well, their unit price for refrigerators have dropped. Television, that too would have to be a ‘Yes’ again. But this does not include ‘Sky’ pay television. Too many people who are on a benefit regard ‘pay television’ as a necessity. My view is if you want this amenity, you will have to give up something else. To get some idea of how popular this is. Just look for the number of satellite dishes fastened on roofs of the State homes.
In my eyes Telephones are not a necessity either, call boxes can serve the needs of any beneficiary, or someone on a limited income. The installation of a phone in a home is a luxury, and not really necessary. We should know, as we managed very well for most of our lives without any phone. You would have a hard job selling that idea to the young, kids today have at least two mobile phones. Cars are a necessity too. No child walks to school these days. If you don’t believe me, drive past any school at 8-30am or 3-00pm.
The disadvantaged (This is the group that send their kids off to school without breakfast) They don’t have or need to buy the family expensive packaged or processed breakfast foods. Porridge, the stuff we were brought up on, costs only a few cents a serve. It’s not popular, with a negative advertising campaign run by the processed breakfast food people. They have done everything in their power to discredit basic porridge, and have made sure that it will never again regain the popularity it had in my youth. It was given a further strong shove off the stage by ‘Uncle Toby’ or someone similar. You can tell this by the amount of space allocated in the supermarkets for ‘Cooked Breakfast Foods’.
When you search for rolled oats and the like. Don’t bother looking for Oatmeal or Creamota. Uncle Toby has also purchased these companies, who just happened to manufacture Creamota, they then closed them down.
I had a smile recently when talking to Pam Mackenzie, (formally Pam Robertson). Her husband Neil is so keen on his oatmeal. (That’s plain oatmeal) That he searched Christchurch in vain for a supply of those basic ground oats. When he found that it was no longer available from his supermarket. He kept on searching and at last found one grocer could would supply it. But he has had to purchase a three bushel sack, a minimum for any purchase.
If our poor of today could compare their situation with what is called ‘Poor’ of any of the third world Countries, they would to their surprise find that their standard of living they enjoy, would put them into the top 10% in the world. No matter how bad they think things are, there will never be any need for them to go to bed hungry.
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