[Hpn] I Was A Stranger and You saw Me not.

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
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----- Original Message -----=20
From: Judith Moriarty=20
To: opinion@seacoastonline.com=20
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 12:39 PM
Subject: I Was A Stranger and You saw Me not.=20


 August 25-04

=20

=20

Dear Editor:

=20

Per your article, Aug 25-04, "Cry for the Homeless", it is hard to =
imagine in a state of such wealth and small population, such as New =
Hampshire, why the simple teachings of Matthew 25:31-46; the parable of =
the Sheep and the Goats should be so ignored. It  seems pretty self =
explanatory to me; "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I =
was a stranger and you invited me in, I was sick and you looked after me =
etc."=20

=20

If one is a President's wife, or a well known Senator, and caught in the =
throes of alcoholism, one is excused or lauded (with great support) for =
the founding of an expensive rehab center or  for longevity in office; =
despite the tragedy of a young woman trapped in a submerged car and =
suffocating to death. Be it a well know celebrity, sports star, =
political figure, or one of great wealth, a person  does not bear the =
same stigma or labeling,  of the one who finds themselves outside the =
city gate, having no credentials or wealth to secure  moneyed justice or =
fawning forgiveness. =20

=20

As the director of a mental health homeless program in a large CT., =
Fortune 500 city, we too had tent cities for the homeless, on what was =
called the Gold Coast.  Easy to label and denigrate the 'other', while =
sitting in the bleachers of life, or sumptuous homes,  slurping down =
tumblers of scotch, waiting for that next dividend check, lucrative =
raise, or bonus. Just as wealth is inherited, so too is poverty.=20

=20

Who are the homeless? According to the   media they are all dope =
addicts, ner' do wells, thieves, welfare cheats, drunks, pimps and =
prostitutes.  Well so too are the rich but money protects them in their =
addictions-drunkenness-thievery-and sleeping around. They're =
"eccentric-the rebel-the black sheep (chuckle) of the family". They =
don't suffer the indignities of being "thrown out" into the cold but =
rather "bailed out".

=20

In my years with the homeless I challenge anyone to be thrown out into =
the streets with no family, no friends, no income, and not resort to =
drinking or drugs to dull the God awful feeling of being swallowed up by =
emptiness.  Who are the homeless? They are all of us, missing a few =
paychecks (the wealthy exempted), a job outsourced, shut-off notices and =
a foreclosure on our homes.  They are the mentally-ill thrown out into =
the streets during the Reagan onward era when institutions across the =
nation were closed. The crisis centers never materialized (lack of =
money). Reagan said "People are homeless because they enjoy the great =
outdoors".=20

=20

Who are the homeless? The veteran back from war, mentally-traumatized =
and suffering numerous medical issues. They are the AIDS individuals, =
the elderly, losing their homes due to catastrophic medical bills.  They =
are the foster child, or the young man I found in a Johnny-coat =
discharged to the streets, with Spina-Bifida, a colostomy and club feet. =
Yes-people are discharged to the streets.  They are those who lost their =
homes due to gentrification, the abused, and the battered from =
dysfunctional homes. Try getting a job with no decent clothes, money for =
uniforms, an education, a shelter address, and no phone. Good luck.=20

=20

Once upon a time a woman named Teresa (sometimes Denise depending on her =
mood) was "dismissed by shelter staff" for not "following the rules". Of =
course the rules were so convoluted,  that she in her mental state and =
physical illness, had no way of comprehending what was being demanded. =
Teresa ended up in the woods murdered for her "canning money".  Her =
murderers beat her to death over a few hours. I identified her grotesque =
beaten remains, only by recognizing some of my clothes she was wearing. =
Her dismissal was a death sentence. The Fortune 500 ballgame went on a =
few yards away with nary a look.

=20

We didn't have a day shelter so I opened one. Hundreds of volunteers =
came forth to work with these homeless citizens, encouraging them, =
feeding them, getting them jobs and counseling with them. I started an =
arts program and the talent discovered was outstanding. The Governor =
invited us to put on a show in the Capital.  If we really had the =
mindset that "Whatsoever you do for the least of My brethren that you do =
unto Me", we would have no homeless.=20

=20

Jude Moriarty

316 Sugar River Drive

Claremont, NH 03743

Telephone. 542-2993

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<DIV>----- Original Message ----- </DIV>
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<DIV style=3D"BACKGROUND: #e4e4e4; font-color: black"><B>From:</B> <A=20
title=3Dnoahshouse@adelphia.net =
href=3D"mailto:noahshouse@adelphia.net">Judith=20
Moriarty</A> </DIV>
<DIV><B>To:</B> <A title=3Dopinion@seacoastonline.com=20
href=3D"mailto:opinion@seacoastonline.com">opinion@seacoastonline.com</A>=
 </DIV>
<DIV><B>Sent:</B> Wednesday, August 25, 2004 12:39 PM</DIV>
<DIV><B>Subject:</B> I Was A Stranger and You saw Me not. </DIV></DIV>
<DIV><BR></DIV>
<DIV class=3DSection1>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency FB'">&nbsp;<B><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold">August =
25-04<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
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<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">Dear=20
Editor:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">Per your=20
article, Aug 25-04, =93Cry for the Homeless=94, it is hard to imagine in =
a state of=20
such wealth and small population, such as <st1:State =
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place=20
w:st=3D"on">New Hampshire</st1:place></st1:State>, why the simple =
teachings of=20
Matthew 25:31-46; the parable of the Sheep and the Goats should be so =
ignored.=20
It &nbsp;seems pretty self explanatory to me; =93For I was hungry and =
you gave me=20
something to eat. I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was sick and =
you=20
looked after me etc.=94 <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">If one is a=20
President=92s wife, or a well known Senator, and caught in the throes of =

alcoholism, one is excused or lauded (with great support) for the =
founding of an=20
expensive rehab center or &nbsp;for longevity in office; despite the =
tragedy of=20
a young woman trapped in a submerged car and suffocating to death. Be it =
a well=20
know celebrity, sports star, political figure, or one of great wealth, a =
person=20
&nbsp;does not bear the same stigma or labeling, &nbsp;of the one who =
finds=20
themselves outside the city gate, having no credentials or wealth to =
secure=20
&nbsp;moneyed justice or fawning forgiveness.=20
&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">As the=20
director of a mental health homeless program in a large CT., Fortune 500 =
city,=20
we too had tent cities for the homeless, on what was called the Gold =
Coast.=20
&nbsp;Easy to label and denigrate the =91other=92, while sitting in the =
bleachers of=20
life, or sumptuous homes, &nbsp;slurping down tumblers of scotch, =
waiting for=20
that next dividend check, lucrative raise, or bonus. Just as wealth is=20
inherited, so too is poverty. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">Who are the=20
homeless? According to the &nbsp;&nbsp;media they are all dope addicts, =
ner=92 do=20
wells, thieves, welfare cheats, drunks, pimps and prostitutes.&nbsp; =
Well so too=20
are the rich but money protects them in their=20
addictions-drunkenness-thievery-and sleeping around. They=92re =
=93eccentric-the=20
rebel-the black sheep (chuckle) of the family=94. They don=92t suffer =
the=20
indignities of being =93thrown out=94 into the cold but rather =93bailed =

out=94.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">In my years=20
with the homeless I challenge anyone to be thrown out into the streets =
with no=20
family, no friends, no income, and not resort to drinking or drugs to =
dull the=20
God awful feeling of being swallowed up by emptiness.&nbsp; Who are the=20
homeless? They are all of us, missing a few paychecks (the wealthy =
exempted), a=20
job outsourced, shut-off notices and a foreclosure on our homes. =
&nbsp;They are=20
the mentally-ill thrown out into the streets during the Reagan onward =
era when=20
institutions across the nation were closed. The crisis centers never=20
materialized (lack of money). Reagan said =93People are homeless because =
they=20
enjoy the great outdoors=94. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">Who are the=20
homeless? The veteran back from war, mentally-traumatized and suffering =
numerous=20
medical issues. They are the AIDS individuals, the elderly, losing their =
homes=20
due to catastrophic medical bills. &nbsp;They are the foster child, or =
the young=20
man I found in a Johnny-coat discharged to the streets, with =
Spina-Bifida, a=20
colostomy and club feet. Yes-people are discharged to the streets. =
&nbsp;They=20
are those who lost their homes due to gentrification, the abused, and =
the=20
battered from dysfunctional homes. Try getting a job with no decent =
clothes,=20
money for uniforms, an education, a shelter address, and no phone. Good =
luck.=20
<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
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<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">Once upon a=20
time a woman named Teresa (sometimes Denise depending on her mood) was=20
=93dismissed by shelter staff=94 for not =93following the rules=94. Of =
course the rules=20
were so convoluted,&nbsp; that she in her mental state and physical =
illness, had=20
no way of comprehending what was being demanded. Teresa ended up in the =
woods=20
murdered for her =93canning money=94. &nbsp;Her murderers beat her to =
death over a=20
few hours. I identified her grotesque beaten remains, only by =
recognizing some=20
of my clothes she was wearing. Her dismissal was a death sentence. The =
Fortune=20
500 ballgame went on a few yards away with nary a=20
look.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
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<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
FB'">We didn=92t=20
have a day shelter so I opened one. Hundreds of volunteers came forth to =
work=20
with these homeless citizens, encouraging them, feeding them, getting =
them jobs=20
and counseling with them. I started an arts program and the talent =
discovered=20
was outstanding. The Governor invited us to put on a show in the =
Capital.&nbsp;=20
If we really had the mindset that =93Whatsoever you do for the least of =
My=20
brethren that you do unto Me=94, we would have no homeless.=20
<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
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<P class=3DMsoNormal><B><FONT face=3D"Agency FB" size=3D4><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Agency =
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Moriarty<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
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River Drive</SPAN></FONT></B></st1:address></st1:Street><B><FONT=20
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<st1:State w:st=3D"on">NH</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode=20
w:st=3D"on">03743</st1:PostalCode></SPAN></FONT></B></st1:place><B><FONT =

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542-2993<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></B></P>
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