August 6, 2011
It's a pretty Saturday morning even though the weatherman is saying that it is hot and sticky outside. I guess it just depends on where you are sitting. I am sitting in my living room, and who knows where he is. On the weather map, it looks as if there is a lot of rain all over the southeast part of the country and it will be coming our way later today or tonight.
Yesterday's newspaper had a headline that drew my attention. "New law worries welfare advocates." The only time these folks get worried is when we are trying to make sure that the "free" money is being spent legally. So I read the article. Now my dander is up!!! Critics of the new law are saying that it only stigmatizes low-income people as prone to vices and irresponsible with money. They also say that there are no facts to back up having this law.
This new law makes it illegal to use welfare monies to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets. If beneficiaries are caught buying these items with their welfare money they will be required to reimburse the state, and the store owners caught selling them will be fined $500 to $1,000. Mind you, there are lots of ways to get around this law, but I won't go into that here.
I don't think the system goes far enough with this new law. The funds on a recipient's card should not be allowed to be turned into cash - only product. Folks, for years, we have all watched the huge amounts of welfare monies being spent on drugs, alcohol, junk foods, lottery tickets, etc. I don't get any of this money, but I certainly cannot afford to spend what I do have on these things. I don't know about most folks, but I first have to pay to keep a roof over my head, food on my table, and all the bills that go along with living in a house or apartment. And I had to work very hard and long for my money too. Any comments?
Meanwhile, yesterday I mentioned that I haven't seen many dragonflies this year. Shortly after writing that, a couple of them showed up. For the first couple of hours though, I was not able to get photographs because of where they were. This first photo shows a little bare tree branch that is on the other side of the butterflies bushes. I put a circle around the spot where the dragonfly is perched.
This next photo is a close up of that spot. Even though it is quite fuzzy, you can make out the dragonfly sitting on top of that tree limb.
A bit later, the dragonfly came a lot closer, and I was able to get a lot of really nice photos. Those, I will save for tomorrow. Right now, I have to do a bit of laundry. That's all for this morning. Till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Edna B.