J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-02-2018

Adelaide’s homeless: Calls for greater compassion from city residents and workers

SA Council of Social Service’s Ross Womersley said inner cities are a magnet for people with problems of addiction, mental health, and family breakdowns – all contributing factors to homelessness. For obvious reasons many of the facilities used by homeless people – shelters, detox centres and soup kitchens – also gravitate to the same locations. In Adelaide’s CBD that’s primarily around two spots; the Hutt Street Centre on Hutt Street in the South East corner, and the Salvos about 2 kilometres away on Whitmore Square in the south-west. Both have been there for decades, Hutt Street since the 50s, the Salvos for 147 years, both serving much the same cohort of people. Hutt Street has found itself in the middle of a storm of ‘streets of fear’ stories, with residents and business owners pointing to brawls, antisocial behaviour and begging along the popular restaurant and cafe strip. 

SA Police Superintendent Craig Wall said while there had been a spike in the fear of crime, Hutt Street had not seen a corresponding spike in crime itself. While there’s been no crime spike, Paul Coulson from the Salvos’ Whitmore Square service said around the world, facilities like his do experience peaks and troughs of antisocial behaviour. SAPOL pointed to the fact that there has been more development in the Hutt Street precinct, and it’s a longer street, meaning more ‘opportunities’ for conflict. 20 years of experience also tells him perpetual peace is never the outcome when people in crisis live side-by-side with people whose lives are on track. Owner Tony Straccia lives above the shop, so for the past decade both his working and private lives have unfolded around Whitmore Square. He believes Hutt Street has seen greater gentrification than the square, helping account for the current tensions. 

Two senior welfare advocates have told the ABC the board of the Hutt Street Centre feels under siege, describing the stories of a crime spike as a beat up. 

Keywords: [“Street”,”people”,”Hutt”]
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/how-we-treat-the-homeless/9702840

The Forgotten Story of Thanksgiving: Prosperity Caused By Entrepreneurship

A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community. About forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims – including Bradford’s own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. 

Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives, and half the people weren’t carrying their weight and didn’t have to. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, and they got to keep the bulk of what they produced, thus turning loose the power of Entrepreneurship, Free Enterprise and Capitalism! What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! 

The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. That’s the first Thanksgiving: A thanks to God for their safety, a thanks to God for their discovery, and a thanks to the Indians by sharing the abundance that they themselves produced after first trying what could only be called today Communism, Socialism, or Wealth Redistribution. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends! 

Keywords: [“Bradford”,”first”,”Pilgrims”]
Source: http://www.wrightbusinessit.com/the-forgotten-story-of-thanksgiving…

definition of compassionate by The Free Dictionary

Heart he pulled out his needle and thread, and sewed her together. The patriarch sent me to expostulate the matter with the King, which I did in very warm terms, telling him that we were assured by the Emperor of a reception in this country far different from what we met with, which assurances he had confirmed by his promise and the civilities we were entertained with at our first arrival; but that instead of friends who would compassionate. Our miseries, and supply our necessities, we found ourselves in the midst of mortal enemies that wanted to destroy us. Are mostly hard of heart; not so am I; For mine is tender, soft, compassionate. There was one other event in the memorable past on which he preserved the same compassionate. 

On hearing himself addressed as your Excellency, the Director of the Marionette Theater sat up very straight in his chair, stroked his long beard, and becoming suddenly kind and compassionate. Smiled proudly as he said to Pinocchio:Mrs Deborah approved all these sentiments, and the dialogue concluded with a general and bitter invective against beauty, and with many compassionate. Considerations for all honest plain girls who are deluded by the wicked arts of deceitful men. Ladislaw at Lowick, and Miss Noble made many small compassionate. Lady Lydiard closed the door again, with a compassionate. 

Since the legislative act of 1850, when she heard, with perfect surprise and consternation, Christian and humane people actually recommending the remanding escaped fugitives into slavery, as a duty binding on good citizens,-when she heard, on all hands, from kind, compassionate. Estimable people, in the free states of the North, deliberations and discussions as to what Christian duty could be on this head,-she could only think, These men and Christians cannot know what slavery is; if they did, such a question could never be open for discussion. 

Keywords: [“compassionate”,”Christian”,”Heart”]
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/compassionate

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