Dear Santa:

First of all, let me say I have everything I could ever need in life — don’t worry about me. God provided me with a loving family, good health, wonderful friends and a roof over my head each night.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207;

President & Publisher

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Carlos Ponce

On the homeless - One would think every homeless person would trade his or her lifestyle for something with "three hots and a cot". You would think every homeless person would want a job. With more jobs available in this country than unemployed one would think they would jump at the chance. And we are not just talking jobs that require a college degree or even a high school diploma. I refer you to Marissa Barnett's article: "Shrimp industry reeling from labor shortage"
Needed were people to "dehead, peel, sort, package and freeze" shrimp. Not a job some would want but it does provide a salary. Not enough money you say? "Processing work typically pays about twice the minimum wage, which would be about $14 an hour" according to the article.
Why are there homeless? Mental problems, choice of lifestyle, substance abuse or circumstances beyond their control? Women become homeless usually because of domestic violence. But there are homeless shelters to care for them. Here's a list of services providing shelter in Galveston:
and on the Mainland:

Dan Freeman

"Mr Scrooge, ... it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Victor Krc

During this time of year all Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We can read the beautiful narrative of his birth in Luke 2: 1-20. However we must remember that during the course of his earthly life Jesus said some hard things, among which we find in Matthew 25: 31-46. There Jesus is telling us that even though we all sin by acts of "commission" we can also sin seriously by acts of "omission". Jesus is telling us that whenever we help the poor, needy and oppressed we are actually helping him. He is telling us that we must see him in the poor, needy, and oppressed. We must help the poor, not out of mere philanthropy, but because Jesus himself is in the poor and needy. Similarly, if we do not help the poor and needy out of love for Jesus then the consequences are very bad indeed. We all look at the loving and merciful side of Jesus, and rightly so. But we must also remember that there was definitely a hard edge to Jesus. If someone asks you "What Would Jesus Do?" you can truthfully answer "maybe flip over a few tables" as he did in the temple in Jerusalem.

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