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thomhartmann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-11 02:53 PM
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61. "You can tell the poverty of a nation by the age of its hitchhikers"
When I was in Russia after the collapse, a friend, Horst Von Heyer, who's done international relief work all over the world for 40+ years, made that comment to me. Everywhere in Russia at that time, people were hitchhiking, and often it was elderly people. "You can tell the poverty of a nation by the age of its hitchhikers." It was such a vivid experience/memory that I put it in my book "The Prophet's Way."
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  -I cried twice today.... mrmpa  May-21-11 09:52 PM   #0 
  - ~~~  bobbolink   May-21-11 09:56 PM   #1 
  - Oh they hear about it, they also witness it, they also have learned to look the  AuntPatsy   May-21-11 10:06 PM   #7 
     - And where are *WE* in all of that?  bobbolink   May-21-11 10:38 PM   #14 
     - Not sure what u r asking but in my mind we are all in this together, sadly  AuntPatsy   May-21-11 11:46 PM   #19 
        - You were saying "they" this and "they" that.  bobbolink   May-22-11 11:13 AM   #32 
           - I see your frustration with the term they, let me clarify, they are "us"  AuntPatsy   May-22-11 11:15 PM   #92 
              - Thank you for clarifying. Let me clarify *my* stance.  bobbolink   May-22-11 11:34 PM   #93 
                 - Where I reside believe it or not I see no homeless, but then again I am situated  AuntPatsy   May-23-11 12:19 AM   #95 
                    - OK, then... because you don't see us, we must not exist, and nobody here needs to do anything at all  bobbolink   May-23-11 08:27 AM   #99 
                       - I understand your frustration and firmly believe this is adding to miscommunication  AuntPatsy   May-23-11 11:15 AM   #100 
                          - SIXTEEN PERCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!  bobbolink   May-23-11 11:22 AM   #101 
                             - I get it and to me 16 percent is still too much, like I said I do not ignore  AuntPatsy   May-23-11 01:05 PM   #102 
                                - I see. So the only ones on your list are the homeless people who are "mentally ill"?  bobbolink   May-23-11 09:14 PM   #103 
     - Please watch this promo for a video narrated by Martin Sheen:  bobbolink   May-22-11 01:45 PM   #56 
  - Godspeed indeed. And may our leaders come to their senses before we have to fight.  bluerum   May-21-11 10:00 PM   #2 
  - Happiness and sadness seems to go hand in hand these days, it's horrible  AuntPatsy   May-21-11 10:00 PM   #3 
  - +1,000 to what you said.  freshwest   May-22-11 12:51 AM   #24 
  - Strangely enough, so did I...  pipi_k   May-21-11 10:00 PM   #4 
  - I understand--my best to you.  mrmpa   May-21-11 10:04 PM   #5 
  - oh no... I'm so sorry  renate   May-22-11 05:44 PM   #70 
  - We did something like that some years ago for a woman on crutches  RKP5637   May-21-11 10:04 PM   #6 
  - I hate to even say this, but ... why did you leave her?  Flaxbee   May-21-11 10:09 PM   #8 
  - There were no truck stops in the direction I was going...  mrmpa   May-21-11 10:13 PM   #9 
     - I'm sorry for her and you both  Dem_in_Nebr.   May-22-11 12:51 PM   #46 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   May-21-11 10:16 PM   #10 
  - WTF? At worst the OP still did this person a favor. nt  Lucky Luciano   May-21-11 11:59 PM   #20 
  - The ramp was 20 feet from a gas station--in a heavily populated  mrmpa   May-22-11 12:15 AM   #21 
  - you've obviously never hitchhiked -- this is how it's done. she has the best chance of getting her  nashville_brook   May-22-11 08:57 AM   #28 
  - What is wrong with you?  treestar   May-22-11 12:03 PM   #40 
  - You're not a troll. Calling you a troll would be too kind. You're an ORC.  kestrel91316   May-22-11 01:32 PM   #51 
  - Or a Dalek, maybe.  Ken Burch   May-22-11 09:43 PM   #89 
  - I would've driven her to the bus station and purchased her ticket -  TBF   May-22-11 01:43 PM   #55 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   May-21-11 10:16 PM   #11 
  - Ms. Joad.  postulater   May-21-11 10:28 PM   #12 
  - Just on the other side of consciousness...  The Doctor.   May-21-11 10:33 PM   #13 
  - Another good reply for our awakening.  freshwest   May-22-11 12:53 AM   #25 
  - I know some are criticizing you for dropping her off at a ramp  left is right   May-21-11 10:44 PM   #15 
  - Exactly... a lot of people passed her by  OhioBlue   May-21-11 11:26 PM   #17 
  - Thank you!!!!  mrmpa   May-22-11 12:16 AM   #22 
  - Good on you !  jaysunb   May-21-11 10:57 PM   #16 
  - .  Coyote_Bandit   May-21-11 11:43 PM   #18 
  - Republicans are what is wrong with this country. They suck. They are mean.  Zorra   May-22-11 12:22 AM   #23 
  - And we are complicit by allowing it.  bobbolink   May-22-11 12:16 PM   #44 
  - 1+  XanaDUer   May-22-11 02:24 PM   #58 
  - Score another victory for greed ...  GeorgeGist   May-22-11 08:08 AM   #26 
  - I don't think you got her entire story.  Zax2me   May-22-11 08:33 AM   #27 
  - Of course she "asked people close to her if she has abused alcohol...  Melinda   May-22-11 10:43 AM   #30 
  - Excellently written, Melinda!  bobbolink   May-22-11 12:00 PM   #39 
  - Thanks for the kind support Bobbi, but more especially thanks to you...  Melinda   May-22-11 07:05 PM   #73 
     - Thanks so much for your kind words! That means more than you know!  bobbolink   May-22-11 08:32 PM   #80 
        - Advocation, resources, education, and self-reliance  Melinda   May-22-11 09:09 PM   #84 
           - That is quite a job! I am particularly interested in the paralegal aspect.  bobbolink   May-22-11 09:40 PM   #87 
  - What a great answer! One with true understanding, empathy and compassion.  Auntie Bush   May-22-11 05:59 PM   #71 
     - I'm just another in a long line of liberal's...  Melinda   May-22-11 07:07 PM   #74 
        - What a nice compliment!  Auntie Bush   May-22-11 07:12 PM   #76 
  - So what if she did have those problems?  greenbird   May-22-11 10:56 AM   #31 
  - +1  treestar   May-22-11 12:05 PM   #43 
  - What difference does it make?  Aerows   May-22-11 11:15 AM   #33 
  - Right...  vim876   May-22-11 11:26 AM   #35 
  - The right wing has taught us to despise...  CoffeeCat   May-22-11 05:08 PM   #68 
     - True, every word you speak. However, more important is, that was an UNPROVEN CHARGE.  bobbolink   May-22-11 08:37 PM   #82 
     - Nursing is a very physically demanding job.  Frank Cannon   May-23-11 07:29 AM   #98 
     - +1. Very nicely said.  Frank Cannon   May-23-11 07:27 AM   #97 
  - Are you aware that only about 24% of homeless people have substance problems?  bobbolink   May-22-11 11:32 AM   #37 
  - LPN not an RN  treestar   May-22-11 12:04 PM   #42 
  - LPN work is little better than minimum wage.  kestrel91316   May-22-11 01:35 PM   #53 
     - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   May-22-11 05:04 PM   #67 
  - Would that make a difference to you? Would you leave her walking on the road  lunatica   May-22-11 12:57 PM   #47 
  - !  bobbolink   May-22-11 01:18 PM   #49 
  - Just don't understand the concept of "Charity", do you?  Ikonoklast   May-22-11 01:21 PM   #50 
  - Orc #3. Boy, this thread is sure full of them.  kestrel91316   May-22-11 01:35 PM   #52 
  - Or maybe she can't keep up with  NOLALady   May-22-11 03:48 PM   #63 
  - HEY EVERYBODY LOOK OVER HERE AT THIS COMMENT!  mntleo2   May-22-11 07:51 PM   #78 
     - Wow... Bravo Cat in Seattle.... (Standing Ovation here)  Melinda   May-22-11 09:21 PM   #86 
        - Cat is a treasure! Her understanding of the issue is unsurpassed.  bobbolink   May-22-11 09:42 PM   #88 
  - There are many times I wish I had limitless income.  a la izquierda   May-22-11 10:36 AM   #29 
  - There is much that can be done without money. We post those things from time to time.  bobbolink   May-22-11 11:38 PM   #94 
     - You know I know this...  a la izquierda   May-23-11 06:35 AM   #96 
  - This is so sad :(  Vehl   May-22-11 11:21 AM   #34 
  - Homelessness among elderly people is rising rapidly.  bobbolink   May-22-11 11:39 AM   #38 
  - omg. Hope the woman makes it to her sisters quickly and safely  Liberal_in_LA   May-22-11 11:29 AM   #36 
  - I would have dropped her off at greyhound or amtrak and bought her a bus ticket  glowing   May-22-11 12:03 PM   #41 
  - That sort of thing is why I would love to win the lottery. Lots of people out  kestrel91316   May-22-11 01:37 PM   #54 
  - Thank you for doing what you could, and a lot more than some ever will. eom  jtuck004   May-22-11 12:45 PM   #45 
  - thank you for your courage and your compassion  AlecBGreen   May-22-11 01:16 PM   #48 
  - Me. I'm such a softy...  Butch350   May-22-11 01:53 PM   #57 
  - Good for you-I love your thoughts  mrmpa   May-22-11 05:38 PM   #69 
  - In a way, it's like some bizarro circle of life.  Vinca   May-22-11 02:38 PM   #59 
  - We're supposed to believe that this is just economics, that we all take our knocks,  lutherj   May-22-11 02:42 PM   #60 
  - "You can tell the poverty of a nation by the age of its hitchhikers"  thomhartmann   May-22-11 02:53 PM   #61 
  - Since there are so many of us along her route  EC   May-22-11 03:26 PM   #62 
  - What an idea! A modern day underground railroad!  bobbolink   May-22-11 08:35 PM   #81 
  - What a wonderful idea.  Doremus   May-22-11 08:51 PM   #83 
  - thank you for helping  trud   May-22-11 04:14 PM   #64 
  - I used to work for an agency for homeless services.  JDPriestly   May-22-11 04:48 PM   #65 
  - That's nice of you.  Renew Deal   May-22-11 04:53 PM   #66 
  - I've given a hitchhiker a ride over 500 miles  DissedByBush   May-22-11 06:15 PM   #72 
  - K&R  Shining Jack   May-22-11 07:11 PM   #75 
  - I don't think I would have left her on the ramp.  SmileyRose   May-22-11 07:17 PM   #77 
  - In solidarity with all those subject to the fleecing of America  HCE SuiGeneris   May-22-11 08:02 PM   #79 
  - Glad she had somewhere to go. Hope the bureaucracy will send her checks to the right place once  earcandle   May-22-11 09:20 PM   #85 
  - Some people say that taxing the rich means "penalizing success"  Ken Burch   May-22-11 09:46 PM   #90 
     - Excellent point. But we have been well-trained to blame the victims, so it doesn't register.  bobbolink   May-22-11 10:32 PM   #91 

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