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The Banquet of Salem continues to serve good food and good will

October 15, 2013

Headed toward a decade of service, the Banquet in Salem continues to serve hundreds of area residents with good food and good company. The Banquet began Sept. 24, 2004....

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notSocialist

Oct-19-13 6:22 AM

" If you want the government out of the business of feeding people, the best way to start is to prove that the private sector can do it better. Not whine about the private sector also doing it. "

Agreed, Grant. I tithe to the Salvation Army. Good enough?

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notSocialist

Oct-19-13 6:21 AM

"There are those that are in tough financial spots but are too proud to sign up for welfare. They choose to do with far less rather than compromise their principles. God bless them!"

Thanx, rpm!

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rpmwwe

Oct-19-13 12:56 AM

I don't have any animosity towards something like this. I have animosity toward those that get plenty of support through the public sector's multiple food giveaway programs AND food banks AND descend upon these events like vultures. There are those that are in tough financial spots but are too proud to sign up for welfare. They choose to do with far less rather than compromise their principles. God bless them! They are the ones that should be moved right to the front of the line at these dinners, but I'm not going to get all sympathetic when I hear about how we need to do more to feed the fattest starving people in the world. They've been playing us for decades. It's time to say, "No more!" and mean it.

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concerned

Oct-18-13 4:48 PM

We also need to focus our attention on helping them get a job. If you feed a man a fish you have fed him a meal. If you teach a man to fish you have fed him for life.

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GrantMingus

Oct-18-13 4:32 PM

There should be no animosity towards this, ESPECIALLY if you don't support government hand outs. People need help, no doubt about that. I agree that it shouldn't be the job of the government to make that happen via the tax payer. However, without the government the only way things like this could be done is through food bank donations, such as this one. If you want the government out of the business of feeding people, the best way to start is to prove that the private sector can do it better. Not whine about the private sector also doing it.

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rpmwwe

Oct-18-13 12:54 PM

I know this dinner is not the same as a food give away or government welfare but they went way out of their way in this article to try to separate themselves from that image (actually, to the point it was obvious spin). They know who is showing up to these dinners and they know working people who support themselves out of their own pockets are frustrated, otherwise they wouldn't have said that. When we see people getting in line at the food give away programs and they are the same people that routinely display the whole set of government issued food cards at the grocery store, then we can rightly expect some animosity.

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GrantMingus

Oct-18-13 9:30 AM

This isn't the government, that's the point. So if you have no stake in it, why would you care?

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concerned

Oct-17-13 3:29 PM

Grant what is your problem? I said I was glad there are people that are willing to this. I think it is a worthwhile program. I was just pointing out that like the people that want the handouts from government, there are those that will stand in line for anything just because it is free not because they need it.

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GrantMingus

Oct-17-13 3:13 PM

So what? Do you provide donations to it concerned? If so, stop doing it if you don't like the idea of people getting a free meal. If not, why do you care?

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GrantMingus

Oct-17-13 3:13 PM

So what? Do you provide donations to it concerned? If so, stop doing it if you don't like the idea of people getting a free meal. If not, why do you care?

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concerned

Oct-17-13 2:44 PM

Questioner I wasn't saying this was a bad thing. I am sure there are many that go there strictly for the fellowship. But I am sure there are others that go just because it is a free meal. That is all I was saying. Put a sign up and say something is free and people will flock to it even if they don't need it. I am happy that there are those that are willing to do this. But lets face it there are those that take advantage just because it is free.

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questioner

Oct-17-13 9:44 AM

I think you're looking at this wrong.

"It is important to remember too that there are no qualifiers involved. That is anyone wanting to stop in and have a good meal is welcome. There are no stipulations based on need or anything of that sort. It is not a stereotypical soup line...It is akin to a social event, often removing the lonliness out of the day for many. For some, it is even their day's highlight."

While is does meet meal needs for some, a big thing is the social aspect. Too often the need for human comfort and interaction is forgotten. Too many are alone and lonely. My Thanksgiving prayer includes thanks for being set in with family and friends, and a prayer for those without that.

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concerned

Oct-17-13 6:23 AM

when you are handing out something for nothing you are always going to have people standing in line. Look how many people we have standing in the government hand out lines.

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rpmwwe

Oct-17-13 2:21 AM

I didn't know I typed a bad word. WTF?

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rpmwwe

Oct-17-13 2:20 AM

They ought to pass the hat around and see how much in donations they could raise for the next meal (donations only..****pletely voluntary with no expectations involved).

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notSocialist

Oct-15-13 7:07 AM

Must be working. Most of the people standing in the lines look very well-fed.

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