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Andi Elliott: Lions’ Misstep

July 2nd, 2013 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

On June 26 at the regular meeting of the Hamer Lions Club, a member made a request to use the building as a local food bank. I explained that I was not in favor of this request as I know of repeated abuses of the use of food banks. Folks are coming from outside of the community to gather boxes of food and then going on to the next food bank and so forth… It’s becoming quite a racket (kind of like voter fraud)…made all the worse that all restrictions to qualify for a food box have now been dropped. I requested a vote on this issue and after some discussion, was the only dissenting vote.

During the discussion, I pointed out that we have around the corner from our building, a LDS church which cares for our community members in need. And even in our small town of Hamer, the Lions Club helps our neighbors in need of assistance. The Mormons have an exceptionally well coordinated program of helping families while at the same time giving them an opportunity to retain their dignity by completing service work if physically able. I know of no other such organization that accomplishes these efforts so well as the LDS church. They have set an example that should be the standard for all religious organizations.

But now we are going to allow outsiders to step in and intervene in our mission as Christians. We are Biblically admonished to care for our neighbors and to allow outsiders to dictate to us is simply wrong… But hey, it’s a lot easier for us to accede our responsibility than to shoulder the burden ourselves.

And since the vote was one of acquiescence to outside influence and loss of local control, I’m going to be one of their first “first customers” and go get a box of food for my dogs. Hey, there are no restrictions…so why not take advantage of the largess of outsiders? It doesn’t take long to become accustomed to standing in line at the public trough, does it? And after the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision this week, we can now marry our cows so hope the food banks have a good supply of hay and grains…preferably “whole grains”.

Andi Elliott


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