My wingman handed Mary two hot meals and a bag with milk, bread and an orange as I explained we were volunteers from
"Oh, thank you so much!" she said. "I'm so surprised and thankful to see you. Did you bring my newspaper, too?"
Oops. Delivery of just about every staple of local life was delayed in the wake of the Blizzard of '17.
Kristen put us to work in
While Joe and I struggled to navigate an unfamiliar route,
This, of course, is a damned lie. Last year,
Responding to backlash from those opposed to the heartless targeting of the vulnerable, some Trump apologists bleated that federal funding for
Candidate Trump swore up and down that
Mary buried a husband in 1980 and recently lost a daughter and a niece. She retired at 63 from a career in Tupperware. Aside from a cat named Munchkin and four other felines who call her front porch home, Mary lives a solitary life. She crochets and watches the
Mary looks forward to the company that comes with her
"I've gone out on deliveries, and I can tell you we're not just delivering meals," said the 57-year-old executive chef of
"Personally, it's nice to not be making some restaurant owner or corporation richer," John said. "I'm working for a good cause. I know that what I do matters."
John's assistant chef is
Making it work
The whole operation has just 14 employees and relies on between 100 and 150 volunteers to finish the job. It is hard work that makes a difference despite
"This is about serving people in abject poverty,"
"What happened to the idea of taking care of the people who fought for us, that they earned our respect and support? Now we're focused on protecting some 35-year-old's investments in the stock market over the interests of the 85-year-old veteran of pick-any-war."
Kristen, who is 39 and lives in
"He's not rich, but he wants to help," Kristen said. "If he can see that just a little bit of money can make a huge difference, why can't the government?"
That's a question for Trump's Republican enablers in
First thing Monday morning, I plan to call these three and invite them on a field trip to where budget cuts bleed. I'll drive. All they have to do is look
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