Monthly Archives: December 2011

Open Letter to San Mateo County “Movers and Shakers” In Order to Get More Housing for the Disadvantaged


To: Housing Agencies for the Disabled and Elderly

County of San Mateo, California

Re: 2nd Introductory Letter & Survey

Dear Housing Coordinators:


Last December, I wrote to a number of municipal housing coordinators and received only one response. Again I ask for your prompt action in this regional housing matter.


In the future, I would like to hear of more about housing opportunities for the disabled in-need. Our regional unemployment is in double digits and the unemployment rate for disabled Americans exceeds 70%, therefore I believe a focus is needed to both help these people find both housing and jobs.


I am one of the lucky peninsula disadvantaged citizens with a place to live and the where-with-all to continue looking for a work assignment allowing an accommodation.


You have been identified as one of the more effective city/town housing assistance offices. I trust you not only know the growing needs but also understand how to make things happen.


     Would you please send your ideas to: P. O. Box 620928, Woodside, California?  One idea is to set up a charitable trust fund. Another idea is to ask wealthy faith/church-based organizations to pledge financial assistance.


The Board of Supervisors Office has informed me that the county has a ten-year plan to address affordable housing. We cannot wait until 2020.


Yours sincerely,



David A. Dailey



Burlingame – Meg Monroe

Millbrae – Ralph Perry

Redwood City – Debbi Jones-Thomas

San Bruno – Mark Sullivan

San Carlos – Mark Sawicki

San Mateo – Sandy Council

South San Francisco – Norma Fragoso

Mid-Pen Housing Coalition – Matt Franklin

SAMCEDA – Rosanne Foust

Redwood City 2020 – Patricia Brown

MHA of San Mateo County – Melissa Platte

Serve The Peninsula – John Luff

Sustainable San Mateo County – Kari Binley

Board of Supervisors – Don Horsley

California Assembly – Jerry Hill

OCCUPY The Tournament of Roses Parade Festival in PASADENA, Calif.

Hints For The OCCUPY “Festival Of Roses Parade” In PASADENA

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) will have a visible presence at the coming Tournament of Roses Parade along Pasadena, California’s Colorado Boulevard – in 2012 – held the day after New Year’s Day, on the same day prior to the annual Rose Bowl Football Game.

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  • Get there early. Beginning to camp out tonight or tomorrow is the best idea.    Verify with the local authorities that that is OK with them – ensure that they will not ask that you come back some other day.
  • Plan for fun. Dress up in bright color festive outfits that are not red or green (those are Wisconsin or Oregon colors). Avoid drinking alcohol or using controlled substances on the sidewalk camps lining the parade route.
  • Keep up a positive business-minded attitude. Avoid making signs or other devices that would block others’ views of the parade that are standing behind you.
  • Celebrate during the parade. Don’t be disruptive. Cheer rather than jeer as the parade passes by. Occupy Wall Street’s presence will be respected in this way.
  • Check out the Norton Simon Museum. First get your parade viewing spot on the 28th,  29th, or 30th and then pay ten bucks (kids 18 and under are free) to look inside the museum at 411 West Colorado Blvd. This museum features works by Rodin, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt.  You will recognize the museum building.    It serves as the backdrop of TV parade scenes located across the street from the main grandstand viewing area.
  • If you would rather not sleep on the boulevard, look into making reservations at the Langham Huntington Pasadena at 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue. In South Pasadena are the Arroyo Vista Inn (for adults only) and the Bissell House (kid-friendly).
  • Soup, salads, and good sandwiches can be bought near OWS across the Colorado Street Bridge at the Little Flower Candy Company, located at 1424 West Colorado Boulevard.
  • Go to the Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012. It will feature the Pacific-12  Conference’s cute, green, Nike-overdressed, high-scoring Oregon Ducks      (sister Sarah graduated from Eugene in 2005) and the bad, bad, red-and-white Badgers from the University of Wisconsin (my mother attended  college in Madison, too). Watch out for the Ducks getting an early lead and QB Wilson of Wisconsin winning the game for the Big Ten during the second half.




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What ‘Cha Going to Do in 2012?


Will Dr. Oz will stick to nutrition education and other subjects he personally knows very well.


Will political legislators in Washington D.C. and our state capitals will not create unnecessary problems with more silly laws?


What are YOU going to do?


Bitch about arsenic in drinking water affecting less than 5% of Americans? TV Doctor Oz’s producers are fear mongerers. Tuesday’s show with the (President’s Cabinet Secretary) overweight USEPA Director appealed to the fears of Americans.


During the course of the show, they wheeled out all of the following:

  • diseased liver,
  • post-operative heart,
  • cancerous lung, and
  • bladder that had cancer.


Talk about scaring the audience, EPA Administrator, and millions of television viewers!


This begs a question… where are Americans getting valid information about health and safety? From the unreliable Internet? On Twitter? On their Facebook? Somewhere in text messages?


Frankly, modern contemporary Americans are at a big loss.


Young Americans would know better if they would read newspapers, go research items in a library, conduct scientific studies of their own, and avoid passing along rumors and invalid “Old Wives Tales.”


Dr. Oz spooking women, who choose to watch his TV shows, into believing that they may be anemic is one thing. Contributing toward conventional wisdom throughout the United States of America that we have pandemic health or public safety problems is something else.


False information begets fear and anxiety — and fear with ignorance begets stupid decision-making and bad public policies and faulty laws.


Again, my wishes for the new year is that media personalities, like Dr. Oz, will stick to nutrition education and other subjects that “the expert” personally knows very well.


I also wish that our political legislators in Washington D.C. and fifty state capitals will not create unnecessary problems with more silly laws.



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[Have a pleasing, healthy, peaceful, and safe new year!]

Airline Sickness – Susceptibility to Illness on Airline Flights


Cabin breathing air is recycled. Getting sick while traveling on airplanes is common. Air filter system operation while idling is next to nil. Even when it is running well, it is not entirely effective. Air is not humidified. Viruses thrive in dry air under 30% relative humidity.


TSA check points are another source for picking up germs. Just think of putting the dirty soles of your shoes in bins with other personal items. How many times do TSA officers who have had their hands all over the prior customer touch you? While waiting in line, you could be standing in close proximity to someone who is contagious.


Sitting close to other sick passengers is a “no-no.”


Play it safe given the poor air quality on the jetliner. Increase your personal resistance to disease:


  • Eat well,
  • Exercise prior to the flight,
  • Hydration,
  • Saline spray, and use
  • Disinfectant wipes


Avoid shared items – pillows, for instance.


Point the air circulation flow from the overhead nozzle away from your faces.




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Occupy ___________

Occupy Where Ever You R ! 

Occupy Wherever U R !


     Someone brought it to my attention that the Occupy San Francisco will be all sold out.  Camping areas are nearly next to nil. Recently, squatters have been forced to move to a less visible location south of Mission.

     It is nothing like the scene in Santa Rosa whereby the city rec. department issues camping permits to all who register. Most in the current encampment are out-of-towners who expect something for nothing. Too many squatters will not give their names or any other personal identification to anyone associated with.

     At Occupy Cal Berkeley, young men will be supported by numbers of protestors that experienced recent dramatic Occupy Oakland events. Unfortunately, too many tents during winter break led to a police action on the camp.

     Two local TV news reports two busses of protesters commuting from the East Bay. That would be a good and successful idea in light of the mess created by Occupy Oakland proponents.

     Teddy and I ended up lodging in a Klamath Falls hospital, almost against our will, unable to protest at the Oregon state capital, Eugene, or Portland. We are just left contemplating what exactly we will do during the next.

     Across the United States, so many OWS units are making progress but look to be overwhelmed with personal issues and local logistics.


    Let’s keep up the good work… Occupy Wall Street must succeed… for the good of all men (and women, and children)…


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 [ In God We Trust ]

Bah Humbug USA SocioMilitaryIndustrial Complex

Humbug. (written by Dan L. Dailey, copyright 2011)

I was up since early morning copying music CDs onto my hard drive. Presenting daily Grooves requires that I increase my music library at every opportunity. A couple days ago a friend offered me a thick portfolio of music by artists not well represented in my collection and I seized it, literally.

This was a monotonous task.  I listened all day yesterday to NPR’s news programming as I worked through my boring chore. The news was mostly a run-up to the tenth anniversary today of the destruction of the World Trade Towers and our entry as a nation into this dismal decade. I’m sick to death of it. I don’t trust any of this propaganda.

I have the overwhelming impression that we’re being duped.

Whether the official explanation of the disaster is true or not is less important than the fact that we have so much justification today for distrusting anything our governments tell us about 911 or anything else. That so many people have concluded government is so untrustworthy is arguably a greater tragedy than the loss of 2,792 innocent lives ten years ago today.

The tragedy of 911 has been compounded since then by the deaths of 4,683 American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 32,800 troop injuries—20% with serious brain or spinal chord injuries, and 30% with serious mental health disorders. None of these numbers count the families of our troops whose lives have been disrupted or destroyed.

And we’re not even considering the death and human misery we have inflicted on the Iraqis and Afghans: 911,911 killed (interesting number!) and 1,687,780 injured.  This is obscene. It’s pointless. It’s evil.

Is this what America should stand for in the world? Does this make you proud?

Our nation’s sense of trauma and the 911 victims themselves have been cynically exploited by the power elite and their politicians to advance outcomes which are remarkably consistent with George Orwell’s prophesies in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell’s dystopian vision has come true in so many ways: the hegemony of elites, the omnipresent surveillance, a perpetual state of war, mind control and organized hate, destruction of the middle class and deteriorating standards of living, historical revisionism, torture, confiscation of private assets and property, slavery, Osama bin Goldstein, doublespeak, etc.

Our money is untrustworthy and the world economy is on the verge of collapse. Our leaders tell us one thing and do another. They are in the pockets of predatory “banksters” and corporations that care only about expanding their own wealth and power. We wage a phony war on drugs while we support opium production in Afghanistan. Our system of justice is unconcerned with the truth of guilt or innocence, only with making money off the misery of the hapless people ensnared in its hungry, sticky web.

Is it any wonder so many people doubt the truth of what government tells us to believe?

I do not believe the system can be reformed, most certainly not by the selfish hypocrites who dominate the airwaves, political parties, and halls of power. The whole corrupt thing must be swept away and started anew based on a solid foundation of universal morality: absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness, love, and loyalty.

I’m not going to listen to the radio today. It will be better, I think, to enjoy and reflect on the bracing truth, order, and beauty of Nature, which offers the clearest evidence of God’s intentions for our world. It will wash away my doubts and anxieties and restore hope.

۞   ~ Dan L. Dailey

Groove of the Day:

Listen to Johnny Rivers performing “I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water”



No Apples At My House for Christmas or in the New Year



Apple Retail Store Nightmares!!!

     To make a long story short, I cannot in good conscience spend any money on any Apple (Yapple) product (made in China) or recommend that anyone should spend high prices on goods that are not all really that good and are subject to very poor customer service and technical support.

     Almost every day, I am haunted by three recent experiences in a Palo Alto store and two telephone requests for customer assistance. Long wait times for a “specialist” inside the Shallow Alto retail outlet nor on the telephone were the worst of it.

     In an effort to move from a PC-Droid work environment to an Apple (Yapple) MacPro-iPhone office, I faced ungodly frustrations. Complaining to the store manager twice did not offer any relief either.

     My last encounter with Apple was on the afternoon of December 21, 2011.

     Ironically, Apple Incorporated are building ANOTHER store on University Avenue in Palo Alto… poor yapple customers (suckers!)…


Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas! The Son Gives Us More Hope, Love, and Opportunities for Peace

The Babe the Son of Mary


Wintertime blessings to all! Winter Solstice marks a time for the earth to regenerate – Life naturally begins its renewal. May we all experience the joys of the Christmas season and hopes for a happy and healthy new year!


2012 is an American election year that is seemingly too far away. Hence, I would like to get away from the societal evils for a long while.


“I wish had a river so long that I could skate away on.”

~ Joni Mitchell as sung by Sarah McLachlan on the Wintersong CD


Oh, little child ofBethlehem… help us as we approach the coming “leap year.”


“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” my Mom would exclaim. She often told us that The Lord writes straight in crooked lines. Well, perhaps things are out of our control. Nonetheless, may we do our very best. God bless us and the Americas!


~ posted from the SMCMHA’s Spring Street Station




Motor Home Would Make A Great Christmas or Hanukkah Gift !



 2008 Four Winds / Thor Industries 32- foot “Hurricane” Motor Coach For Sale



  • Class A, 32-foot motor home with a Ford V-10 cylinder gasoline engine and six tires


  • Two pull-outs left and right extending the width of the motor home


  • Dual electric roof-mounted air conditioning units front and rear


  • Plenty of natural light inside with 10 windows, one skylight, and two skylight ceiling vents


  • Full bathroom with shower


  • Alpine AM-FM-CD Stereo with 4 Boston Speakers


  • XM/Sirius satellite radio connection


  • 32-inch screen Sony HDTV


  • DVD/VCR player


  • Many other intangibles


  • Bodywork can be performed on the rear and top right.


  • Needs valve repair on at least one of the ten engine valves


  • Warranty of 5 yrs./60,000 miles available


  • Queen-sized bedroom with a Tempur-Pedic mattress


  • LP gas central heating with an 11-gallon fuel tank


  • Gasoline engine with a 65-gallon fuel tank


  • LP gas stove top range with three burners


  • LP gas oven


  • Microwave oven


  • Onan 40 kV generator


  • Three 12-volt utility batteries and one engine battery


  • Fog lights


  • Rear-vision B/W camera monitor


  • Leather sofa with hide-a-bed


  • Convertible dining room table into a double bed


  • Two captain’s chairs up front


  • Cherry wood cabinetry


  • Less than 29,000 miles driven




Vehicle listed new in 2008 at $102,000.00


Available for $44,990.00


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Reprint: Helping Those In-Need (this Christmas season) – Hope – Love – Peace

An Essay By Myles Berg of Palo Alto


     Do we have compassion and mercy for people who have difficulty being able to fully function for themselves? The real question is what do we do about it?

     The easiest way is to give some money to a Christian organization that is providing help both physically and spiritually.

     There are so many requests and I cannot evaluate and respond to them all, so I give to organizations that I know have reputation and outreach, and who provide a new letter on what they have done and are doing. They also come back with the new needs and requests for more money. Does this cycle ever end?

     It is one thing when we are dealing with people in-need; it is another when dealing with failed countries in-need. The problem is in defining the basic cause of the need, we need to understand the source in order to fix it. Often it can be a need that is not resolved by just money (the Band-Aid).

     There is the old saying, “Don’t give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish.” This way we are enabling the people to fill their needs themselves. The best kind of support is one that is self-sustaining. 

     These approaches do not work well in a corrupt government and public system. Giving these systems resources often just makes thinks worse. So we ask the question, “What is wrong with letting some system totally fail?”

     It is often mentioned that this is the only way to get a failed system back into functioning again. This does cause more pain, suffering, and death, but supporting a failed system just continues the existing pain, suffering, and death, which may even get worse.

     Is going in and taking over a country with military force any better? The military option requires a long term commitment, often generations long to rebuild, re-educate, and train the people. What does God’s Word have to say about all this? What are His solutions?


The Greatest Commandment

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40 NIV)

Who is My Neighbor?

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” (Luke 10:29-37 NIV)

Use Your Freedom to Help Others

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:13-14 NIV)

Taking Care Of Others

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:34-46 NIV)

Eye For Eye

You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:38-42 NIV)

Love Your Enemies

You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 NIV) 

Give To The Poor

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:6-11 NIV)

God Has Chosen The Poor

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. (James 2:5-9 NIV)

Have Not Love

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:3-7 NIV)

First Will Be Last

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” … “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”(Matthew 19:16, 21-24, 30 NIV)

Helped Other Person and Prayed

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. (Acts 10:1-2 NIV)


“Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in-need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.

Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” …  “If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in-need.” (1 Timothy 5:3-10, 16 NIV)

Ask, Seek, and Knock

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:7-12 NIV)

Be At Peace

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19 NIV)

You Do Not Have

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:1-3 NIV)

Interpretation of Scripture – A Few Key Points 

  • The Greatest Commandment: This is the basis for all the other passages on helping people. This leads to a very broad definition of love. To love one another includes helping them when they are in-need.


  • Taking Care Of Others:  This gives the broad reach of loving others and the judgments to come for those who do not. Loving one another is a primary commandment, and thus we would expect discipline when we are not aggressively following this commandment.


  • Ask, Seek, Knock: This in general summarized our seeking God to help us in loving others. Some of the related headings give reasons why we have problems in following God’s commandments to love others. We do not have because we do not ask God who only give us the best which may not be what we desire, but what we need.


  • Widows: This relates to the tradition was that the widow should remarry if younger or be the responsibility of the relatives of older. Basically this indicates that the family has the primary responsibility for help. They may need help to do this, but they are an important link in the process.

 Summary and Conclusions

     How can we not have compassion for those who are struggling in life due to their low functional abilities?

     There are major ethical, moral, and legal problems however. Are we really helping them for the long-term recovery or are we just delaying the inevitable with a longer life of pain and suffering?

     There comes a time when death is the final outcome. There should be an Advance Directive for Health Care to give guidance in these cases, which helps in establishing the “right” things to do. These are “high level” decisions with the patient, family, doctor, and perhaps a pastor if they are believers. God has set a time for our death when our work on Earth is over, but very seldom does anyone know the day or the hour.

     On a personal level, we may see ourselves in that position and want to do for them what we would like someone to do for us if we are ever in that low functioning ability. The old golden rule“ Do unto others what you would like them to do for you.” (Matthew 7:12 above). There is a lot of good counseling that can be done to help both the patient and those working with them. The initial objective is to establish a good relationship and then help can be more productive.

     Again, as there are many levels in a patient functionality, there are many levels in support that a person can give from just a friendly hello and short visit to a deeper relationship. It all depends upon the circumstances and the needs.

     Life is not about us but about loving God and others. We were created to love others. It was never planned that we would be alone and self-sufficient but in close community with others and supporting one another and thanking God for all He has done for us.

     Before helping anyone we need to pray for God’s direction and empowerment so that our help brings loving support to those in-need and gives the glory to God. We need to help people God’s way and not allow them to just drift along in the ways of the world. Helping others is not about our abilities and strengths, but about God’s direction and empowerment through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit.

            @   Myles R. Berg      01/13/11