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Lessons learned from 10 years of serving homeless people

Uploaded: Nov 16, 2023
Kevin F. Adler discussed his 10 years of outreach and service to homeless people on the streets of San Francisco last week at the Commonwealth Club as he launched his book, “When We Walk By.”

Adler, whose uncle struggled with mental illness and was homeless for a season before dying at 50, tuned his heart to the struggle that homeless people face when most of us—me included from my days bypassing panhandlers in Berkeley—ignore them. Instead, Adler brought a thermos of hot tea and some biscuits to the street, sat down and engaged with people.

That led to his founding of Miracle Messages when he learned that many of them had lost contact with family and friends. He invited them to record a message—this has shifted to other methods to reach out—but all involved social media sleuths finding folks and helping them connect.

During the pandemic, when San Francisco housed many people living on the street in single-occupancy hotel rooms that were empty during the lockdown, his non-profit launched Miracle Friends so volunteers from anywhere were paired with people and committed to touch bases by text or phone weekly.

As that program matured—they still need many more volunteers—they also piloted a basic income program of $500 per month. When the results were tallied, they found that two-thirds of the people had improved their situation. Thanks to other major donors, they’re testing it with a significantly larger program in Los Angeles.

Miracle Messages now has operating chapters in Florida, Los Angeles and Texas in addition to San Francisco.

Adler, who grew up in Livermore, is in the process of stepping aside as the CEO after 10 years. His board is recruiting for the new leader.

You can learn more about volunteering at their website www.miraclemessages.org or watch his Commonwealth Club interview at https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2023-11-07/kevin-adler-ending-homelessness-america
In my role as board member of Shepherd’s Gate, I tuned in to the Brentwood Planning Commission meeting last week when members considered the expansion plans for our campus there. There was praise of the program for the women and children, but almost no comment about anything to do with the expansion that will allow Shepherd’s Gate to offer the same program it has on the Livermore campus.
Instead, discussion focused on the city attorney’s insistence that our application complies with a new state mandate. Shepherd’s Gate was founded almost 40 years ago to care for women and their children and help them, through the grace of Jesus, to get their lives back on track. We have never served men and, in fact, don’t allow boys in our facilities once they turn 12 and puberty approaches.
The city rejected our language about serving women and children and instead insisted we use the gender-neutral term “individuals.” Commissioners and staff went around-and-around on this for about an hour before finally settling on “persons.”
I guess, sadly, it fits with a state that allows biological males to compete in women’s sports.

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Posted by Roshana Stein, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 10:50 am

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It's called equality and no one should be discriminated against based on their personal identity whether it be gender or ethnicity based.

Only bigots and phobia internalized individuals strive to limit opportunities for others.

We can do better than that providing we maintain an open mind. Closed-minded individuals are 99% responsible for all of our contemporary problems involving economic and social inequality.

It is amazing how so many self-professed white Christians in America are more concerned about their own well-being and self-serving dogmas rather than the well-being of others who do not happen to match their skin color or culture.

Jesus would be ashamed of this heartless development.


Posted by Keith Strickland, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 11:13 am

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When it comes to competitive sports, the acceptance of gender identity is a one-sided coin.

No one seems to complain when biological girls compete with boys but if a male identifies as a female and competes in women's athletic competititons, a major uproar ensues among countless self-righteous bigots, many whom self- identify as Christians.

Times have changed and what was once acceptable (or non-acceptable then) has changed as people become more enlightened.

My niece in Iowa is a prep school soccer player who was asked to be the placekicker on her all-male high school varsity football team because she is capable of kicking a 40 yard field goal with consistency.

She declined the invitation because a male friend who recently transgendered was disqualified from participating in the school's girls cross country team.

To date the varsity football team has lost four games by a total of three points each. Good for them as there is no room for hypocritical bigots who want to eat their cake and have it too.


Posted by Bob Cole, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 11:51 am

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If boys want to compete as girls, they should not have any male genitalia intact.

The transgender world is merely a make-believe endeavor, no different than a small child dressed in a Halloween costume and pretending to be something else.

Girls should not be allowed to compete in boys sports either.


Posted by Darrell Johnson, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 12:07 pm

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What I find perplexing is that the majority of transgender males still prefer the company of women.

Like why would a male choose to identify as female just to become a lesbian?


Posted by The Nomad, a resident of another community,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 12:44 pm

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When I found myself homeless during the 2020 pandemic, it was the loneliest place in the world because of the stay at home mandates and various retail and public closures.

With no place left to go, I could not be seen wandering about in public and seriously considered ending it all.

During the winter evenings, I slept outdoors and got heavily rained on several times. After contracting pneumonia, I was admitted to the county hospital where I received IV antibiotics for two weeks. Upon my release, life returned to the same as it was earlier.

After receiving my pandemic stimulus checks, I was able to purchase a cheap used car which served as both a home and means of transportation though I could not afford to insure or register it.

Today I am still homeless because I have learned to adapt to the conditions and I try to help others in the same predicament acclimate to an environment of hopelessness and despair.

For some, drugs and alcohol relieve the pain of homelessness but I have chosen Jesus to be my compass in life even though he has yet to deliver anything positive or reassuring.

Maybe Karl Marx was correct in calling religion the opiate of the downtrodden.

Meanwhile the countless members of the clergy live like kings. It ain't right.


Posted by Justin Howells, a resident of Diablo,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 12:51 pm

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@Nomad: Not at clergy live like kings at the expense of their flock. What you are describing is more reflective of bishops and cardinals in the Catholic Church.


Posted by Stephanie Ross, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 1:03 pm

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@Justin...it's not just the Catholic clergy.

The Dalai Lama has an extensive collection of Rolex watches while various TV evangelists live a life of luxury and excess.

A true person of faith does not flaunt material wealth while expounding the spiritual world.

As Jesus once said, "Beware of false prophets."

So if you happen to see a self-professed holy man wearing an Armani suit and driving a BMW, chances are he's a fraud.


Posted by Heloise Petrie, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 4:02 pm

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It would seem to me that a true Christian (aka a devout follower of Christ) would not be judgemental of others.

Instead, too many evangelicals tend to resort to the harsher teachings of the Old Testament to promote their respective agendas.

People are people and until we finally learn to accept or tolerate one another regardless of our differences, the world is destined for further tragedies.


Posted by Deidre Callan, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Nov 16, 2023 at 4:29 pm

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Amen to your closing paragraph Ms. Petrie. Unfortunately both sides involved in the current war in Gaza (Hamas and Israel) are stubborn and cannot accept each other for who they are.

At one time in the 1500s, Catholics and Protestant caliphats despised one another but after many unnecessary wars and bloodshed, they finally learned to co-exist while still despising each other.

Israel and Palestine should follow suit!


Posted by Adrian Lochner, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 6:19 am

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On the topic of homelessness, it was abhorrent how the City of San Francisco cleared-out homeless encampments in order to present a more positive city image for the current APEC conference.

This is no different than when the authorities moved a large number of immigrants at the southern border for a Biden photo-op to show that he had the immigration problem under control.

Rather than create fake imageries, the country should be addressing these issues with truth and transparency.

Like at the southern border, once the dignitaries have long departed, things will return to their normal state of blight in San Francisco.

The SF Visitors and Convention Bureau is putting on a fake city appearance merely for the sake of commerce and this is wrong.


Posted by Trey Morales, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 8:49 am

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The only issue I have with some of these support groups is that they should not be pushing religion and prayer as messaging tools.

It is also inappropriate to incorporate prayer during or after public high school football games because religion has absolutely nothing to do with the final outcome or score.

Since we are now a nation of various cultures and religious identities, these types of indoctrinations and practices should be private (if at all) and limited to those who willingly wish to participate.

My nephew in Florida was suspended from his varsity football team for a week because he refused to.pray following a game. The coach is some sort of evangelical zealot who would be better suited sermonizing at the pulpit rather than defining X's and O's for the Friday Night Lights.


Posted by Taking A Stand Against Inequity, a resident of another community,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 9:16 am

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My son asked me if it was OK for him to kneel and raise a fist during the national anthem preceding his public high school football game and I told him it was alright providing he had something legitimate to protest.

Fortunately we reside in a very liberal and secular community that encourages dissent when warranted.


Posted by The Trump Solution to Homelessness, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 1:34 pm

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Donald Trump has suggested criminalizing homelessness with safety nets.

He would give homeless individuals with mental health or drug dependency issues the option of either seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment or jail.

And those unwilling to be resituated in government-sanctioned urban homeless shelters would have the opportunity to move to tent cities far away from the cities they currently proliferate. He would also provide social services and healthcare to those resettling in these more remote areas.

His goal is to make our cities 'beautiful again' and to reduce homeless-related crime.

Mr. Trump is on the right track while President Biden continues to skirt the issue.

We cannot continue to rely on churches and liberal do-gooders to resolve the problem of homelessness because the challenges are insurmountable.


Posted by Mildred Thorpe, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 1:47 pm

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That is a wonderful idea crafted by President Trump as there are many outskirt regions in CA to accommodate his plan.

The SF Bay Area homeless population could be moved further inland to areas like Solano County and the Sierra foothills while LA has the option of moving the homeless to undesirable locales such as San Bernardino and Riverside counties. San Diego County could easily move its homeless population to the Imperial Valley.

Santa Cruz also has a major homeless problem and the downtown homeless might be better suited somewhere in rural San Benito County.

The solution is easy if we simply follow Mr. Trump's vision and profound sense of humanity.


Posted by Colin Peterson, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 17, 2023 at 1:58 pm

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Earth to Trumpsters...like most of his grand ideas, rounding-up the homeless under these 'humanitarian' mandates would prove unconstitutional.


Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 6:57 am

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It is not a coincidence that homelessness has greatly increased as the state legalized marijuana. Study after study concludes that use of marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs, and so many of the homeless are drug addicts. We send a horrible message to our youth that marijuana use for any reason is a good thing, and we are creating a young generation of drug using, non-motivated individuals who will add nothing to society while being reliant on taxpayers for social services. Senator Feinstein made similar comments in opposing legalizing marijuana for non-medical reasons.


Posted by Robin Farrell, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 8:36 am

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@D...to blame marijuana usage for the homeless problem is inconclusive.

While marijuana can be a gateway drug to harder and more dangerous drugs, many people smoke pot and leave it at that. Your assessment is like saying beer is a gateway beverage to distilled spirits and while many alcoholics started off by drinking beer, there are countless people who drink only beer or wine.

As far as drugs go, fentanyl and methamphetamine are the predominant sources of substance abuse among the homeless including cheap hard liquor.

While the CA legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has made it more accessible to adolescents because their parents can now purchase it legally, the scenario is no different than three generations ago when kids were sneaking into their parent's liquor cabinet or swiping beer from the refrigerator.

The concept of a lazy and shiftless pot smoker is a stereotype as there are many professional workers who smoke weed not only before work but during their off-hours as well.

And while the smoking of pot could be detrimental if one is employed in law enforcement, public transportation, or healthcare services, for professions like teaching, law, software development, and advertising, it might actually improve their work output.

The key is to enjoy the high but keep your priorities 'straight.'


Posted by Zhao Li, a resident of another community,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 9:32 am

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Cannabis is thought to have been discovered in northwestern China 3,000 to 10,000 years ago and it is a vital part of Chinese herbal therapy along with other herbs and roots.

Marijuana can be used as a tincture, food additive, and smoke making it one of the most useful natural RXs known to man.

Though Chinese of the past have often been stereotyped as opium smokers, marijuana is a safe 'go too' drug and has been enjoyed by many high-achievers (no pun intended) in a variety of professional fields.

@D: Please do not villianize a relatively harmless plant by directly attributing it to the homeless problem in America.

The 'Reefer Madness' mindset was created by a racist and neurotic drug czar named Henry Anslinger during the 1939s and his blind policies are no longer relevant or accurate in these modern times.


Posted by Carolyn Peters, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 9:42 am

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D...since we are not homeless and own our own house, is it OK for us to smoke marijuana in the privacy of our kitchen, living room, bedroom, and back yard?

We do not want to exacerbate the homeless problem in America by contributing to it via smoke.


Posted by Max Edwards, a resident of another community,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 10:45 am

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I smoked a lot of weed in Nam while serving in the infantry because as a draftee, there was no reason for me and others in the same boat to even be there in the first place. It kept us sane as we were not defending America or democracy, just hypocrisy.

The Pentagon Papers revealed that this wartime endeavor was little more than a losing battle right from the start yet the American politicians and money-grubbing industrialists supporting the war continued to pursue this hopeless venture.

Even the U.S. Army abandoned its efforts to prosecute renegade pot smokers by the late 1960s because the military authorities had little ground to stand on.

To blame homelessness in America as per D is akin to blaming dogs for having fleas.


Posted by Another Viet Nam War Vet, a resident of another community,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 11:04 am

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I popped a lot of greenies while on patrol in order to stay alert and smoked a lot of pot while back at base.

Ho Chi Minh was the Abraham Lincoln of Viet Nam and as Muhammed Ali once noted, no Viet Cong ever called him the N-word.

As another black man fighting another white man's war, smoking marijuana was the least of my concerns.


Posted by Ben Croft, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 11:18 am

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@D...Whenever I've ventured into the Tenderloin, I've never seen homeless people passing a joint around. They are generally sharing a pipeload of meth or used needles for heroin.

They would probably be better off smoking weed.


Posted by Paul Dennison, a resident of another community,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 12:55 pm

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I agree that some jobs (or in my case, a calling) are not adversely affected by smoking pot.

As an ordained minister I find smoking marijuana brings me closer to God and it is not uncommon for me to spark a joint prior to conducting Sunday services.

During my undergraduate college years and prior to attending theology school, I majored in Cultural Anthropology and had the benefit of traveling to remote regions where psylocibin and peyote were integrative parts of a focused religious experience.

As a result, I have no problem with marijuana which is a soft drug and an illuminating experience providing the THC potency is there.


Posted by Belinda Davis, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 1:18 pm

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With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it would be a nice gesture if all of us were to invite at least one homeless individual into our homes for a holiday feast with all of the trimmings.

We are planning such an endeavor as my stepson is currently homeless and living in his car somewhere in the Sierra foothills.

Kinfolk aside, others might consider doing the same. What is there to lose by expressing the true Christian spirit of looking after and helping others?


Posted by Marcia Watkins, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 2:07 pm

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Rather than inviting strangers of dubious background into our homes for Thanksgiving, wouldn't it be safer and far less stressful if we simply roasted a bunch of turkey drumsticks and then handed them out to the homeless on the streets?

The key is not to forget that there are others out there less fortunate.


Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 19, 2023 at 3:46 pm

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Nobody goes from not doing any drugs to suddenly doing meth and becoming homeless. Numerous medical studies all conclude use of marijuana is gateway drug to harder drugs. If we stop the marijuana use and we can significantly stop people from later becoming drug addicts and spiraling into homelessness. Using marijuana for medicinal reasons, and for those who were in vietnam is totally understandable, but making it a recreational drug for any reason is problematic. Those people who we see in the tenderloin doing meth and being homeless all started with marijuana.


Posted by Eldon Criss, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 20, 2023 at 1:11 pm

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D: You are correct in that marijuana is usually the first drug (along with alcohol) where most addicts begin their journey into further substance abuse.

That said, perhaps you might also concur that some people have a predisposition towards extended substance abuse while countless others don't.

It might be attributable to family genetics as chronic alcoholism is oftentimes an inherited trait.

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need drugs, alcohol, (or lawyers) but some people handle stress and life's expectations differently.


Posted by Joe V, a resident of Birdland,
on Nov 20, 2023 at 4:16 pm

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Tim once again did a fabulous job of bringing out people to express themselves in the comment section.


Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 20, 2023 at 6:41 pm

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Inviting someone you know who is homeless into your home is kindhearted. A total stranger should be against your better judgment, whether he's homeless or not. It's not safe.

If the homeless don't have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving, there are churches who serve the homeless. They're served a meal, given clothing, etc. Local churches handle this very well, and the homeless know this.


Posted by Yuri Kosgroves, a resident of another community,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 8:13 am

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I agree that while inviting a homeless person into your home for Thanksgiving dinner is both a kindhearted and Christian gesture, it could pose dangers if they are mentally unstable.

I like the idea of handing out turkey drumsticks to the homeless if you have the time and resources to prepare them in advance. Since coming to America I have learned that turkey is not only for Thanksgiving.

Several years ago I attended a Renaissance Faire in Novato and saw many people in period costumes eating turkey drumsticks as they perused the various activities.

Distributing turkey drumsticks to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day would be a nice gesture and provide them an opportunity to give thanks on this special day.


Posted by Marianne Duncan, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 8:30 am

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I don't think we'd be having this discussion if the Pilgrims had served liver at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

I am also trying to picture hundreds of homeless individuals sitting around eating turkey drumsticks on Thanksgiving Day.

Perhaps marijuana is a gateway drug to expanded consciousness.


Posted by Jamie Templeton, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 8:59 am

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What I don't get is that every Thanksgiving holiday, the President of the United States 'pardons' a white turkey and most likely dines on roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

What is this pardon supposed to symbolize...a preferential judicial system that favors birds of a certain feather?


Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 9:18 am

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What the pilgrims had for Thanksgiving meal:

Meat, such as turkey, venison, duck, and goose.
Seafood, such as eels, lobster, clams, and mussels.
Corn and grains, such as bread, porridge, and pudding.
Vegetables, such as squash, pumpkin, carrots, and sage.
They did not have mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie.


Posted by Harold Townsend, a resident of another community,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 9:30 am

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@Jamie Templeton: The tradition of a U.S. President pardoning a turkey on Thanksgiving dates back to Abraham Lincoln and has became a standard practice since President George H.W. Bush officially initiated the pardon in 1989.

You are correct in that only white turkeys are pardoned by the President. This year President Biden officially pardoned two white turkeys, one named Liberty and the other named Bell.

Chances are that he and his family will dine on turkey this Thanksgiving and whether this menu choice is hypocritical is for others to decide as most politicians are prone to saying one thing while practicing another.


Posted by Dakota Jackson, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 10:00 am

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To brighten any Thanksgiving dinner, I might add that traditional turkey stuffing can be enhanced by simply adding 8 oz. of cannabutter into the mixture.

I usually make a straight batch and an enhanced one for adult guests who wish to partake in deeper holiday thoughts an hour or so later following dinner.

One closing thought...had the Native Americans allowed the Pilgrims to starve, would the history of the United States have been different?






Posted by Taylor Edwards, a resident of San Ramon,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 11:08 am

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@Dakota Jackson

Lest we forget, the Pilgrims (aka Puritans) were run out of England because of their extremist views on religious self-righteousness as portrayed in The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, and their burning of suspected witches at the stake. They essentially hopped on The Mayflower to get out of town.

The Pilgrims were not humble, kindhearted people as portrayed in Hallmark cards and The Saturday Evening Post. They were religious fanatics bent on punishing those who did not share their extremist perspectives.

That said, if I was a Native American and given what has transpired to date during the course of U.S. history and today, I would have left them to their own resources.


Posted by Bill Moriarty, a resident of another community,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 5:14 pm

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I'm probably in the minority here but I am not particularly fond of turkey. It is highly overated compared to likes of a Honey-Baked Ham, a good prime rib, or Dungeness Crab.

Nevertheless I am often forced to consume slices of this oversized fowl during the holiday season (along with the dread of leftover turkey) unless I am doing the cooking myself in which case, prime rib or salmon are my preferred choices. No one seems to complain when I'm doing the cooking.

I am curious how many others find turkey unappealing. Perhaps turkey has been programmed into our minds during Thanksgiving and Christmas because no one is willing to question it.

This is America and we should cherish our freedoms. Even President George H.W. Bush took a stand when he refused to eat broccoli at the White House exclaiming, "I am the President of the United States and if I don't want to eat broccoli, I don't have to."

The same should apply to any American citizen who detests this form of poultry that Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have promoted as our national bird instead of the Bald Eagle.

Picture a turkey on our currency and coinage...how lame.


Posted by Bruce Young, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Nov 21, 2023 at 5:34 pm

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@Mr. Moriarty:
Since this is the Thanksgiving holidays, be grateful that the thought of eating turkey is your only grief and concern.

As my late mother used to say during the 1960s, "Think of all the poor people starving in China."

It could be worse. On one Thanksgiving, my vegan daughter invited us over to partake in a tofu turkey which is nothing more than several blocks of baked soy bean curd doused with turkey seasonings. Even our dog turned his nose at the offering. Thank goodness McDonald's was still open on our drive home.

Personally speaking, I'd rather have steelhead trout for Thanksgiving but it is a game fish that has to be caught by a licensed fisherman along the rivers in Northern California.

As for Benjamin Franklin and his assessment that turkeys are intelligent and worthy of consideration as our national bird, if turkeys are so smart then why are they eventually eaten?

Chickens are a different case but no one ever considered making them the national bird except maybe Colonel Sanders.


Posted by A 21st Century Pioneer Woman, a resident of another community,
on Nov 22, 2023 at 11:00 am

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As a Thanksgiving tradition, we hunt for our holiday dinner. My husband and two sons generally venture off into the marshlands with shotguns to shoot pheasants or ducks and sometimes with 30.06 rifles to shoot a wild turkey which are oftentimes hard to find.

When they are unsuccessful, we partake in a simple Thanksgiving dinner of baked beans, bacon, and homemade biscuits just like the cattle drovers did back in the late 1800s, knowing that there will be better days ahead.

Very few people actually know where there food comes because most of what they buy is either pre-slaughtered and pre-packaged or processed.

Like the early pioneers, we have learned to live off the land and only keep a few chickens and pigs as our primary domestic meat sources.

My role in addition to doing the housekeeping, cooking, and laundry, is to maintain a 1/2 acre vegetable field from which I can the fresh produce. On occasion, I will find a small rabbit's nest with baby bunnies in them and I will take the bunnies home to raise so we can eat them later.

As in the Great Depression of the 1930s, homelessness remains a problem today and my grandmother instilled in us that if you live on a farm, you will never go hungry or have to stand in line at a city soup kitchen.

One way of partially resolving the urban homeless problem would be to round-up the willing participants and relocate them to a rural area where they could live off the land as we do. Providing there is an adequate water source, all they would need is basic shelter, a bag of seeds, and some gardening tools. The more resourceful could be issued rifles or shotguns for hunting purposes providing they are not mentally incapacitated and a social services coordinator could easily issue and track their ammunition.

The question is how many of the homeless would appreciate true freedom and self-sufficiency rather than being confined to a dome tent inside a concrete jungle?

We could never live that way.










Posted by Jessica Tang, a resident of Danville,
on Nov 22, 2023 at 1:22 pm

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It doesn't matter if you live on the streets in a tent or in a fancy mansion in the hills.

Home is where the heart is and a Thanksgiving turkey knows no boundaries because there are always food kitchens as Jennifer/Danville noted.


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