Glitches and Greed–My thoughts for the day.

I blog primarily about Grammar Glitches and Usage Glitches, but that's certainly not my only focus in life.  After watching 60 Minutes last evening–particularly Scott Pelley's moving segment, "Homeless Children: the hard times generation"–I feel compelled to widen the focus here for today.

The program was about the scary numbers of families who have lost jobs and homes and are now struggling day to day and week to week to stay together and weather this economy.  The interviews with children now living with their parents in one or two rooms in cheap motels not far from Disney World moved me to tears.  There is even a special school bus route that stops at the motels so these children can go to school.  These families do not appear to be eroded by drugs or other addictions.  Not long ago, they had jobs and homes and were looking far beyond next week in their lives.

If you didn't see the program, you can go to www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes and access the video.  If you are moved to help, you can do one of two things:

1. Contact your own local school and ask for the guidance counselor.  Find out if you can make a concrete donation to a family near you that is struggling in these ways.

2. Contact Beth Davalos (Families in Transition) at Seminole County Public Schools in Florida (www.scps.k12.fl.us) and click on the Families in Transition link to make a donation to the students featured in the CBS 60 Minutes program.

 

Of course, I must also offer a Grammar Glitch or two along with the above information.  The following were collected from the many comments on the CBS site and on their Facebook page:

They (the children) shouldn't have to come home to a shelter, in a country so great as ares we should be doing more to help these familys.

Whoops! I don't think the word ARES exists in the English language.  It should be the pronoun OURS.  The plural of FAMILY is FAMILIES.  This sentence (without the run-on) should read as follows:

They (the children) shouldn't have to come home to a shelter. In a country so great as ours, we should be doing more to help these families.

 

Here are several more comments, along with their corrected versions:

 Thrift stors have more clothing and furnature than they can hold.  = Thrift stores have more clothing and furniture than they can hold.

 

I wish I could upload the photo's here. = I wish I could upload the photos here.

 

 Please let us know there direct contact information. = Please let us know their direct contact information.

 

:(People better do something about it now before the future is really bleek. = People should do something about it now before the future is really bleak.

 

:/I wonder what kind of corporate and government greed, unnecessary government regulations or just waste that caused the loss of some of these peoples jobs. =

I wonder what kind of corporate and government greed, unnecessary government regulations, or just waste caused the loss of some of these people's jobs.   (I WONDER, TOO!!) 


4 Responses to “Glitches and Greed–My thoughts for the day.”

  1. Thanks for writing about the homeless children. 
    If any of your readers are in Birmingham, AL and want to help, there is a Homeless Connect event coming in April 9th.  It is a chance to make a difference in many lives.  Check it out!  http://www.oneroofonline.org

  2. admin says:

    Thanks so much for this tip. I hope readers will visit the website and consider what they can do. The First Light Shelter is dear to my heart, and they do a fantastic job of addressing the needs of homeless women and helping them put their lives back together. Check their website, too, at http://www.firstlightshelter.org.

  3. Kelly says:

    Uh, it should read …"the loss of some of these peoples' jobs".

  4. admin says:

    No! Sorry, I do not agree with your comment. Words like PEOPLE and CHILDREN and WOMEN  are plural without adding an S. Therefore, when you make words like these possessive, the apostrophe goes before the S as I pointed out on the blog.

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