Comments for: Asking for help on a street corner

Posted Nov. 08, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.

PORTLAND | Asking for help is never easy, but for Brian Adams, it beats the alternative. “You know when people have tough times people will go out and take things that don’t belong to them,” said Adams, 42, an unemployed mason who lives on Munjoy Hill with his fiancee …

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  • Old Bear

    Hannaford’s in Portland is hiring good place to start!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      So is McDonalds, and just look in the Press Herald…..I counted over 40 help wanteds there….

      • Anonymous

        Many jobs are “off the bus line” and many people get off the  bus and actually walk the extra distance to the job, a mile or so because they love their children and do whatever it takes to feed and house them.  And there are many charity programs that donate cars to low income people for jobs.  Why isn’t he or the “fiancee” (if one actually exists) going to social services or the welfare office to check this out?  Is it just easier to get your picture in the paper and expect everyone to pay you just to exist?  How about one of those websites to fund yourself?

  • Anonymous

    Look on snagajob.com and indeed.com they have lots of positions for the area.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Sheri Pingree can throw him some of her 1%er scratch, doubt it!

  • Is there no labor ready in Portland? I know times are tuff but I find it hard to believe they cannot find any sort of work. I know even in Bangor I could find a part time job with ease if I needed one.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like he has no transportation and has already applied at all the places within walking distance of his home or anywhere near a bus line–could you suggest jobs on bus routes? Might be helpful!

      • Anonymous

        No matter how you do it, he’s over a mile from where he lives to where he’s standing, so either he’s mobile or he has access to transportation.  And if he can walk a mile and a half to beg, why can’t he walk a mile and a half to work? And it says he needs to “supplement his search without bringing in money.” READ: I don’t want to really take a job while I’m on unemployment or I’ll lose my unemployment.”

        • Anonymous

           guess what you are going to lose it down the line,I think I might take the job and hopefully build up my unemployment just my opinion,there are’nt a lot of jobs out there so I think even if it was shoveling cow dung I would take the job and save the unemployment for really bad times

        • Anonymous

          The actual quote was,
          “supplement my searching for a job with actually bringing in some money”

        • Anonymous

          Maybe he could do volunteer work for 40 hrs a week and get some job skills.

      • I don’t live in Portland so I have no clue if the bus goes by labor ready or not and they do have one.

      • Anonymous

        maybe he should move closer to a bus route….we all feel bad I’m sure when there are children involved but lets face it….some of the responsibility has to fall on the shoulders of the parents

        • Anonymous

          He doesn’t have any money now.  Where do you think he can find the resources for a security deposit, moving truck, and all that is involved with moving?

          • Anonymous

            where did he get it when he took this apartment…check out the city of Portlands website….there is public assistance available to help him. I’m just saying these people need to take some responsibility.

          • Anonymous

            How long has he lived at his current apartment?  Years?  Situation different back then?  He said he lost his job as a mason, a job averaging a salary of $37,000 in Maine.  That’s quite a cut in pay going to say, a McDonald’s job around $20,000.  Geez, your reasoning sounds like you’ve never been in a financially desperate situation, and it isn’t a black and white solution here.  There are those who work, but ‘make too much’ for assistance.

          • Anonymous

            2 mature adults=2 incomes there is always subsidized child care available if their income is honestly that low

          • Anonymous

            Yes, there is always emergency housing available-if the situation is so dire.

      • Labor ready is right around the corner from him on Congress St.

    • Alot of jobs are not winter work people work outside are laid off in the winter so don’t call this fellow laze or as somone said he might have a record the man has a family to think of GIVE HIM A BREAK and many other who can’t find work

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, if he does have a record, then he is paying the price for it, and if he does, then the the fiancee should think again about having  the kids around him and SHE should immediately go to sign up for food stamps subsidized housing and AFDC if she really loves her kids.

  • Anonymous

    Ask Obama.  He likes giving away free stuff.   That’s why he got re-elected. There shouldn’t be any reason for people to be begging on the streets.

    • Guest

      Those toxic sentiments are why you lost.

    • StillRelaxin

      Can’t wait to count the sour grapes conservatives who are going to go off on this poor man trying to keep himself and his family out of the ground for as long as possible. No solutions and no offers to help, just whining and complaining about their own state of affairs.

      Just think how many poor people could have been helped with the hundreds of millions of dollars all those rich old guys just threw away trying to make us believe that a guy just like them was a prince. Wouldn’t it be nice if they used this as a wake up call to start spending some of that money on others who are in need instead of continuing to pay others to try and make us believe that people like them are more human then they really are? Ding…ding…ding, room service, it’s time to wake up!

      • Anonymous

        so…….Obama’s campaign didn’t spend any money? wow….that’s very cool….he got elected for free……I’m just a simple Mainer that can’t understand this stuff.

        • Anonymous

          As a matter of fact, I think Obama and George Soros outspent Romney and Adelson on the campaign. It is estimated that 2.6 billion in total was spent on the Presidantial election. How about some of the money that went to the green energy companies that soon after they got their government assistance went belly up?

          • Anonymous

            How about some of that money that we lavish on the wealthy through low taxes and the money that we provide as subsidies to that up and coming energy source, oil? Oh, that’s right, you want to cut subsidies for alternative energy while letting a hundred year old industry keep theirs.

          • Anonymous

            The green energy company in question is Solyndra, which applied for and accepted 527 million dollars as President Obama heaped praise upon their operations and then filed for bankruptcy. The product they were producing was virtually obsolete and overpriced compared to their
            competitors. The oil companies, which I do not agree with proping up with taxpaer money considering their huge profits, at least have a proven business plan. Why should the wealthy pay more in taxes, considering that they currently pay around 80% of the burden. Even if the wealth of the top 5% in net worth was outright confiscated it would not put a dent in the huge amount of debt that this country has. The government needs to drastically cut spending and end the cycle of outspending it’s revenue stream. Raising taxes will do nothing if spending is not cut.   
            That is why we find ourselves as a nation hanging on the edge of a fiscal cliff.

            How about this, three tax brackets  0%, 7% and 15%, no deductions (energy credits, earned income credits,etc), no loopholes and no escaping your obligation as a taxpayer.

          • Anonymous

            Next you’ll tell me that no oil company ever went bankrupt. Did they all lose their subsidies? Solyndra is a good example of a waste of taxpayer money but then again, I consider low tax rates for the wealthy to be the same thing. Basically, we’re borrowing money and giving it to the wealthy.
            Kind of funny how people can think that one administration can take 8 years to run up a huge debt with unfunded wars and tax cuts but the next guy is a failure because he didn’t fix the problem in four. At least Solyndra didn’t cost us 4,000+ lives and embolden Iran.

            Your proposal is intriguing although if I lost my home mortgage interest deduction, I would question the value in owning a home.

          • Anonymous

            Stop trying to make the wealthy a scapegoat, because they have something the average American does not. The jealousy against the wealthy ( which I will never be, as a simple working man) is a tired subject. Why don’t we tackle the real issues at hand. Far too few people paying taxes and far too many taking money from the government versus paying their fair share. I figured my effective tax rate for the 2011 tax year and it was between 2% and 3 % and I make very respectable money. So the argument that the middle class is carrying the load does not fly with me. The wealthy already pay 80% of the tax burden in this country, why do you now want to make taxes punative and a punishment for being successful. As far as borrowing money to give to the wealthy, I think in fact that may happen, but we are also borrowing money and paying it out to failing companies like Solyndra. If the only reason you bought a home was to get the mortgage interest deduction you made a very poor investment decision. Why should mortgage interest be tax deductible? Why do people who claim the Earned Income Credit almost always wind up getting back more in “refund” than they actually paid in for taxes? That is why we have fiscal problems in this country.

          • Anonymous

            See, I remember the old days when if someone was rich, they were taxed heavily so what they did was put the money back into their company to reduce their tax liability. They hired people people and expanded production. Now they simply take the money, pay their minimal taxes and invest it whatever investment tool that will yield the greatest return on their investment. The wealthy care about one thing – getting more wealth. They could really care less about creating jobs; if happens, so be it and if it’s in China, so what?

            They got their tax cut in 2000. Where are the jobs? And yes, we do have to cut spending.

            I personally don’t see what is so bad about the fiscal cliff. It does what the right wants – cuts non-defense spending and the deficit. It does what the left wants – cuts military spending. It’ll cost me a few hundred bucks. It’s worth it. I personally believe that the deficit is our greatest national security threat and no, we can’t destroy it with 11 carrier groups. Quite the opposite.

          • Anonymous

            The fact that the wealthy invest their money as they see fit is their right, it is their money. The fiscal cliff is bad, it is the proof that the people we elected (all of them) are not doing the job that they were “hired” to do and accept their pay for. They knew that this was coming and chose to do nothing because they felt their party needs were not being met. What about the needs of the nation and those of us that will be left holding the bag. You are correct, the deficit and debt is our greatest threat to national security.

          • Anonymous

            As I recall, this was the deal that someone hashed out so the country’s credit rating didn’t get trashed worse than it did. They kicked the can down the road. Now if they assumed they would have a president who would be more cooperative when the time came to deal with it, they made a mistake.
            You are correct, they can invest their money as they see fit but that’s a little different than justifying the tax cuts as a job creation tool. Trickle down economics doesn’t work. Never has, never will.

          • Anonymous

            I am hoping I fall into the 7 percent bracket – that would be too good to be true.  Anyone know what the average middle class family in Maine (not national) makes?

          • Anonymous

            If you are considered “middle class” that is where you would be. If you check what your true tax percentage is after the deductions and credits and refund from uncle sam I am willing to bet that you are not too far away from that percentage now.

      • Anonymous

         Great idea. You probably have more than you need, why not start with your own money instead expecting someone else to do it?

        • Anonymous

          Bravo Cap’n; you hit the nail on the proverbial head.

        • Anonymous

          I agree 1000% percent, Please StillRelaxin gives us your address so that we may know where to direct the people in need of assistance.

      • Anonymous
      • Anonymous

        “Can’t wait to count the sour grapes conservatives who are going to go off on this poor man trying to keep himself and his family out of the ground for as long as possible……”
        You sure nailed that one. The natives seem to be awfully restless. I wonder why?

        • Anonymous

          Boy you and stillrelaxin are way off base..seems that you are both tryin to pick a fight.  Sad

          • Anonymous

            Pick a fight? Au contraire. I cannot speak for still relaxin’, but I know that I endured 8 years of one of the most wretched administrations in the history of our (still) great country without resorting to the caterwauling whining and disruptive behavior displayed by so many during the past four years. Birthers? Get real. Socialist? By whose definition? When you’re done whimpering, pick yourselves up and try doing something good for the country. You might find that you like the camaraderie, and that we’re really not that much different after all. And if that’s “way off base”, well, so be it, I guess.

      • Anonymous

        Let it burn.

        51% voted for free stuff, now let your big daddy Obama take care of you. When the money runs out then the liberals can own what they have made. Its coming soon.

      • Anonymous

        Yes blame the conservatives for this man being unemployed.  Is there anything that democrats take responsibility for?  What about the millions that the Chicago machine spent to get Obama re-elected?  You are a real piece of work that is for certain.

    • Anonymous

      Thank God for Obama,the Republicans don’t want to give you anything,including a job. They like giving all the jobs to China. It’s so nice to hear all you whining little losers blame everything on Obama. Whaa!!!!!!!!!!! Whaa!!!!!!!! Whaa!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        You can thank NAFTA for jobs overseas….and who signed for NAFTA ?
        NAFTA  was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. [12/08/93.  Last I knew Clinton was considered a Democrat.

        • Oi. NAFTA was a creation of the Bush administration. :|

          • It was started org by ronald reagon in 1984 and was finalized in 1994 by Clinton.Bush also was involved too.so both parties are to blame.

          • Millicent

            Negotiations started with Bush Sr. in 1986 and here are the numbers:

            The agreement’s supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993

          • Correct and I never suggested otherwise. See post above. Perot was right. Bush and Clinton were wrong. 

        • Anonymous

          NAFTA, or the North American Free Trade Agreement is between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Last time I checked my atlas, there is no sea to cross. You are referring to our involvement in the WTO, or World Trade Organization when you speak of jobs going overseas. I believe that one belonged to Junior Bush. I am SURE I will be corrected, if I am wrong. 

          •  Well, jobs going overseas because of NAFTA was not by design, though it helped create the climate that led to it.

            Though it was Bush’s baby, Clinton and the Democrats for the most part were supporters (or perhaps they were just better compromisers than contemporary politicians?)

            In 1992, the last time we had a 3 way debate, one man had it right about NAFTA and it wasn’t the Democrat or Republican. Imagine that. Both parties getting it wrong. Well, some things haven’t changed. :D

          • Anonymous

            Actually the United States has been a member of the WTO since 1 January 1995.  Bill Clinton was President.

          • Anonymous

            I stand corrected! Thank you mainegirl. Our trade agreements seem to be milk and honey for the top 1% and pure poison for the working men and women of America. 

          • Anonymous

            Autually back when Telephones had operators, you needed an “overseas operator” to call either Canada or Mexico.

          • Anonymous

            The WTO’s agreements are often called the Final Act of the 1986–1994 Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, although strictly speaking the Final Act is the first of the agreements. Some were included in GATT also in 1994.

            No GW years in office between 1986 and 1994 as far as I remember.

        • Millicent

          NAFTA was signed by Clinton, but started with Bush and put through by republicans. It goes back to 1986.

          The agreement’s supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993

          • Anonymous

            In 1993 the Dems were the majority party.  They could have stopped NAFTA but didn’t. In fact they also pushed for CAFTA, SAFTA, and SEAFTA and got only one out of three because the economy started to tilt!

        • sassyfrazz

          Yep.  That was an incredibly stupid move, but here’s a little-known fact:
            
          It wasn’t just the Democrats who were “rah, rah, rah-ing” over this:

          “In an unprecedented show of support for a legislative initiative, Clinton was flanked by three former US presidents – Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and NAFTA architect (<——note that word)George Bush"

          http://dolearchive.ku.edu/research/historyday/documents/hd13_nafta_013.pdf

          In Gerald Ford's book "Write It When I'm Gone" ( a book about the life of Gerald Ford) it is very clear that Gerald Ford spent a lot of time convincing Clinton to sign it. 

          Read it: It's quite enlightening.

          http://www.amazon.com/Write-When-Gone-Off-Record/dp/B002FL5IBS

      • Anonymous

        Gee I guess you weren’t paying attention all those times Obama blamed everything wrong in the world on Bush…..course he prob. didn’t mean it ….

      • Anonymous

         And who has been running the country the last four years? So who to blame for no jobs…..oh I forgot Bush.

        • Anonymous

          Obama has been running the country the last four years.  Which planet were you on during that time?

          • Anonymous

             I believe grumpygrampy was being ….what’s the word….sarcastic ;) ….there needs to be a font for that language I tell ya

      • We learned how to be whining losers who blame everyone else from your fearless leader, Obama.

      • Anonymous

         OK…so where are the jobs???

        • Anonymous

          The government doesn’t create jobs.  Haven’t you been listening?

          • Anonymous

            Government should be creating an atmosphere that makes business want to and able to create jobs.

      • Anonymous

        That is funny, Obama has been on the job for 4 years, then why does not he have a job. Using your analogy. Oh my :)  I will say that it takes a lot of strength for this man to do this. Hopefully all those Liberals that voted for President Obama will offer him a job. As least if you are going to talk about him, give Obama a little respect :)

        • Anonymous

           Obama will get my respect when he earns it, just like everyone else.

    • Anonymous

      Obama just gives away free stuff? bush didn’t? reagen didn’t? They both did you have no clue man.
      You no though My mom lives off the government, yet i’m very proud of her! Never complains, has tried her damn best to work and even has started her own company but Lets see what kind of work you can do with severe RA. I gurantee you after 2 new hips, 2 knees, 2 shoulder replacement’s you would complain alot more then she does. No what she does with her spare time? she volunteers everywhere she can to give back what she gets and let me tell you she doesnt get much from the government, she would rather be working big shot.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like a heck of a woman and mother. All moms are. RA is a real bad one. Your mom fits into a category I feel is very well deserving of government assistance. I actually feel that the system needs to have better access for the needy but much more policing and follow up to reduce the gigantic abuse. Most of the entitlement programs were started for good reason but the abuse has run wild making it volatile for all. If we could get rid of the ones abusing the system then the ones that weren’t abusing it would have much better resources. 

        • Anonymous

          The key is keeping it local.  BUT that is not the way we are going.  If “help” was local the people would know who really needs, and who dumped their job because they want the summer off.

  • Anonymous

    The state of Maine needs job. What has been done the last twenty years has not brought jobs to Maine. I know Gov. LePage gets a lot of hate and name calling from the left because he’s not doing the same old, same old. You can’t undo twenty years of damage in less than twenty four months. Time will tell if his approach will be successful or not. I did hear on the radio the other day that we have gained about 7700 in private sector jobs and lose about 600 government jobs. If this info is correct, it seems we are moving in the right direction.  

    • Anonymous

       Hopefully when he’s up for re-election the Dems remember who “needed more time” this time around! (For some reason I don’t feel optimistic about that!)

      • Anonymous

         I don’t think the left will have that kind of memory. They are pretty happy with same old, same old. Why try anything new.

        • Anonymous

          This from someone who most likely voted for Mitt Bushney. Oh, the irony!

      • While I’ve said before and agree that it’s really too early to say what effect LePages policies have brought at this date, the economy of Maine, vs the macroeconomics of a nation aren’t comparable. We should have a much better idea at the end of a governors 4 year term where the economy sits vs that of a president – where the second term  is usually when the full results of the first administration start to show.

        Paul might have been given a chance if he had shown a little class and respect. While many are averse to his policies, it’s his own big mouth that truly sunk his ship.

  • Anonymous

    McDonalds isn’t hiring? None of the stores(big box or local) are hiring? Sure these aren’t high paying jobs, but a job is a job.

    • Anonymous

      He might have  a criminal record and thus has to work as a mason and can’t get any job that isn’t under the table?

      • Anonymous

        Why isn’t the fiancee signing up for the programs?  If the fiancee really loves and cares for her kids, then SHE would be doing all she can to help them and get them all the help they need instead of depending on some guy just standing on a street corner. Actually, if they are that destitute, then social services should just step in and check on the kids.  Someone is lying about income if they are not receiving services yet are not out on the street.  As I said someone should just insist on taking them to the closest welfare office, and then this newspaper can do a follow-up story on why they are not eligible for any kinds of benefits-who is paying for their food and housing now? Yes, there is some income that he is not being honest about.  Since this guy is advertising how bad the situation is, maybe social services should step in and check on the kids.

    • Anonymous

      He’ll never get off public assistance with a job that pays “public assistance” wages. With five mouths to feed, he will need a real job, not a McJob. And a job is not a job any more. That saying went away with the honest day’s pay. What good is a job where you still have to go down and swallow your pride to ask for assistance when you GET OUT OF WORK? No one can make it in 2012 America on part time, minimum wage jobs without a lot of government cheese. 

      • Anonymous

         Any job is better then no job. Public assistance is better then public support. (I’ve been there)

      • That’s the way Obama and his Dems want it.  They want the people to have to live off the government.

  • Anonymous

    I live in the other Maine they refer as northern Maine don’t feel bad Brian Adams your not the only one going thru this,I feel for you though I wish i could help ,I saw a homeless man the other day alls i had was a hand full of change I was going to get gas with but I gave it to this guy in hopes that it helps him  it was’nt much at all I wish I had more to give

  • SCAMMERS!

  • Anonymous

    I’d put him to work if he were up this way.

    • Anonymous

      I need my chimney rebuilt, and the guy I called wants 2K plus materials.  Seems to me that in Maine where everyone has a chimney, finding work would be easy.

      • Anonymous

        I would think the codes in Portland would stop him from doing just that, unless he was licensed and insured. Up here, things are a little different. 2k does not sound that bad, if the chimney is a total rebuild.

      • Guest

        ……

      • Anonymous

        People embilish their stories. Maybe no truck/licience.

  • Well hey, Brian Adams ….you’re in luck!…YOU ARE A PART OF THE “NEW NORMAL”!
    Enjoy your new job!

  • Anonymous

    I have lived in central Maine for 15 years, i have never had a problem finding work.
    Lost my job in 2003,back working at MBNA 2 months later.
    Lost that job in 2004,back working two months later. 
    If i lost my job tomorrow, i would back working in 2 months or less.

    The number one secret/advice? I have no criminal background. I take no illegal drugs to flunk drug tests.  Another secret? dont have tattoos on your face or on your neck, or be smothered in tattoos. Tatoos might go over in barrooms with the cheap rags, but in the employment office,they are a big negative.

    • There are plenty of jobs out there most don’t pay much $8-$12 an hour, but that’s better than begging on the street. 

      • Anonymous

        can’t get a rent on $8 or $12 an hour  and eat own a car with expenses, can’t do it.

        •  I do it.

        • So begging on the street corner is the answer?

        • Anonymous

          so if you work 2 of these jobs you make either $16. or $24. an hour…thats simple math.  where is it written that you don’t have to work hard to make ends meet?

          • Anonymous

            And it’s also a start at rebuilding your life with some dignity.   If there are not mason jobs, you have to find something else you can do.

        • Anonymous

          I’d like to know how you can’t do it? My husband and I just finished paying off $40,000 in student loans in 2 years while both making $8-$10 an hour 40 hours/week. Did we have smart phones? No. Cable? No. 2 cars? No. We made sure to find a reasonable rental within 3-5 miles of our working places so we didn’t pay out a ton in gas and car maintenance. We have one reliable car. If we needed something (or wanted), we paid in cash. No cash, we didn’t purchase it. I learned to cut his hair to save on the barber fee. Red box became our date night. Funny thing? We found ourselves able to buy food from the farmer’s market, and eating out once or twice a month all while still able to donate to some charities. It can be done, it just takes some brains and discipline. Qualities which are becoming extinct, I guess.

          • Anonymous

            I admire you. I don’t know how it can be done but you seemed to have found the formula. That is impressive. You should start a blog. Some people just don’t know how to live with less. People that are making 100k per year and their job gets cut can’t figure it out. Seriously, your comment is one of the best I have read.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Bushfan. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for “the formula.” I hate to burst your bubble, but my husband and I found Dave Ramsey right after we graduated college. My husband thought he was a quack (and still does) but we were right out of college with a huge load of debt and little money coming in and we both knew that we couldn’t let our financial situation drown us. Ramsey’s formula was simple to us: Live within your means. Don’t spend more than you earn, and focus your attention on paying off your debts. We also both take the work that comes to us with gratitude without ever thinking “We have college degrees, we deserve more.” So although Dave Ramsey has helped us to direct our dollar smartly, having a sense of entitlement would have killed work opportunities for us. We are currently saving up for a proper down payment on a house, because we won’t be taking a 30 year 0% down mortgage + PMI. Anybody who does the math realizes that’s a financial pit of quicksand. Think before you give your money away, that’s all you gotta do.

          • Marthamainer

            There are so many things to admire about you and I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey too!

            What I believes causes and difference in thinking about who is struggling and why they are struggling is that with many conservatives there is a sense that if I made it, everyone else can too. 

            Life happens.

            There are very few people within that slideshow that don’t work, or haven’t had a job in the very recent past.  Something happened that moved them from the working poor to the welfare poor.  There are many working poor people who are one accident, medical bill or layoff away from the street.  By the grace of God…..

            I don’t immediately assume that people receiving welfare are lazy do nothings.  While I have my security in order, I also acknowledge that I didn’t do it by myself.  I had great parents who taught me the value of a dollar and hard work.  I am healthy because of preventative care.  I had a great public education. I am a college grad through federal low interest loans.  I knew about sex and birth control and what could happen if I had a child at a young age.  I didn’t have to spend every waking hour trying to figure out how to eat, stay warm and safe so I was able to pursue and attain a better life.

            Welfare is like death by 1000 knife cuts. 

            Some some food for thought.

          • Anonymous

            Marthamainer, I agree with you. I think you make a great point and I certainly understand that we are all one moment away from the bottom of the pit. However, I’m pretty sure I never mentioned welfare, my views on welfare, my assumptions about people on welfare, or the people pictured in the article. 
            I was not referring to any of those people pictured in the article. I was merely making a point that there are ways to get by, and not only get by– but flourish on a low income. I’m tired of people choosing not to work or complaining about their lot because *gasp* they have to take a $10/hr job. My point was, “You can do a lot with a $10/hr job.”

            If the boss doesn’t see you working hard and grateful for $10. Why would s/he give you $20?

          • Marthamainer

            Oh no, I was simply using your smart way of living as one example that some conservatives suggest everyone can just do if they put their mind to it.  Flourishing on a low income takes lots of creativity, good luck and most of all hard work. I was saying that not everyone can even get to your starting place (good education, health, an able partner), let alone where you are right now.   The bootstraps mentality only works if there are boots.

            My husband and I opened a business at the height of the recession and needed to fill 20 or so service jobs- we got over 400 resumes in 48 hours.  Some had master’s degrees and many years of experience.  It was sad.  People are doing with less and have had to lower their standards of living.   

            I applaud you and I did not think you were assuming anything about welfare.  

          • Anonymous

            Gotcha. I agree with the necessity of boots :) 

            Good for you for starting a business in such a challenging economy. 400 resumes in such a short time period is shocking, but it’s great to see people like your husband and yourself willing to take a chance in an adverse climate, getting people to work. A lot of companies are not willing to take that risk right now and it’s really making things hard on many people. I wish the best for your buisness! 

          • Anonymous

             @ts7287:disqus  I think I love you and don’t even know you lol. Dave Ramsey is the man.

            @Marthamainer:disqus I do agree with you too but if I could change one thing I would replace “creativity” with “common sense”. It doesn’t take a creative mind to know that if you can’t afford something, don’t buy it. The sad thing is people think “being able to pay for something” means they are “able to afford it”.

          • Anonymous

             What??? No drugs, booze, cigarettes, cable TV???? Why that’s preposterous!

          • Anonymous

            Being out of debt is a nice thing, congrats.  I hope you find better paying jobs then that with college degrees. Good Luck. P.S. Don’t need a college degree to make 8/10 an hour, could have saved 40K to begin with.

          • While it does sound like you’ve got your stuff together…the math just seems hard to swallow. 

            $20 x 40 hours x 104 weeks = $83,200 – 6% SS ($5,000) – 7% Maine St ($5,800) – 15% Fed ($12,400) = $60,000 – $40,000 / 2 = $10,000* a year to cover all expenses for 2 people?

            Not trying to be a jerk, though even being incredibly thrifty…how? If you truly did it, hats off to you and my apologies for my cynicism. 

            * Obviously an approximation.

        • Anonymous

           My mother works part time for minimum wage.  She found a position within walking distance, and has her own apartment, buys her own food, pays for her own heat… She is single, and doesn’t “need” a vehicle.  There are things you sacrifice to survive.

          His situation is different than that since they have kiddos, but there IS assistance for food and heat that they may qualify for.  I don’t fault him for doing whatever he can.

          On the other hand, the guy that stands by Shaw’s/Burger King in Augusta with a sign saying “Destitute” has told me, face to face in conversation that him and his wife (she stands there with him) make between $300 and $500 on an average day.  Why would they work?????  This is there job, they do it 3-5 days a week depending on how much they get and then do whatever normal people do the rest of the time.  They’re not hurting, they receive all the State assistance they qualify for with “$0.00” income, and walk away a the end of the week with $1000-$1500 tax free cashola.

          Starting to wonder why I went to college, and sit in front of a computer all day…  Oh wait… that’s right.  My momma didn’t raise no leach.

          • Anonymous

            Impossible for your mother to do that without help at them wages..  you let your mother suffer  in poverty  when she struggled to raise you?

          • Anonymous

            You are saying that the reality that I just described is not possible?  And yet it exists right now, as I type.  Nothing that I said is inaccurate or incorrect.  Poverty is a STATE OF MIND!  And you think I “let my mother suffer”… Where do you get off telling me what I should and should not do?  My mother is PROUD TO LIVE IN HER OWN APARTMENT!!!  SHE LIVED WITH ME, AND MY FAMILY, UNDER MY ROOF FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS TRYING TO STRUGGLE TO SUPPORT HERSELF WHILE I TOOK CARE OF HER!!!  HOW DARE YOU BELITTLE WHAT SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT I PROVIDED FOR HER!

            She has food, she has heat, she has INTERNET!  And she is doing it on her terms.  IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION.  Anyone who says otherwise is a zealot.

          • Anonymous

             looks like pushedtheredbutton sure pushed a button alright! I seriously hope the rest of us don’t believe that the definition of poverty includes having an apartment, food, heat, and the internet.

            @pushtheredbutton:disqus Fun fact of the day: If you, living in the U.S, make more than $10,000 a year, you are richer than 99% of the rest of the world. …..read it again, let it sink in……

        • Anonymous

          So he just wants his picture on the internet saying “FUND ME, FUND ME”

    • Anonymous

      I LIKE tattoos, but it’s amazing how a neck tattoo screams felon.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that if one is serious about working they must look decent. Covering the face or neck with tatoos does not present a good image nor do studs in lips and eyebrows. Why would an employer want someone representing their business to look nasty/anti-social/bizarre—I could go on and on.

      Sometimes the problem with finding work begins with the job seeker. 

    • Anonymous

       As you know…one has to get out of bed in the morning and go look for a job.

      • Anonymous

        Would that I could give you a thousand likes.

  • Anonymous

    wait till obama care kicks in and small bussiness close their doors because they won’t be able to afford to pay for the healthcare of their employees..  There won’t be enough street corners

    • Anonymous

      You are misinformed.  The Affordable Care Act does not require employers to offer health insurance, but will penalize those who do not IF they have over 50 full-time employees.  If there are less than 50, they cannot be penalized.  Small-business tax credits for these establishments will also increase to 50%, making insurance for their employees more affordable.  Approximately 3 minutes of time spent Googling gave me this information.  You would be wise to spend a few doing the same so as to not spread untruths.

      • Anonymous

        geee tax credits for the employers that have over 50 employees.  So the small businesses….the backbone of Maine and the nation will have to pay for these credits with a higher tax burden.  That sounds like a great plan….socialism at work folks

        • Anonymous

          so right now the people who aren’t covered by insurance walk into emergency rooms and are required to be treated.  If they can’t pay, it’s free for them.  Gee, I wonder who pays for that?

        • Anonymous

          I just said there will be NO penalties for businesses with less than 50 employees who don’t offer insurance, and tax credits for those businesses who have more than 50 employees so it is more affordable to offer insurance to their employees.  Where’s the confusion? Small-businesses are not defined as those with 50 or less employees, they are just in two separate categories when it comes to the ACA requirements for employee insurance.

          • Anonymous

            2013 will be here soon enough when it all kicks in. good luck in your socialist world.. Medicare is being dismantled for this.. P.S. in the bill Obama Care has taken charge of everyones bank accounts. That has already happened. Everyones going to pay big time for this one.. Big compainies will drop insurance on their employees and pay the fine, which Obama Care will force compliance onto the consumer, which the employees will have to pay 100% of the cost or have their bank accounts drained.. It’s in the bill RNinMaine.. read it.

      • Anonymous

        You are correct. The big problem with Obamacare is that there are thousands of businesses in the 50 to 100 employee range. Those owners will do what ever they have to do to find the loopholes. If that means cutting full time to part time they will, forming 2 businesses under one roof they will, paying people to work as contract labor they will and so on. What they wont do is just pay it if there is a window of opportunity not to pay it. That’s why they own a business not a government desk.

        • Anonymous

          Your story makes me laugh.  I have a memory of my time working for my father who was an executive in a very large concern in New York City. 

          One year the I.R.S asked this concern to justify the amount of taxes it had paid for the previous two years.  They requested all paperwork connected with that declaration.

          Dad printed off all the financial documents the company posessed for the past 7 years, It took the full secretarial staff 25 days to print these documents. Then we loaded them into two box cars, and sent them by train to The IRS office in Topeka Kansas (as requested).  There was no further follow-up or communication from I.R.S.

  • Anonymous

    This story made me cry, as I came very close to being in the same situation.  Thought I was doing the right thing-spent my savings on a 2 year college degree hoping to make my life better.  For 3 years I sought a job in that field with no luck because I had no EXPERIENCE-just a degree that I graduated Summa Cum Laude!  Saw an ad for a store I frequent, and talked my way into a job.  The pay is pittance, same wage I made 12 years ago, work is dirty and rough-but I am putting food on my table.
    To those who think these people are not trying hard enough to find work-you have no idea what it is like out there.  Employers are super picky about who they hire, and there are NOT enough jobs for everyone who wants to work!

    • Anonymous

      Good luck.  I hope it works out for you.  No one really knows until they’ve walked in your shoes.

    • Anonymous

      When that happened to me – I’d had it with the line.  So I said “You only want people with experience?  If someone doesn’t take a chance on me to GIVE me experience – I’ll never be experienced enough to gain a job”.  I was hired.

      • Anonymous

        I was in a similar situation, Bluez. Only I said, “If you want experience, I’ll do volunteer work for you for a set amount of time. No pay. Hire me after that, if you like what you see.” They took me on. I figured I wasn’t losing anything because I wasn’t making any money anyways, and I was gaining the whole world: Experience and a foot in the door. It gave me the motivation to work my butt off too, I had something to prove.

      • Anonymous

        I had other challenges-I’d taken a few years off to raise my child and attend college, and I am over 50 years of age-so I think hiring personnel assumed I am old and brain dead.  My current employer didn’t realize I was that old, and he actually took the time to personally talk to each applicant for the job-didn’t go the “apply online” approach.

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute…some of these people are essentially saying ‘I’m to proud for welfare or to apply for unemployment but I’ll stand here and beg’  Seriously?  Like that’s so much better?  There’s a reason we have these programs, it’s to help people like them.  Cluttering up the town with poorly written signs is not work!  Apply for the programs meant to help and quit complaining!

  • Anonymous

    Most of you need to look at the pictures again, It’s you out there. You voted for the bread line Party and thats is what you will get.. soon enough $6.00 a gallon gas which will double the price of food, but wait there is no inflation

  • Anonymous

    Everyone in Maine needs to wake up  this can happen to any of us at any time.. We need jobs.. If Lepage cant do this.. step down give someone else a try.  We need jobs NOW!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure most of the people who stand out there with signs aren’t homeless.  You can tell by the way they dress and more importantly their shoes.  I read that a guy made $50,000 a year doing the same thing in a big city a while ago.  I’m all for helping people, but standing on the street like that makes you look like a drug addict.  If these people need help there are plenty of people that will give them things they need like clothing, food and shelter….not cash.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that some people who claim to be poor might not be. Just the same, I disagree that you can be sure someone is NOT poor simply by looking at their clothes or choes.

      Losing a job and not being able to find another, even for a year or two, does not make the clothes a person owns either 1) evaporate out of the closet or 2) turn into rags. Clothes these days last pretty well. A person who owned decent (or even fancy) clothes while employed will still own those clothes when unemployed.

      Also, it’s possible to dress rather nicely by buying everything at Goodwill–I’ve done that for years, though I work full time (I’m just thrifty). Most of my own clothes are “name brand” but bought used. Including some leather purses and several pairs of shoes.

      • Anonymous

         I understand that…but I said you could tell who is homeless not poor.

  • Anonymous

    really I’d like to help these people out, but I’d rather have him give me a bill, or have me get him a food/gas card. I want to know where the moneys going to, not everyone out there on the street is honest about where our dollar goes.. sad but true, most are junkies, or drunks who have nothing else.. I applaud this man for going out, but I’m sure he could have found a “job” and make a meager income, I mean McDonalds is hiring, there are stores hiring for winter/christmas help.. there are jobs out there, but maybe his expectations, are too high… I dunno, but good luck, and I hope one of those apps calls back. 

  • Anonymous

    I have my doubts….That is a common standing place for them. I go by them every day. They do shift work there. They make up their signs by the spruce tree to his right. Lately, they’ve had a dog with them. One of them had a German Shepherd and they’re just giving those dogs away. It will be a matter of time when they will have a small child.

  • Anonymous

    Last year there was a lady with a I NEED BATTERIES FOR MY DILDO. She made a fortune.

  • Anonymous

    He says a several times that he’s not hurting anybody, not going at anybody.  Sounds like he’s ‘gone’ at someone before.  Is going at someone ever the approprite way?  I don’t beleive he can’t find some sort of job.

  • Anonymous

    Free speech, They can stand and hold any sign they want. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, looking things over, I could make more per hour if I just dress poorly and stand at the corner with sign…..See you on the corner!

      • Anonymous

        People yell about getting a job, well they have a job. People buy TV for entertainment, people give these guys money for self gratification of helping the poor. They are just providing a services that people I guess want.

  • Some of these people are either lying or . I’m very familiar with requirements for SNAP, Medicaid, LIHEAP, rent, and EBT unrestricted benefits. Basically the women who said LePage “cut off” her benefits is not being honest.  She is eligible for just about everything including and especially SNAP food benefits as well as other benefits because she has children. I’m support charity and welfare, but not people who lie.

    • Guest

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      • Anonymous

        you cannot be “cut-off” the only way you can be cutoff now is if you make too much in your job. the cutoff for that is something like 25,000+ a year income for a family of 4. foodstamp benefits are cut, tanif stops, and you’re on your own. I’ve known many a single mother living on such means, I felt bad, they were friends I helped out, took them grocery shopping, and took the kids out for a movie, or bought them a toy… all was god until I saw the mother take her taniff money (intended for food, clothing, and housing, to buy cigarettes, and alcohol. I was disgusted, and decided not to speak with them again. 

        • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            So you think it’s ok to get tanf and then buy cigs and alcohol, and have the taxpayer providing for your children??

          • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      Why isn’t the fiancee signing up for the programs?  If the fiancee really loves and cares for her kids, then SHE would be doing all she can to help them and get them all the help they need instead of depending on some guy just standing on a street corner. Actually, if they are that destitute, then social services should just step in and check on the kids.  Someone is lying about income if they are not receiving services yet are not out on the street.  As I said someone should just insist on taking them to the closest welfare office, and then this newspaper can do a follow-up story on why they are not eligible for any kinds of benefits-who is paying for their food and housing now? Yes, there is some income that he is not being honest about.  Since this guy is advertising how bad the situation is, maybe social services should step in and check on the kids.

  • Anonymous

    Portland, keeping it classy.

  • Anonymous

    Man is holding a sign on Broadway accross from mcdonalds in Bangor, sign reads “Help need money for food”. I offered to get him a meal but he insisted on money because it was for his child so I gave him a couple bucks (all I had in cash).So I went over to Mcdonalds and sat down and had my lunch. I look out and the man is gone. I went accross the street to the mall and low and behold there the man is leaning up against a car and smoking a cigarrette. If he can afford cigarrettes then why is he taking my money for food or did I pay for that pack? if there is a next time they get a sandwich

    • Anonymous

      Yup my point exactly 

    • Guest

      Don’t bother to give him anything if you are going to judge them. If you can’t hand them the money without conditions on it don’t give it.

      • Anonymous

        I used to feel that way too.  I refuse to buy alcohol and cigaretts for people who ask me for money.  I don’t judge folks UNLESS I happen to be paying for their lifestyle. 

        • Guest

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      • Anonymous

        Man said he and kids hungry not that he needed a nicotine fix.
        I work for my money and if I want to give for food and not cigs then should be my choose.
        Take a ride down Main St and in frontis a crowd in one hand is a cigarrete and the other drinking out of a brown bag. If you can afford cigs and booze don`t use your kids to support your habit

  • Frankie

    This may sound a bit harsh, and it’s not that I don’t feel for the poor (I’m not exactly wealthy) but all of us turn out the way we do as a direct result of the choices we make in our lives.  Sometimes bad stuff happens to us, yes, but most of the circumstances that we experience are wholly because of the choices we make.  Too many people want to blame the economy, the governor, the President, etc. for their problems.  We are the directors of our destiny.  We need to take responsibility for ourselves, and own up to everything in our lives!  

  • Anonymous

    Well I say find out his real story, way too many of these folks FAKE or just lazy, my son is one of them, and all his friends as well, my son is a certified welder, plenty of work out there for that, but instead make up signs stands places just like this and then brags at making $90 in 4 hours, TAX FREE I might add, John Stosell did a story on this as well, and followed a girl that said homeless to her apartment then shopping at the mall, there may be a few tar are legit, so I say stop as ask them to rake leaves and see how far that goes, give them a broom ect… lets see just how willing they are to work.  

    I need money, for what I need to eat, ok I take you to eat I was going to lunch anyway, Oh um I ah do not eat there, Guess he was not too hungry after all.

  • Anonymous

    Always there have been the homeless…Just called diff names in diff time periods–hobo’s wine’os , needy, tramps etc etc….but my favorite is lazy good for nothing bums.

  • Anonymous

    Why did he have 3 kids when he can’t support them? Can’t the fiancee work? Unless he was fired for cause from his job, he would be able to get unemployment.

    • Guest

  • Anonymous

    They do this in Bangor too…only problem is I recognized a man one day…and he is a druggie. His sign says he has kids :/ and I know for a fact he doesn’t.  I don’t mind helping people…but only if they are honest. I certainly do not want to feed someones addiction. If they need help they should seek it out properly. It is very distracting and unsafe for them to be hanging out in busy traffic intersections.

  • Anonymous

    There is something missing from this story-why isn’t he getting unemployment?  Unless he was fired “with cause” from his last job, he would be receiving unemployment benefits.  And why isn’t the fiancee working?  Are the 3 kids his? Maybe someone should take him to the local welfare office and sign him up for subsidized housing, food stamps, and other benefits-or is there some reason he is not eligible for these?  Why is there so much missing from this story?  Why hasn’t the fiancee signed up for benefits such as AFDC? Who is supporting them now? If they were truly destitute, they would be living on the street….The help he needs is for someone to bring him and the fiancee to the nearest welfare office and sign up for all benefits.

    • Guest

      Maybe he doesn’t want to sign up for those social programs.

      • Anonymous

        So he’s (in your mind) Ok with begging on the street where there is lots of competition and little money, but not OK with going to the welfare office and begging where there IS money?

        I think one of the big problems in Maine lately is that the rents and food have skyrocketed.  Once I figured $10 a bag for groceries, now that is $30. Rent in 1989 was $600 on Taylor Street in Portland, now that same apartment is $1,250. Unemployment, wages and social programs have not increased.

        • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Ironic isn’t it..the biggest welfare president ever just got re-elected, and this guy can’t find a job. In the words of BTO…you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…

    • Guest

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  • Obama will help with the handouts, right?  Just wait until the elite lefty’s start getting robbed and burglarized because people will do absolutely anything to feed their kids.  More jobs will disappear in the next four years and crime will skyrocket.  All those that voted for Obama should be opening their wallets to feed the kids of these families. No of course you wont do that.  

    • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Well let us look at the story he has a fiancee and three kids! Well this may be a issue. Unless your able to care for kids you should not be having them. Yea I know it is very un pc to hold someone responcible for there own kids these days.

    • Guest

      Where did you get the idea these people had children they couldn’t afford.
      Seems to me I read he was a mason, they make a good living as a rule, and then he came on hard times.
      How is that their fault…… !

      • Anonymous

        Well from the story. The guy is begging on the street he has THREE kids and is not married. If you work hard establish yourself then find a mate get married then have kids this is far less likely to happen.

        IT is their fault because it is there life! That simple. Why is it my job as a working person who works hard pays all my own bills and does what I need to for my family somehow it is ok to tax the hell out of me to pay for those who give up or do not bother to try.

        In my whole life I was never unemployed. Because I learned skills that made me wanted. Life is hard enough without trying to make it harder on those around you.

        • Guest

          Odd how people think life is only black and white with no shades of grey.

  • Guest

    Nothing has changed here. No good will towards men in the comment section.
    Some people don’t get it. Bad things happen to good people everyday, it’s so easy to blame.

  • Anonymous

    Do not trust these people.

    Do not offer them money.

    If you feel obliged, offer them food, water, clothing, or personal items.

    It is a popular scam for otherwise normal citizens to dress down in grungy clothes, slap together a sign, and make a considerable profit at the expense of others through fraud.

    Do not fall for it.

    • Guest

      Do not feel obliged to have the basic human emotion of compassion…..

      • Anonymous

        My suggestion was to offer them food, water, clothing, and personal items. That’s compassion.

        You’re taking a gamble giving them money.

  • anonme 527

    The true cost of trickle-down economics. Those at the top keep what those at the bottom have earned. 

  • Scott Harriman

    Sternman — it’s a guy who doesn’t have a sense of humor, right?

  • Anonymous

    I need a new truck, I would prefer a Toyota Tacoma club cab 4X4. next on the list would be a Ford Ranger  4X4 club cab.  No GM products Please.. All in working order of course,  Road Ready… I wonder If I put that on a sign what would happen.. Don’t judge me!! 

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to obama’s new Amerika!

    • Guest

      That’s the spirit!
      Keep believing the sky is falling!

      Have you ever been down and out?

  • Anonymous

    I just checked: Immediate openings in central Maine:

    Home Depot in Waterville is hiring, year round jobs
    Walmart in Waterville is hiring,seasonal  jobs that may lead to permanent jobs
    Both taxi cab companies in Waterville are hiring

    Job qualifications: You breath

    * you must pass criminal and drug background checks. 

  • Anonymous

    This why we need a new policy  2 months for each party  tyhen vote.The money spent on this election putrageous. I am 85 a combat wounded veteran of WW2..never been to the VA. I paddle my own canoe.  If I knew this guy’s address I would send him a check out of my $416 social security check.  It is outrageous. Look at the money we send to Egypt and others and this is happening in our country. Go off the damned fiscal cliff.

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