|Barked: Sun Feb 20, '11 1:57am PST |
|it's not so much the cell phone, but the iphone in the hands of poor people that picky persons freak out about. any more, it's cheaper to have a cell phone than to have a landline. For poor folks who might be in cars that are not in the best shape, or are living in riskier parts of town, a cell phone is an absolute lifeline and the landline is rendered mostly useless. The iPhone though, that's an absolute luxury, and a luxurious phone package to be able to support it.
Dogs are a luxury too, but the perception is changing. companion animals are being proved as a comfort in real psychological ways. I know I would be a much sadder person without mine. I indulge in better food for my dogs, mine costs me $12 per three weeks or so, butI would rather monitor their health with better food now, than take the risk of them getting a diet-related illness, and who knows how many serious ones like cancer or heart disease, stones, liver dysfunction, and so on are caused or exacerbated by poor diet.
I would still not ever refuse someone aid because they have 1-2 animals. To lots of people, they are valued and beloved members of the family. More than that, and perhaps I would mention the possibility of giving some up just for sanity. My inlaws, for example, have been struggling to make ends meet since dad retired, they have two dogs, 2 parrots, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, and they just last year parted with their old border due to old age, and 2 ocicats which left with the last bro to leave the nest. We were shaking our head when they declared retirement, and then got themselves a Berner. It's just silly at that point.
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