My dear Jimmy, I have a moment at 2:45 pm and I am writing before my programme starts. Just came back from lunch. Had so much meat, the restaurant must have killed a whole lamb and a calf, too. Ate as much as I could and brought back some for the DOG. Now, who or what is that?

Had to struggle to open that God-awful door downstairs again. If I have so much trouble, heaven alone knows just how the guy in the wheelchair makes out. A place like this needs an automatic door. If I were going to be here for long, I would certainly write to the powers that be. Also, the place is big enough and popular enough to merit a cafeteria and a laundry room.

The clerk downstairs said one person lived in this room for four years and others have been here longer than that. Where do they get their clothes laundered? There is no laundry around these parts. There should be a laundry room with washers and dryers plus an iron in this YMCA. There should also be a café that does meals at reasonable prices. Many short stay people do not have much money, and restaurant prices work out expensive. That would not only provide meals but provide work for people too and profit for the YMCA, perhaps. They could have less recreation space and more necessary facilities. No cooking in rooms should be strenuously applied. The smell is not very nice in the corridors. In fact, it is certainly bad for those of us with a more delicate stomach.

Jimmy, I am starting again at 5:22 pm just before going downstairs to copy the Y’s objectives. Perhaps I may even find an address to write to about the door especially. Many elderly people have to come through that door, and they have arthritis. I know what it’s like to have stiff joints.

YMCA Aims and ObjectivesThere is a problem here with kids not being able to start school for weeks. Parents ought to be able to sue the government for failing to provide education for their children. Why on earth should they have to interfere with the Teachers Pension Fund to pay their salaries? They are worst than our people in England. At least they prosecute parents in the UK if they do not send their children to school. There should be a law that compels the Social Services to find schools in other areas for the kids and provide buses to take them there, if there were any danger of innercity kids coming to places like Niles, they would find the money – No Problem!

I saw the Niles schools opened last week. Why aren’t the Chicago schools opened as well? Education provision should be a federal government concern. Money should be allocated for an entire state and divided up according to school size. If people who are well-off want extra facilities for their child’s school, they should donate it. They can still have the sort of hi-tech school they want their child to attend. It’s as simple as that, but it takes guts to implement legislation of that kind. Now, how about it America?

Jimmy, please do not laugh. Last week I read the aims and objections of the YMCA downstairs and was so moved by it that I decided to copy it, but when I went down about 15 minutes ago (5:45 pm), it would seem I had read something else. Here goes:

The YMCA Aims & Objectives

  1. Develop self-confidence and self-respect and an appreciation of their own worth as individuals.
  2. Develop a faith for daily living based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ that they may thereby be helped in achieving their highest potential as individuals.
  3. Grow as responsible members of their families and citizens of their communities.
  4. Appreciate that health of mind and body is a sacred gift and physical fitness and mental well-being are conditions to be achieved and maintained.
  5. Recognised the worth of all persons and to work for interracial and intergroup understanding.
  6. Develop a sense of world-mindedness and to work for worldwide understanding.
  7. Develop their capacities for leadership and use them responsibly in their own group in community life.
  8. Appreciate the beauty, diversity and interdependence of all forms of life and all resources which God has provided in the world and to develop an ethical basis for guiding the relationship of mankind with the rest of God’s natural community.

Jimmy, they move the goalpost every time. If I had read that thing once, I certainly would not have wanted to reread it. I would have recognised it for the rubbish it is and would never have thought for one moment that it had anything to do with something written a long time ago by real Christian people.

Yours in utter disgust.
PS: Please take care. Lots of love, hugs and kisses.

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