"By the Time You Read This...": Meanwhile DC Fiddles...
And I was stopped short by the posted clipping:
(AP) A 53-year-old wife and mother fatally shot herself shortly after faxing a letter to her mortgage company saying that by the time they foreclosed on her house that day, she would be dead.
Police said that Carlene Balderrama used her husband's high-powered rifle to kill herself Tuesday afternoon, shortly after faxing the letter at 2:30 p.m.
The mortgage company called police, who found Balderrama's body at 3:30 p.m. The auction was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and interested buyers arrived at the property in Taunton, about 35 miles south of Boston, while Balderrama's body was still inside, according to Taunton police chief Raymond O'Berg.
Police did not immediately release the name of the mortgage company. O'Berg said Balderrama's fax read, in part, "By the time you foreclose on my house I'll be dead."
One day??? And even then according to the various reports I heard over the weekend, there are so many different requirements and loopholes in the legislation that it may or may not have even helped Carlene with her situation.
If anything, Carlene...and the others like her who are suffering from hopelessness and despair...I don't know. Government means a lot of things to a lot of different people. And while I'm not sure that it can be everything to everybody, and I recognize that personal responsibility is necessary, I'd like to see a legislature that can help folks deal.
I don't have the answers to this. But I do know that Carlene's suicide should be a wake up call to someone somewhere.
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