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There it was, right in front of me, like a big fat hanging curve ball over the middle of the plate. On the front page of the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal was the question, “What would Jesus do?” This was in reference to a story on “What Would Jesus Do” bikers giving away backpacks to Auburn’s homeless: “Gifts of backpacks give homeless help in the Auburn summer heat.” That being said, there is nothing but good that can come from charitable giving, in the right place and the right time. I believe this was one of those charitable acts. However, the question is still hanging out there. Jesus would do what Jesus did on the Sea of Galilee when confronted with the hungry multitude, and he and his disciples were tempted to give away fishes to alleviate their hunger. However, rather than do that, he did them one better. He taught them to fish, reasoning that if you give a person a fish, you feed him (her) for one day. Teach them to fish, and they are fed for a lifetime. I will leave it to you, gentle readers, to extrapolate from there. Chuck Butler, Granite Bay