Poverty may be America’s greatest public health crisis Second in a six-part series Poverty and poor health worldwide are inextricably linked… Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health. Poverty increases the chances of poor health. Poor health in turn traps communities in poverty. — Health Poverty Action Poverty's harsh effects on health start before … [Read more...]
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Beaten to death in Wilmar jail The January 7, 2018, death of 56-year-old George Edward Washington, while in police custody in the Kandiyohi County jail in Wilmar, Minnesota, is no longer the “mystery” of our column two weeks ago. The word now is “cover-up.” The family was able to recover the body the sheriff’s office tried to have cremated (to destroy the evidence) and … [Read more...]
From the Star Tribune emotional "Affordable housing becomes top priority" (January 10th)... While local variations contribute to the problems, they boil down to one pervasive trend: As the economy expands, rents rise faster than tenants' incomes." But I don't see a connection between how landlords who have done nothing to expand the economy, get the freedom to price-gouge … [Read more...]
Poor, single parent mothers and men looking for work are being denied access during the times they can use the Workforce Center “Unfriendly” Center. Our neighbors being single parents mothers and/or other out of work citizens (mostly minorities) using their last money to catch a cab, pay for babysitters, bus fair and other hardships they have to work through, are being … [Read more...]
Last year wrought disasters of Biblical proportion. The disasters weren’t limited to natural disasters, but social, economic and political calamities as well. These events gave us a peek into our future and revealed that failure of this society to change course will ultimately result in catastrophe. But like actors in a horror movie, we ignore the signs of our impending doom. … [Read more...]