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County Making Progress On Poverty

May 18, 2014

To The Reader’s Forum: I was very happy to see that there is a concerted effort on the part of county officials and agencies to address the serious problem of povert....

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May-20-14 11:06 PM

The real problem is that the 1% has 45% of the wealth in this country.

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May-18-14 5:36 PM

Raising the minimum wage is fine, but the real problem is the generous government handouts that are more lucrative than getting a job.

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May-18-14 3:32 PM

As for the minimum was never meant to be a living wage. It was and is designed for entry level, low-skill jobs. A person making $10.10 per hour, for example, makes $404 per week and $21,008 per year, which is STILL below the poverty line. So please explain to me how raising the minimum wage is going to raise people out of poverty. The best solution: A vibrant, health economy that is producing the types of jobs where people earn a good living. That way the market dictates, not the government. Which brings up a problem, we would need a workforce that is motivated, wants to work and earn and learn and that can pass a drug test. Right now in this area, that is a problem. Employers can't fill positions because people can't pass a drug test. Really people, wake up!!!

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May-18-14 3:25 PM

You are right, Mr. Alessi, we are making progress on poverty, if your criteria is that MORE people than ever are IN poverty in this country. The middle class is shrinking and becoming poorer, median income is DOWN. What utopia do you live in? Or, perhaps it is your rose colored glasses.

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May-18-14 9:40 AM

What is called poverty here is wealthy in much of the world.

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May-18-14 8:50 AM

it sure is funny how the govt employees are always first to complain how money is spent, etc, etc but God forbid if teachers have to take pay cuts or start performing. hypocrites.

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May-18-14 6:54 AM

It is the taxpayer who is poor Mr.Alessi and getting poorer by the minute. Cities and towns take care of their roads,the State will pave State roads and the the County does a great job with County roads and bridges. They do an amazing job considering our brutal winter weather and how little money is designated for anything but Welfare in the county budget. Raising the minimum wage will cause problems for the very people we need to help. You can't really continue to believe in Santa Clause for your whole life.

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