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vero

We don't quite have the feeling in this country, that it is the government's job to look after us.

Donna

I own a resale store in Holly Twp and people are coming in here everyday now telling me they have just lost their jobs. They are all about 26 weeks(unemployment) away from hunger, foreclosure, and major stress related illness with no health insurance. Remember the old saying from the 1980's recession? Will the last one out of Michigan please turn off the light.

Beth Miller

To begin with Lisa, anyone who could look at that beautiful child and see ANYTHING but beauty isn't worth the ground they walk on. And those who use the N word have absoultely NO class what-so-ever!

As for hunger in America, it sickens me to think that anyone has to go hungry! We have so much WHY is anyone going without? No child should be hungry or allowed to go hungry. As for EBT food cards--before a person passes judgment on someone using them they had better be thankful that circumstances aren't reversed!

JP Merzetti

Isn't Loretta just a beautiful writer? I had to pause 2 or 3 times through Growing up Empty - just overwhelmed at what I was reading.
I'm a lucky man. I was hungry with my boy exactly one weekend in his life. That's it. Scared the crap out of me, and made an impression I'll never forget.

I love the quote - something about how a woman stealing food to feed her child, would be prosecuted through the court system, go to jail, and her child farmed out to the foster care system.
Here it is folks: the total cost of that - would subsidize a decent rent, feed her and her child, and probably educate that child all the way through college graduation.
Would this not be a better use of the funds?
Talk about a face that wants to cut its nose off to spite itself!

What really intrigues me about Loretta's follow-up in 2002 (20 years later) is the new middle class crowd showing up. The writing is indeed, on the wall.

No nation on earth sits with such an oppulence of absolute plenty - and hedges the surpluses so brutally.

Shall we now return to Tudor England, and emulate the sins of Henry?

As I sit and write this, public radio is talking about child poverty right now - and the growing rage.
Something has to give...

Debbie

Both Loretta┬┤s books are fantastic and I learnt a lot about real life in the US. Even in countries where the government takes some responsiblity - Germany for example - the six million recipients of the equivalent of Welfare (Welfare to Work) have to live on the minimum and a schoolchild is given under three dollars a day for food and school supplies. The equivalent of ramen noodles.

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