My local paper did a big front page story about a single poverty-stricken Mom. The story talks about how difficult it was for her to apply for food stamps/other aid, visit the food pantry and participate in operation school bell. Her husband committed suicide and left her with a 9, 12 and 15 yr old girls to raise. It talks about her struggle to buy them the basics and fund their participation in sports. She receives $2800 a month from her husband's social security.
I was all set to feel sorry for her until I got to the part where she had quit her job. Before he died they were a 2 paycheck family. She worked in a very nice daycare/preschool here in town. After he died she quit her job to take care of her kids! They were 9, 12 and 15! Wouldn't they have been better off if she had continued working instead of getting them on the govt dole? I felt sorry for the kids, their names and school are listed in the paper. The article was very revealing.
I am not trying to be insensitve or anything. It just seems to me that if she had kept her job which had to be earning at least a thousand a month she would have been doing pretty good by many standards...more than $45,000 a yr.
I also think our paper could have chosen a much better representative of the REAL poverty out there.
What are your thoughts? What would you have done?
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:29 AM on Nov. 29, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 11:08 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
I wouldn't have allowed my children to be singled out as impoverished. That isn't going to be good for their social situation. I agree that there are more needy people too.
Answer by dancinintherain at 10:44 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by EverydayMomma at 11:00 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 11:23 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by MissAlisabeth at 11:23 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 11:52 PM on Nov. 28, 2010
Answer by Farmlady09 at 12:05 AM on Nov. 29, 2010
Answer by agentwanda at 12:09 AM on Nov. 29, 2010
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