Results tagged with 'poverty'
Published July 30, 2014
Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) set forth another in his continuing series (like Harry Potter, but with more magical thinking) of budget committee plans designed to "help" the poor. I'd like to offer 100 things Paul Ryan could have proposed in this most recent version but didn't that might actually help the poor.
Published March 10, 2014
The question my students most often ask me is, "Why do you give so much work?" The second most often-asked question is, "Got any food?" Before this last weekend I had never thought to sit and quantify the questions my students ask me. But Paul Ryan made me do it.
Published July 12, 2013
A recent Journal Sentinel watchdog article highlighted one of the many problems with how residents qualify for financial assistance. This article revealed how landlords and the self employed can receive state aid based on the honor system. In essence, we're talking about receiving thousands of tax payer dollars without being verified that economic assistance is even needed.
Published April 25, 2013
Nobody is born a criminal. There is no inevitability to a kid becoming a criminal. There is something else at work here, and that leads us to the big question: Does crime cause poverty or does poverty cause crime?
Published Feb. 27, 2012
Last month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors meeting began with a moment of silence for four students who had died in the previous weeks. Again. Four kids - school-age kids - dead. This weekend, MPS superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton asked why we are not angry at the violence in Milwaukee?
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Over the past decade I have felt more Scrooge/Grinch than Cindy Loo Who or Tiny Tim. I used to love Christmas even though underneath the fake tree was empty most years. As a poor family we didn't have much. My mom did manage to buy gifts for us but my father's holiday spirit was misguided. He...
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