Communities need reality

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 11:26 p.m.

Bravo to Parker A. Small, Jr. (Voice, Jan. 7). Sometimes communities need some reality orientation as to what it means to be poor and homeless in an area where one can be incarcerated for sleeping in a parking lot or city park. Just where does one go to lay one's head?

Small is right. Try living on a $5.15 an hour wage, especially when you can't even get that on a daily basis. I also wonder what is going to happen to those impoverished and homeless people now that prescription drug fees for the poor have ceased to exist. Of course, they really don't have the medical care that they need so maybe they don't need the prescriptions.

Most agencies that serve the poor and homeless have seen a decrease in donations of both money and volunteers this past year. If it's because most of us are one or two paychecks away from the same demise, maybe we'd better rethink poverty.

Marilyn Maple


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