Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Poverty revealed

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

I have been noticing that most people are unaware or uninformed that poverty is happening here in Lawrence as well as in other parts of the world. Why should we care?

When people have poor living conditions, they can get sick and cannot do their best. If the parents work three jobs a day, then they have no time to spend with their kids and cannot make sure that they do their schoolwork. Also if they get poor nutrition, that could also cause poor grades. If they don’t do well in school, then they can’t go to college and don’t have a good education. Therefore, they can’t get a good job. It’s the circle of poverty.

What can we do to help? One thing we can do is to raise the minimum wage. Then, moms don’t have to work three jobs a day to put food on the table and can help their kids in school. That will help the kids to get a good education and raise themselves up in the world.

What else can we do? Donate needed items like coats, mittens, canned food and money. You can donate to the Penn House at 1035 Pennsylvania St. Please help by donating items today.

Zachary Spears,

Southwest Junior High


SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 5 months ago

With all respect to this youngster, he needs to one day go to college and take Economics 101. There he will learn that the government cannot force wage hikes without corresponding negative effects. The few workers that would unfairly benefit from mandated wage hikes would be outnumbered by those forced out of the workforce because of job scarcity.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

Zachary, perhaps there could be something on FaceBook where the homeless who need jobs can post their needs and qualifications and the Salvation Army or someone could provide a dedicated phone for scheduling interviews.It seems to me the Internet could be an excellent forum for this.I would think that a decent and caring employer would want their employees to have a living wage. It can be done. Don't give up. The laborer is worthy of his hire.

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