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September 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

To tackle poverty, it needs to be understood better

Danny Westneat’s column points to a better way to talk about poverty: taking the distribution of wealth and income into account [“Surrounded by a feeling of poverty amid signs of prosperity,” Local News, Sept. 23].

His quotation of statistics on the percentage of Washington residents living below the poverty line is a better way to gauge poverty than average income or wealth data, which are frequently quoted. Boom times combined with an increase in the concentration of high incomes can lead to increased poverty rates, despite the averages hiding it.

Recognizing the reality of increased poverty is crucial to doing something about it.

Reuel Robertson, Woodinville

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