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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Poverty
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…

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Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: Danny Westneat, poverty, Reuel Robertson

August 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

The importance of social capital for living a good life

Thanks to columnist Jerry Large for echoing my own feelings in his column ["Why we should all care," Local News, July 30]. Yes, a healthier, more educated community is an advantage to all.  Why then do we create such obstacles to obtaining a better life?  Why is it that decent housing, health care…

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Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: Barbara Caceres, High Point Housing projects, Jerry Large

January 24, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Homelessness and poverty: Crisis clinic; low-income housing; public assistance

Corrected version Crisis Clinic assists families in dire need The article “King County’s homeless families await help, as backlog grows,” [Local News, Jan. 21] highlights the growing crisis in family homelessness, which government and nonprofits organizations are working hard to eliminate. By calling 2-1-1, Crisis Clinic is able to connect people to a wide array of human services,…

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Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: homelessness, Kathleen Southwick, Rita Moore

January 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

War on Poverty: The benefits of public assistance programs for the poor

Paid sick leave to lift women out of poverty Kathleen Parker’s column “Marriage as a solution to poverty” [Opinion, Jan. 15] left out some key solutions to lifting women out of poverty, including paid sick days, and family and medical leave insurance. Both are proven to build economic security for women and their families. Children in families…

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Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: Kathleen Parker, Nicholas D. Kristof, War on Poverty