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PostImages of Poverty (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/26/19 2:39 pm)
I also have seen some images of poverty. One was this young immigrant to the US who was going to college on a student visa which forbade working for a living. He did break the law working odd jobs. It was barely enough to pay tuition, so many times hunger would knock. He would go to Bob's restaurant around noon and buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee, with free refills. By putting a lot of sugar and cream in his four or five cups of coffee he was able to make the meal last for the whole day. On one occasion the young man got a discarded big container full of aged sour cream which supplemented his diet for a few days when combined with a loaf of bread. The amazing thing is that the young man did not think it was honorable for him to go on welfare or get food stamps because that was only for needy people. I tried telling him otherwise but he never listened.
A similar image of poverty is that some colleges today have organized a food pantry because some of the students, including many US citizens, are hungry despite the fact that some have part-time jobs as they go to school. These are young people trying to do what society told them to do: work for a living, try to improve their lot by getting an education, and staying away from drugs and criminal behavior. For how long can they keep going before they give up and join the hordes of homeless and drug addicts?
How can we justify or just try to explain the priorities of a national government which have operated with an ideology which creates billionaire while hardworking citizens trying to improve themselves are starving in their efforts? We are not talking about just people who have given up on life. These young people deserve government attention. We as a society are failing them now and we will be failing ourselves in the future. Our sense of priorities suck!
JE comments: I hear many stories of student poverty. During his college days, our late colleague Bob Gibbs lived for a time in his car. He showered in the university gym. Bob rose from the humblest beginnings to an amazing life of scholarship and service to his country. Especially on Memorial Day, I miss him greatly.