Time to Change the View on Single Mothers and Poverty

There’s a long standing view that married couples are better off financially than single people. All in all it is true, but marriage may not be in the cards for everyone. Regardless of this, for years there has been a misguided attempt to curb single mother poverty by funding marriage … Continue reading

We Gather Together to Ask . . .

 by Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a realization of all we are thankful for. But the usual litany, even with the omnipresent pictures of the less fortunate being fed by the … Continue reading

Universal Neglect: A Failure to Protect Americans’ Health

I received a letter from a friend this past week. It was a letter he should never have had to write, yet did so out of desperation. He is 80 years old, living off occasional writings and Social Security. He has Medicare, but no dental insurance, and that’s the problem. … Continue reading

The Snipers of Jersey Shore

  by WALTER BRASCH   Garder54 calls Kevin June “a real scum.” LadyDawg4 calls him a “sleazeball.” Proud2bMom calls him a “liar and a thief.” Kevin June is the reluctant leader for the 37 families of the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pa., who were evicted from their … Continue reading

Collateral Damage in the Marcellus Shale

    by WALTER BRASCH   There’s nothing to suggest that in his 51 years Kevin June should be a leader. Not from his high school where he dropped out after his freshman year. Not from his job, where he worked as an auto body technician for more than 35 … Continue reading

‘The Supercommittee Must Fail,’ Congress Is Told

By focusing on deficit reduction, not job creation, the so-called congressional supercommittee is focused entirely on the wrong problems and therefore, the nation would be better off it were to fail to come up with a deal, progressive members of Congress were told Wednesday. Indeed, the sorts of budget-cutting likely … Continue reading