Tag Archive: poor

Sep 28

Bossing the poor around:How about a bill banning soda sales at the House of Representatives’ cafeterias?

I spent a few months on food stamps this year. As a single woman in San Diego, I qualified for $70 a month — less than a dollar per meal. But I’m lucky and I’m unusual because many of my friends are farmers and gardeners and I know how to forage wild foods. Determined to …

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Sep 05

CNB helps Habitat: Commits $30,000.00 to Longview Habitat for Humanity Building Campaign

  Brad Tidwell, president and chief executive officer of Citizens National Bank recently announced that the bank has pledged a capital donation of $30,000 to Longview Habitat for Humanity. “Citizens National Bank is deeply rooted in the communities we serve and has been for over 83 years. We are proud to be an integral part …

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Aug 31

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Our health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Getting well Takes lots of pluck, With health guys out To make a buck. As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever. Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse. …

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Aug 15

The Bezillionaire Times

Amazon’s bezillionaire CEO is buying The Washington Post, America’s second-most prestigious daily newspaper. Jeff Bezos only had to pay $250 million, less than 1 percent of his $28 billion personal fortune. Has plutocracy finally overwhelmed our press? Some veteran journalists fear the worst. Another grand old family of American journalism, the lament goes, has stepped …

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Jun 17

Farm bill to affect the hungry

The Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) released estimates today of the serious impact that a House-proposed farm bill could have on federal SNAP (food stamps) benefits and the struggling Texans who rely on them. A similar bill with fewer cuts passed the Senate Monday evening. The most drastic change under debate, to a state policy …

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Jun 14

Texas Bank & Trust bankrolls Habitat for Humanity

The local Texas Bank & Trust has pledged $50,000 to the Long Habitat for Humanity’s Foundations for the Future Capital Campaign. The donation will fund a new facility. “As a community bank we understand that access to safe and affordable housing is vitally important to the strength of any community. There is no better testament …

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Jun 10

A frog-jumping double standard on food subsidies

I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga. I call it “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump.” The critter’s name is Representative Stephen Fincher. He’s a millionaire, agribusiness operator, gospel singer, and tea party Republican who was elected to Congress in 2010 from …

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Jun 07

None of my business: We have a cockeyed view of poverty in America.

It was late, I was grumpy, and the woman in front of me was buying cigarettes. I noticed the items in her cart: brand-name snacks, colas, and frozen foods. I looked at how she dressed, considered the carton of cigarettes she requested, and made a wager to myself that she would pay with government assistance. …

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