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Child poverty rolls on at epidemic high

The U.S. Census Bureau's new poverty data for the states show millions of families struggling mightily to keep their heads above water in the wake of the Great Recession.

Fourteen states saw statistic


  • Written by Marian Wright Edelman

Food challenge is daunting at $29 a week

Food challenge is daunting at $29 a week

I read recently where Greg Station, the mayor of Phoenix (Arizona), tried to live on $29 during a weeklong SNAP Experience program hosted by the Arizona Community Action Association. The amount of money allotted Station for food is the average food budget for a SNAP recipient per week. That's roughly $4.14 a day.

Living on $4.14 a day is next to impossible in this economy. How could Station – or anyone for that matter – stretch such a sum to make it throughout the day without sacrificing his or her health?


A compromise with extra pounds is no healthy choice

I'm sure you've heard the cliché that a man would rather have a woman with a little "meat on her bones" than a woman who is rail thin. Depending on whom you ask, the size of a woman does matter. So does the size of a man. It's one thing to be appealing to the opposite sex, but it's another thing if that appeal compromises your health.


Family income, home environment and the affect on young children

The arrival of a newborn baby can lead to mixed emotions.

For example, excitement, anticipation and happiness are common when welcoming a new bundle of joy into the world.

But other feelings may be more prevalent for parents who find themselves unprepared due to unplanned pregnancy, relationship turmoil or economic hardship. Negative emotions such as fear, anxiety and depression can rise to the surface and detrimentally affect their parenting abilities.


Weathering the recoil of the ‘Arab Spring’

Now that the so-called Arab Spring has sprung, we are beginning to feel the recoil, and it hurts. Who knows how much more it's going to hurt in the next few months or so?

All of the countries that sprang up against their leaders, which resulted in thousands of deaths, subsequent chaos, and geopolitical upheaval, are now trying to figure out what their next move will be. And what are the implications for the United States in this aftermath of the Arab Spring?


  • Written by James Clingman

No bullies at the polls

"Eligible Americans have a civic duty to vote, and government at the federal, state, and local level has a responsibility to protect voters from illegal interference and intimidation."


  • Written by Marc Morial

‘F’ in Chicago

Emboldened educators in Chicago who are members of the American Federation of Teachers finally euphemistically said enough is enough and put their collective feet down on the streets by striking against the city of Chicago, and the so-called reform of national education favored by the White House and United States Department of Education.


A starter plan to regain your health

This week, I am providing a few simple recipes for those of you who have requested or need some assistance in preparing for a lifestyle change. What you eat will determine whether your health teeters or improves dramatically. The following recipes will help you get started.