Viewpoints: Media gives us distorted view of the poor
Date: 12/08/2013 | Commentary
WASHINGTON -- You can take our word for it. Americans don't trust each other anymore.
Date: 12/01/2013 | Nation & World
Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a lengthy paper outlining a populist philosophy that he says will guide his papacy as he pushes the Catholic Church to reach out more, particularly to the disenfranchised.Using...
Date: 11/27/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday.
Date: 11/07/2013 | Nation & World
EVERETT -- There are more hungry kids out there than one might think.Thanks to the Packs for Kids program, more of those children are now coming to school with full stomachs.
Date: 11/01/2013 | Local News
WASHINGTON -- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program costs about $80 billion per year and provides food aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households -- some 47 million people. Those numbers swelled dramatically during the recession.But the food-stamp program is set to...
Date: 10/29/2013 | Nation & World
NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria — The mystery is solved — but the future of the young girl known only as Maria is still uncertain.DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple living in an impoverished village with their nine other children...
Date: 10/25/2013 | Nation & World
Does anyone remember the experiment my family did last March called MyPlate on My Budget? My goal was to find out if my family could keep to the USDA Cost of Food at Home Thrifty Budget, and also follow the...
Date: 10/13/2013 | I Brake for Moms
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who served in the Clinton administration, warned during an interview of the perils of widening income inequality in the United States, excessive executive compensation and the future of labor.Reich is promoting his new documentary,...
Date: 09/29/2013 | Business
TULALIP -- United Way of Snohomish County on Wednesday recognized people who have spent years helping others. Ed Petersen, who cofounded Housing Hope a quarter-century ago, was among honorees at United Way's...
Date: 09/26/2013 | Local News
LOS ANGELES -- Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.
Date: 09/26/2013 | Business
She lived it. Now Donna Beegle works to help others understand poverty, and to escape it."I tell people I'm bilingual. I speak fluent middle-class language, and the language I grew up with -- in crisis," the Oregon woman said last week.Beegle, 52, has a doctoral...
Date: 09/01/2013 | Local News
United Way of Snohomish County announced a new effort Tuesday that will provide up to $330,000 over three years to local agencies working to reduce poverty.
Date: 08/30/2013 | Local News
ARLINGTON -- A new nonprofit clinic is opening today that will serve any patient but is intended for the thousands of uninsured children and adults in north Snohomish County who don't have access to regular medical care.
Date: 08/12/2013 | Local News
The Everett and Marysville school districts will be able to provide preschool to more low-income 3- and 4-year-olds as part of a statewide effort to better prepare kids for school.
Date: 08/12/2013 | Local News
A national push to raise employee wages at restaurants, supermarkets and elsewhere to as high as $15 per hour pits labor organizers against business owners in an emotional debate about economics and the cost of living.Not directly included in the discussion is an important...
Date: 08/02/2013 | Business
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are preparing legislation that would cut food stamps by as much as $4 billion annually in an effort to downsize a program that many conservatives say has become too bloated in recent years.
Date: 08/01/2013 | Nation & World
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis showed his rebel side Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening...
Date: 07/26/2013 | Nation & World
ATLANTA -- If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health.
Date: 07/19/2013 | Nation & World
Everett event fills needs of 1,202 homeless and others
Date: 06/28/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.
Date: 06/24/2013 | Northwest
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of the nation's elderly population is "economically vulnerable" and would be particularly hard hit by even modest changes in the Social Security and Medicare programs being considered to slow the growth of the nation's long-term debt, according to a new...
Date: 06/06/2013 | Nation & World
Imagine you live in a country with little or no economic possibilities. You have no job, no way to sustain yourself or your family, and no one coming to your rescue. What would you do to feed yourself and your children? Thousands of people in Snohomish County have arrived here under...
Date: 05/26/2013 | Commentary
The easiest way to be a big help is coming up Saturday. While delivering mail, letter carriers here and across the country will pick up donations of nonperishable food during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Date: 05/10/2013 | Local News
I often get free books to review for my blog. Some of them are awful and some of them are good. "A Dream So Big, Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger" by Steve Peifer and Gregg Lewis was so awfully good that the week after I read it for the first time, I was still...
Date: 05/05/2013 | I Brake for Moms
"48.8 million Americans—including 16.2 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year." -
Date: 04/10/2013 | Light for Life
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared programs that serve the nation's most vulnerable — such as food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' assistance — from hard hits.
Date: 03/16/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-of-living adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an...
Date: 02/14/2013 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA -- Three contentious measures intended to save businesses money by changing workers' compensation rules were passed by the Washington state Senate on Monday.
Date: 02/04/2013 | Northwest
You rush to catch a flight, get settled on the plane and experience a sense of relief once you're in the air. Many of us know that feeling. Imagine, though, that the place you're leaving is Mali.
Date: 01/27/2013 | Local News
The homeless tell their stories during annual count
Date: 01/25/2013 | Local News
WASHINGTON -- An influential group of business CEOs is pushing a plan to gradually increase the full retirement age to 70 for both Social Security and Medicare and to partially privatize the health insurance program for older Americans.
Date: 01/17/2013 | Nation & World
Maggie Reece was 10 when her father died. A few years back, she found herself Christmas shopping for two girls who had just lost their dad."It was a woman with two children. Her husband had died unexpectedly," Reece said. "One of the daughters was 11. I felt like I could relate."
Date: 12/12/2012 | Local News
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an $880,000 award Tuesday that will help two agencies in Snohomish County fight poverty. United Way of Snohomish County and the
Date: 12/12/2012 | Local News