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A Helping Hand in Community Healthcare

In Organizations on May 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

By: Sean Maiolo

Despite their often publicized faults and shortcomings, Americans take a lot of pride in, but rarely are credited for, their generosity and thousands charitable organizations. Nearly every issue in American society in every corner of the country features scores of volunteers and charities working tirelessly to lessen and eliminate its effects on their communities.

The struggling neighborhoods of Erie, Pa. are no different with hundreds of families and individuals in constant need of assistance as they wrestle with the many challenges of being working poor Americans.

Healthcare is one of the greatest difficulties the working poor face in Erie, often forced to take a backseat in favor of food, heating and other utilities.

Fortunately, some of Erie’s more fortunate and compassionate citizens recognize the importance in providing essential healthcare to the working poor and dedicate both time and money towards helping their neighbors in need. Read the rest of this entry »

Struggling, With Hope

In People on May 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

By: Sean Maiolo

It seems that whenever economic experts and other talking heads drone endlessly about the weak and gloomy state of the American economy, the individuals and families struggling the most never garner much attention.

When talking about economic hardships, the role of those people is almost more to impress a substantial lasting effect upon viewers, listeners and readers. The sheer quantity of people struggling from day to day possesses at least some degree of shock-value even if those numbers have hardly changed over the continuing life of this recession.

There is no one person or one family barely getting by. Instead there are millions upon millions of people. But those statistics, although eye-catching, reflect only a long series of numerals strung together to form one large number.

Therefore, as the old adage goes, the numbers never tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

An Obscene Yet Unseen Issue

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

By Sean Maiolo

Recession is a very ugly word. When the housing market collapsed in 2007, other aspects of the economy soon followed suit, either freezing or taking tremendous steps backward.

Some of the luckiest individuals endured only a wage freeze while others took pay cuts, sometimes significant ones, just to remain among the suddenly shrinking core of working Americans.

While all this unfolded on the job front, the costs of goods and services managed to sustain themselves and in many cases increased, creating a tremendous inflation of individuals classified as America’s working poor. Read the rest of this entry »