‘Appalachia update: progress, chronic woes after 50 years’ and more

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By Max R. Weller

Read the article from Seattle Times online, originally published 2/22/2015. Quoting from it below:

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with almost $4 in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study.

The exhaustive report for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) cites progress in some categories  — poverty rates have fallen by about half, for instance — though the research didn’t quantify the ARC’s impact on many of the individual demographic trends. And researchers noted that other problems persist, including disproportionately high mortality rates and dependency on government checks.

The commission’s leaders acknowledge that even after half a century, the need for aid is as great as ever, a sentiment echoed by heads of the region’s charities. (Emphasis is mine — MRW)

No kidding? Like Captain Renault in “Casablanca” I’m shocked, shocked at this! Seriously, would you expect anyone working in the poverty industry to say anything else? They know on which side their bread is buttered . . . Just like the people working in the homeless shelter/services industry here in Boulder, CO that spends millions of dollars annually, and never reduces the number of homeless people on the streets. More Poor and Homeless People = More Money.

Read the rest of the story linked to above carefully; it addresses health care and homelessness in the Appalachian region.

Winter weather is predicted to arrive tonight. See National Weather Service forecast for Boulder, CO.

The more intelligent Travelers will seek out a warmer clime:

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That’s all for now, folks.

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