Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

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  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Liberal Ted:
    You are really out of touch with reality. College tuition has outpaced the Pell Grant! It doesn't even cover the full cost of tuition at my University and my friends who get Pell Grants need to come up with hundreds of dollars to cover the difference. It doesn't cover books. I don't know how you think housing & food would be free!
    Several part time jobs aren't going to pay for even one class, let alone rent and living costs. When did you graduate from college? Back when tuition was $200 a semester? I think that's when my parents went to school in early 1980. My tuition will be rising to $2700. spring semester and one of my books is $550. When you go to ask the college offices for help they offer loans at 8% interest. There are few scholarships available for students who are not freshman. Reality check!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 12:51 p.m.


    The source came from the Las Vegas Review-Journal---November 26, 2011

    By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press.

    Chinese make up about a quarter of the students with many others from India and South Korea. I rounded it to half the student body . Many come from India through out the country.

    Also check Bob Linder--Associated Press

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    College isn't that expensive if you're poor. You can apply for a grant. The federal government will cover: housing, food, tuition, books and you can still work a part time job. The resources are there. It just takes someone getting off of their butt, and going up to the school and asking what resources are available. Then formulating a plan.

    I worked several part time jobs and paid cash for my university education. Sometimes I could only afford 1 class for the semester. Sometimes I would work more hours in the semester so I could save up and pay for two full semesters. It's a matter of getting off of ones butt and doing something about it.

    If you're physically that bad of a shape that you can't work. Then you should be on welfare and not complaining about not going to school. I doubt 50% of the country should be in that position.

    But, then again democrats need dependent voters.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    if you have nothing it is almost imposible to train yourself because of education is so expensive now in colledge for example getting up to and well above ten thousand a year, how are you going to pay for that when you make 16,000 per year? the people that are making the most money help to make education expensive by having high wages. not everyone can go to colledge anyway because someone has to do all the other work. no child left behind is the worst thing this country has ever done. when someone cannot make it in the education system why dont we train them in a vocation so they can be skilled. the germans do this and have some of most sdkilled workers in the world. but this will never happen in this country because the elected dont answer to the people at all anymore.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec. 15, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    @Worf: Care to cite your last sentence. Here's what I found: "southwestern
    Missouri, Missouri State University, and CNAS are not diverse." And from the University's own website, they are trying to address diversity, as they don't have much diversity at their school. Perhaps you were citing MSU's China campus, which is just a tad misleading!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    What is wrong with this picture?

    We give away money overseas to placate pressure groups and yet Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Many go to bed hungrey or go without medicines because they can not afford it. We have misplaced values.

    Recently my wife and my self viewed the movie "The Help".

    It takes place in the South around the 1960s and deals with the black ladies who worked as domestics.

    At one part of the movie one of the domestics asks the lady of the house for a loan of $75 because she is short of money to send her twin sons to college. The lady responds I am going to do you a favor. I am not going to loan you the money so you will resourceful and find it somewhere else. The maid then said I will work for free for it and the ladys response was No!

    Basically I see this attitude with many of the posters on KSL and in my opinion it is very unChristian.

    I would say to these folks lighten up you might be in their position some day.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 15, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    Wow! Cooperative learning, hands on, and standardized testing was supposed to boost the educational level of our people. It was research based and we've spent alot. Why so many poor and low income people? Why so many foreigners coming in, and taking our skilled jobs?

    Just one of many examples.-- Skilled & high tech jobs in the Edison New Jersey area are taken by people from India and China. More than half of Edison's population are from India and China.

    Half or more of Missouri State University's student body, are from South Korea, India, and China.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 15, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Questions poor people should ask themselves every day! Why am I poor? Lack of marketable job skills? Unprepared and unqualified for higher paying jobs? Addictions? Laziness? No father in the home? Ease of obtaining public welfare? All the above? Or am I simply a victim of being suppressed somehow by the greedy "rich", the "winners of life's lottery"? You decide! The answer you give will more than anything else determine whether or not you will always remain poor! Been there done that! I did something about it and now, I am not poor anymore! If I can do it, you can as well! Mostly, it really does come down to our choices our decisions and our investments in ourselves. I know some will not agree and will become angry and that in itself is a choice, like living in poverty!

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    If you are a Dictator or Republican this is great news for a socialist government to control society. It does prove that low wages and oppression does work to take over and control the lives and souls of its citizens. Now to convince the richer half to share more of their wealth and prosperity with the less fortunate, and government. Once we are 100% poor our freindly neighborhood comrades in government will feed us some gruel and take us to our factory job assigned to us.