Study: More of Utah's children living among poverty

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 2:11 a.m.

    It does not appear my comments went through so I am posting again. I second the motion. Truth seeker your comments are ridiculous. I don'tknow why DN allows them. I suspect you just like to spread to spread contention and discontent. You come across as an angry and unhappy person.

    There was no mention in the article of the ethnicity or illegal immigration. Then why bring it up? I really wonder about the motivation of some posters. They appear to be motivated by a single issue.

    2 Bits yes it is a government problem. Poverty leads to violence, crime, and that leads to incarceration in prisons and jails. There is a reason it is called the Utah State Prison.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    Put them to work in the mines to teach them about responsibility. /Newt

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 25, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    Utah statistics:

    64% (196,515) of children in low-income families have at least one parent who is employed full-time, year-round.
    28% (85,817) of children in low-income families have at least one parent who is employed either part-year or part-time.
    8% (25,743) of children in low-income families do not have an employed parent.

    29% (88,850) of children in low-income families live with a single parent.

    31% (200,046) of white children live in low-income families.

    58% (80,914) of Hispanic children live in low-income families.

    40% (8,670)* of Asian children live in low-income families.

    38% (121,584) of children, under age 6, live in low-income families.

    66% (56,064) of children of immigrant parents live in low-income families.

    32% (235,026) of children of native-born parents live in low-income families.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 25, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    DN articles about poverty and immigration really brings out ugly judgementalism and ignorance. It's hard to believe some of these comments come from "Christians."

    Do any of you personally know someone struggling with poverty?

    Re:My ChildrensKeeper
    Your claims are ridiculous and far from the reality I know.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Remember, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is a hard left outfit dedicated to boosting "nanny state" welfare programs, so their "research" must be take with great skepticism.

    It is astounding (or perhaps, expected) that their "study" makes no effort to determine if this problem reflects the huge number of people here illegally. Naturally, most illegals declare zero income bcause they cannot legally work, and most would deny receiving any welfare beneftis obtained using fruadulent identity documents. Hence, large numbers of "children living in poverty" when that is not actually the case.

    Exactly where in the Constitution does it allow the federal government to seize money from working people to give to other people?

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 25, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Parents in these "concentrated" areas may be discovered to be buying cigarettes and beer while watching their sattelite tv and chating on the cell phone before feeding their children.

    Let's do some real studies of the cause of poverty before we start creating another government program to help. I'm getting tired of driving through my poor neighborhoods and seeing people lounging all over their porches drinking beer, driving nicer cars than I can affort and dressed to hilt with hats, chains, and sneakers that are expensive enough to buy food for a month and satellite dishes on every roof.

    Help the truly needed and help the truly lazy. Two different problems, two different solutions.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 4:54 a.m.

    Welcome to the Utah plan of slaver business owners and socialist government that discourages prosperity and self sufficient citizens from being acheivers and pulling themselves out of their poverty. This state discourages prosperity and try their best to socialize people in to government dependence. If people wanted out of poverty, then improve wages for citizens and cut socialist programs and send the excess back to Mexico.

    More misinformation and disinformation from this tabloid news paper. When this origination DN is talking about "pockets of poverty" they are referring to the illegal alien Mexicans living in their illegal underground communities terrorizing and looting this state. While these terrorist can't get jobs because they are illegal is no excuse for them to expect comfort and pity from the americans they are exploiting.

    And this documentation of poverty is a hoax, all these pockets of illegal poverty are a lie and earning $50K/year in welfare. Poverty does not exist in the illegal community, poverty is in the lives and families of americans wanting their jobs back from illegal workers Utah employers are defrauding this state with.

    As long as Utah's government maintains its illegal workers in the state, socialism and poverty are economic bedfellows. It's too bad Utah doesn't have a reliable and honest news media involved in the true meaning of true journalism.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Feb. 25, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    Those who tithe could stop and give 10% more to their kids. It might be enough to get some families out of poverty.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Feb. 24, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    "Poverty will always be around to one degree or another. I don't like poverty, but it's a good motivator. If we fear poverty... we will do what it takes to stay out."

    - George Carlin once said this about our country's class system:

    The rich make all the money, pay none of the taxes
    The middle class do all the work, pay all the taxes
    The poor ... just to scare the *crap* out of the middle class! Keep them showing up at those jobs!

    I think that's funny and quite relevant.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    The best way to help poor hungry children is not for the government to give them food.

    The best way is to lower taxes on the super rich. This will allow them to purchase even bigger mansions, and yachts. This in turn will inspire their parents into working hard, and thus being able to feed their own children.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 24, 2012 10:27 p.m.


    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

    No reason for a child going hungry, when you have:

    * free school lunches
    * food stamps
    * church welfare
    * food bank
    * etc.

  • Lorin Lehi, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    I have an idea. Instead of donating millions to Super-PACs. Why don't we donate millions to a Super-Feed the Children fund. 10 million would go a long ways towards feeding hungry children. Its sad when in a Christian state like Utah that children are going hungry.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 24, 2012 5:11 p.m.


    Yeah, too bad those children chose such crappy parents!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 24, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    We have spent trillions of dollars with our war on poverty. Money spent, equals about a hundred fifty thousand dollars for every second in a year.

    So, why are more children living among poverty?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    I know this sounds harsh but... is this the Parent's problem? Or the Government's problem?

    So who should we look expect to FIX it? The Government? Or the Parents?

    I think Utah parents need to take responsibility for this. The Government can TRY to fix it. But they well never succeed until the Parent's own the situation and see it as THEIR responsibility to solve it.

    We do need a safety net, and there are many families who really do need neighborhood or government support, but we need to quit looking to the Government FIRST when we see headlines like "More Utah children live in poverty", etc.

    Nothing can keep ALL children out of poverty. Working as a team, a village, or a community is needed. But most importantly... seeing to it that YOUR children don't live in poverty is the PARENT'S job, not the Government's. If we all do this the trend will do better.

    We should be helping our neighbors (volunarily)... so more people can avoid this mind-set that it's the government's job to get them out of poverty.

    Poverty will always be around to one degree or another. I don't like poverty, but it's a good motivator. If we fear poverty... we will do what it takes to stay out. If it's not OUR job to do what it takes to avoid poverty, and think it's the GOVERNMENT'S job to insure that my children don't live in Poverty... the problem will continue to grow.