Letter to the Editor

California poverty

San Luis ObispoNovember 15, 2013 

As we approach the end of 2013, my nomination for the story of the year is the shocking Tribune article Nov. 7 indicating that our state, when the costs of housing and child care are factored in, now has by far the highest rate of poverty in the nation — nearly 1 in 4 Californians. This revised calculation shows we easily outpace even states in the Deep South, indeed everywhere.

Can there be any more important priority now in our state than finding better ways of feeding our hungry, caring for the sick and housing the homeless? After the generous feasts those in need receive this Thanksgiving, where do they go for a meal the next day?

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