Homelessness is not a modern phenomenon. The first cases of the homeless in America date back to the 1640s, according to Street News Service. Wars fought between the settlers and Native Americans displaced people on both sides. Back then, people would show up to a town and make a case for why they should be … Continue reading Give Me Shelter
Why America Loves Dollar Stores
American families have tightened their belts in the current economy, and they’re looking to smart sources for products they need to run their homes. The dollar store has answered the call, and many Americans are routinely shopping at these venues for great savings—and the feeling of pride in being penny-wise. “I routinely visit my local … Continue reading Why America Loves Dollar Stores
The Poor Are Getting Poorer
Today, 83% of people living in poverty are either children, elderly, [disabled], students, [caretakers] or [the unemployed], according to The Washington Post. There are six million families with children living in poverty right here in the United States, [considered the] wealthiest nation in history, which means one in five families are living in poverty. For … Continue reading The Poor Are Getting Poorer
Businesses Need American Education to Be Great
Listening to the  presidential debates, all [of] the candidates want to make America better than it is today. They want America to lead the world, not to follow. According to Ranking America, [the United States leads] the world with the largest prison population at 2,217,000 prisoners, followed by China at 1,657,812 and Russia at … Continue reading Businesses Need American Education to Be Great
Surviving a Broken World
We just went through the season of celebration, but, really, is there anything to celebrate? There are hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, fleeing war, persecution and violence in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries. The indiscriminate terrorist attacks killing 130 people in Paris were so senseless, as was … Continue reading Surviving a Broken World
Our Country Should Be Proud of Its Military
Why does our military get such a bum rap in the news, where all we read about are homeless veterans, veteran suicides and how much our veterans’ hospitals have let us down? Our military is the most professional organization on Earth, and we do not give them credit for how good they really are in … Continue reading Our Country Should Be Proud of Its Military
Shouldn’t We Be Helping Those at Home First?
The United States spends $30 billion a year on official development assistance overseas, according to Oxfam America. [...] We have foreign aid [to protect] our national security with [the] hopes it will reduce [the] poverty and injustice that fuel social tensions and [destabilize] countries. It also helps with our own economic interests, because aid can … Continue reading Shouldn’t We Be Helping Those at Home First?
Can’t Stop the Giving
Now that the season of giving is officially over, we are approaching the harshest time of year, when underprivileged, poor and homeless fellow Americans need our help the most. The average high [temperature] across the United States in January is 42° F and the average low is 27°, [making it[ the coldest month of the … Continue reading Can’t Stop the Giving
The Homeless Need More Than Blankets
In this land of plenty and this land of opportunity, [more than] 600,000 Americans experience homelessness on any given night, [including] 138,000 [...] under the age of 18. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the national rate of homeless persons is 19 [in every] 10,000 people, with the highest [rate] in Washington, D.C., … Continue reading The Homeless Need More Than Blankets
Is the Recession Really Over?
[Recently], Gallup reported that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year, known as “the birth and death rates," [...] just crossed to the bad for the first time since [its] measurement began—[a]nnually, 400,000 new businesses are being born nationwide, while 470,000 are dying. [...] [Until] the recession, startups outpaced business … Continue reading Is the Recession Really Over?