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Eau Claire Poverty at a Minimum

Written By: Dan Stanley  |  Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

                 The words "poverty" and "poor" always evoke a certain amount of sympathy and discussion as well as action.  The result in Eau Claire has been a labyrinth of programs, both public and private, established to assist those who are living in what we view as poverty.

                But in the process of discussion of helping the poor (and they do exist), there has been much misinformation and redefining done in my observation.  What is called poverty and what is true poverty is up for debate. I once heard a preacher say that where he came from, (Alabama was the state) the poor people called his family poor. In my community as a little boy there was the Long family. They had sixteen children and were considered by all to be poor. But I must admit, looking back, the conditions my own family lived in would no doubt meet the standard of poverty or being poor in today's terms.

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