December 28, 2009 |
Poverty appears to trump smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health. In a new study, researchers looked at health and life expectancy data from the National Health Interview Surveys and the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and came up with various behavioral and social risk factors that affect quality of life, then used a formula to estimate the quality-adjusted years of life that...
October 19, 2012
Re "Poor go unheard in race," Column, Oct. 17 It took Steve Lopez to notice that for our presidential candidates and other politicians, poor people no longer exist. I remember when a war on poverty was a legitimate cause for people aspiring to be our leaders and for citizens hoping to see America make progress toward our ideals. Now, as Lopez states, a mere mention of social or economic progress for 46 million poor people is equated to socialism by the Republicans and feared by the Democrats.
October 18, 2013 |
There's a phrase that has haunted America for decades, one fraught with failure: "Breaking the cycle of poverty. " Despite the ongoing efforts of government and a host of private foundations, income inequality continues to grow and the poor are ever more likely to remain poor. Many factors favor the rich getting richer while the poor stagnate. The wealthy benefit from economies of scale, as the best prices and lowest interest rates are more readily available to those who least need them.
May 23, 2013
Re "Poverty's new address is in suburbs," May 20 This eye-opening study, which shows that more poor people now live in suburbs than in urban areas, indirectly highlights one of the major failings of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed school funding formula, which favors the urban poor. The impact of the last recession was so deep and broad, no place was unaffected. The number of homeless, hungry and uninsured schoolchildren has grown sharply in Orange County schools, even in districts like Irvine.
December 26, 2012 |
Poverty and disease often come together. That much is well understood. But how much does poverty foster disease? Or, how much can disease perpetuate poverty? And what's the role of nature, given that so many infectious diseases are spread by mosquitoes or spend part of their life cycle outside of the human body? A new study finds that certain types of infectious and parasitic diseases have a significant influence on economic development across the world and accounts for some of the differences in per-capita income between those who live in countries in the tropics or those in temperate latitudes.
May 22, 2012
Re "When all else fails, rob the poor," Opinion, May 17 So the poor are arrested for breaking minor laws. How horrible. Let me tell you how real poverty worked in the past. My grandfather died at age 38, leaving behind a wife and four children. My grandmother never asked for welfare and never borrowed from loan sharks. She had no problem with the law. My mother and her three siblings were taught to value education. They survived it all and became members of the Greatest Generation, those heroes of the Depression and World War II. So, please, no more hand-wringing about today's deprived and destitute.