| Jan 21, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Billionaire and former tech mogul Bill Gates predicts that there will be almost no poor countries left in the world by 2035.
Almost all nations will be either lower-middle income or wealthier, and most will have surpassed the 35 countries that are...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a "war on poverty," the consequence of which was a slew of government programs aimed at improving the lives of struggling Americans. It has become fashionable among political conservatives to...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 2:54 PM
RICHMOND —The legislative panel that's to determine whether Virginia will expand Medicaid didn't decide one way or the other in its last meeting before the General Assembly convenes next month.
But at the end of an occasionally testy meeting on...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 11:03 AM
Lehigh Valley Rep. Charlie Dent circulated a letter among the Pennsylvania congressional delegation that urges the Obama administration to honor Gov. Tom Corbett's request that low-income children remain on the state’s health insurance program...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:00 AM
In a case that could have implications for ministries across the country, a Catonsville-based group of nuns who care for the elderly poor are awaiting a federal judge's decision on whether it must comply with the federal health care law's requirement to...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 3:49 AM
One of the most extraordinary events of 2013 was the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as pope — the first Jesuit, the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first non-European in nearly 1,...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Each year during the period of conspicuous consumption known as Christmas shopping, I try to think of a gift that will not be returned, exchanged or forgotten before next Christmas. One year it was a goat for a poor African farmer through World Vision....
| Dec 25, 2013
Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Wal-Mart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero.
We tend to shrug off...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:50 PM
In 2014, the state must turn its attention to poverty. In both human and economic terms, it's gotten too expensive.
Nearly 50 years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the bold initiative that would become known as the War on...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 4:16 PM
We must do more for all Connecticut students.
Recent national test scores show some bright spots in our state, but the news as it relates to Connecticut children of color and children who live in poverty is unacceptable and should serve as a wake-up...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:46 AM
During the last recession, more than 90 million people — a third of the nation's population — saw their incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $46,000 a year for a family of four. Many of those individuals and...