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What are lawmakers doing to alleviate Wilson’s poverty?

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I read in The Church Bell of First Christian Church, Vol. 62, Issue 10 (Oct. 1) that 30 percent of children in Wilson and Wilson County are in poverty. That’s 7 percent higher than the state average, they say. That does not sound good for Wilson County and the children.

With limited food to eat from Friday lunch to Monday breakfast in school, the children are being fed by CHEW, a charitable group that distributes food on Fridays to be taken home for the weekend. The group is to be commended for its generosity.

Apparently Wilson is not sharing in a so-called booming economy. We need candidates who are concerned for families, not just their respective political parties. Lack of jobs and the drug problem are no doubt contributing to poverty.

Wilson’s lawmakers need to make Wilson first in their concerns. It is not too much to expect that in North Carolina, most families should be able to adequately feed their children. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances such as hardship, tragedy and illness. But with 30 percent of the population in poverty, it is a severe challenge for the government to pay its way.

Lenore P. Smith

Wilson

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