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Poverty and Hunger


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 25, 2002

Are you hungry? Why wait? Grab a Snickers! I am sure many people have heard that slogan. The sad truth is that people are hungry but do not have the money to buy food. Poverty and hunger are best friends: where one goes, the other follows. Yet, the problems can be solved.

First, lets discuss poverty. Startling facts have been presented, such as the 200 richest people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 2 billion people; half of the population on earth, approximately 3 billion people, live on less than $2 a day. (www.worldcampaign.net). Poverty does not strike just the third world countries; it lives in our country as well. In the United States, approximately 36 million people and one out of every five children live in poverty. Is this not enough evidence alone to start some action? Those individuals that are not living in poverty may think poverty is associated to the unwillingness to work. But, it is really a question of opportunity given to people living in hardship. Poverty affects many areas, next I will discuss one of the many issues associated, hunger.

Every day, 20,000 children age five or under die from hunger or hunger-related causes. This means that every year hunger takes the lives of 7 million children. Hunger is a problem that can be fixed. Located within the world is enough land to produce food for the world. Also, the financial funds needed are relatively attainable; the only missing ingredient is the desire and determination to end hunger. At the moment, lack of food for children is affecting their development, physically and mentally. Malnutrition is responsible for micronutrient deficiencies especially in iron, iodine, and vitamin A. Mild anemia in children can lead to impaired intellectual and physical development. Iodine deficient children are more susceptible to brain damage and mental retardation. The lack of vitamin A may lead to night blindness and eventually blinding exophthalmia and the destruction of the cornea. In order to have an efficient world, the future generations must be able to carry on normal activities. Hunger impairs human potential; thus through a trickle down effect, it cripples us all.

Poverty and hunger can be cured. So, what can people do about the current epidemic? There are a lot of things; for instance, someone could choose to volunteer by serving meals at a soup kitchen or make a donation to a non-profit organization. If one chooses to be .....
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Clancys Clambake

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 11, 2002

It should have been the hi-light of the social season, it should have been a night to remember, instead it was the blight of the season and a night no one wanted to remember. The winter had been long, cold, dry and drear ..... 
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Before there were computers

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 25, 2001

I've been feeling nostalgic about computersor, I should say, the time before computers. Most of my students at RCTC cannot remember a time before personal computers. Their eyes glaze over at such phrases as, "before th ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2002

"I think of Fillmore County as my true home," says John Hockema, one of Minnesota's most skilled birdwatchers. John and I are visiting over lunch at the Harmony House. We have just come from a planning meeting for the th ..... 
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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three sp ..... 
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2002 Perennial Plant

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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of the Year
Virginia CooperMonday, March 4, 2002

The Perennial Plant Association has named Phlox 'David' to be the plant of the year. Each year this esteemed group chooses a plant whose character and grace deserve a place of honor.

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The Skunk Works

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 25, 2002

I noticed the scent of a skunk when I went into our barn a few weeks ago. I had hoped that the skunk was just a passer-by who had become mildly offended or that maybe I had driven over a road kill and gotten some of that ..... 
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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2002
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Monday, March 18, 2001

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our world has sure gotten smaller.

When I was a kid, it never seemed ..... 
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