Poverty, here, in the U.S.? Yes

The United States is the richest country on Earth. We Americans pride ourselves on our nation’s greatness, and with good reason.

But not every American prospers. Many of us are poor. Many of us struggle daily to feed ourselves and our families. KACV-TV is taking a hard look this week at those struggles by broadcasting three hours of special programming focusing on poverty in the greatest nation in the world.

The three hours begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with a “Face to Face Special Edition” interview with poverty expert Donna Beegle, who’ll visit with Ellen Robertson Green, talking about her own life story and what she’s doing to educate the nation on the struggles associated with poverty.

Dr. Beegle has first-hand knowledge about those difficulties. She was born into a poor, migrant family and had two children by the time she was 22. She went on to get her education, earning her doctoral degree and now she teaches and lectures while living in Portland, Ore.

Poverty in the Panhandle takes the stage in the next segment, which begins at 8 p.m. “A Conversation with Don Baylor” highlights the plight of Panhandle residents looking to find their way out of poverty’s vise grip. Baylor is a senior analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a Texas-based think tank.

And at 8:30 p.m., KACV will air a broadcast produced by KRLU-TV, a public station out of Austin, about the struggles of five families toiling in poverty. They include veterans, a couple who welcomed a severely handicapped child into the world, and a never-married single mother of five children. The special explores the difficult choices these families must make and it chronicles their journeys while fighting to meet their basic needs.

It’s not all sunshine and happiness in this great nation of ours. The three-hour poverty package of progamming tells several grim stories and offers glimmers of hope that so often provides the only hope remaining for those in need.

Is it a pretty story? No. But it needs to be told.



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