- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)23
- A shot at a Harley: Man's basketball feat at Southeast game wins new motorcycle (2/27/17)
- Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17)13
- Singer Neal Boyd says he faces physical therapy after Jan. 22 traffic accident (2/27/17)
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
City needs to fight poverty
I am writing to make our community aware of the financial impoverishment in this area. According to Census Bureau information, 15.2 percent of Cape Girardeau's population is below the poverty line. This means that for a family of four the household income is less than $19,350 a year. I think it takes an organized and strong person to do the best he or she can to provide for a family with such little financial resources.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition states that it takes a wage of $11.15 an hour to afford a typical two-bedroom apartment in Missouri. This is more than $4 over the minimum wage in Missouri. I feel the community should come together to advocate for a living wage in Missouri. A living wage is the amount of minimum wage needed to attain a specific standard of living, not just the lowest amount an employer can pay by law.
Each individual in Cape Girardeau should get involved in the fight against poverty. Getting involved could change the lives of many individuals and our community as a whole. We all need to work together to empower those in poverty and advocate to our local officials and state legislators. Making a difference can often be extensive and difficult, but as Frederick Douglass said, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
ANNA DAVIS, Cape Girardeau