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How Poverty Grows

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // December 19,2012 -

Sometimes, poverty is hidden inside the kitchen. A husband and wife argue over which bills they can pay. The children are asleep after another dinner of mac & cheese.

Sometimes, poverty is on display as skinny children in India or Mexico beg for rupees or dineros. In Utah, poverty is on exhibit up and down major streets. Payday loans, pawn shops and title-loan companies are more plentiful than fast-food restaurants.

How can Utah legislators drive to the Capitol past these totems of poverty and desperation and not attempt to alleviate poverty in their state? How much does the state’s dominant religion contribute to poverty with its encouragement of large families and its requirement of 10 percent tithing? The church tries to enforce all of this with threat of hell or reward of the celestial heaven.

What is the responsibility of the local chambers of commerce or the state’s recruitment of businesses if they use Utah’s low wages to entice businesses to relocate here? How much are elected officials influenced by the lobbyists of pawn shops, payday loan and title-loan companies? These predatory businesses require lax restrictions, high interest rates and desperate citizens.

Utah powers congratulate themselves for not having a state lottery and having severe restrictions against liquor and pornography. In my opinion, “sinful” states are more moral than a state that has so many businesses that prey on the disadvantaged.

A state GOP powerful enough to launch an expensive fight to wrest federal lands from the U.S. government and a church powerful enough to send unpaid teenage salespeople all over the world can surely help eliminate the need for these predatory businesses that only survive because of desperate citizens.

TED OTTINGER
Taylorsville

 
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Posted // December 22,2012 at 13:39

Excellent letter!  Unusually perceptive about the power structure that runs this state.

 

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Posted // December 20,2012 at 14:58

"In Utah, poverty is on exhibit up and down major streets. Payday loans, pawn shops and title-loan companies are more plentiful than fast-food restaurants. . . . How can Utah legislators drive to the Capitol past these totems of poverty and desperation and not attempt to alleviate poverty in their state?

On that issue it is because a handful of the Drones at The Hive' own some of these loan shark operations. The last thing thay want to do is put a stop to their usery incomes from these predatory pricks because well no one really gives a damn about the poor. Except for photo ops this time of year.

An ideal soluting would to restart the Post Office Banks that were outlawed in 1966 at the request of the banking big wigs of the day. this would allow poorer people to have small accounts for paying bills and small savings. The infrastructure is already in place. Lets get this movement started.

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