Welfare isn’t a dirty word

As I prepared this column addressing common objections to “welfare,” I wanted to speak to a public figure with strong negative opinions about our human services support system. Because Republicans have been most vocal in their criticisms, I looked to the party’s new chairman. But, after the new voice of Maine’s Republican Party, Richard Cebra, […]

Poverty changes how I think

There are many reasons I don’t fit neatly into the world of real poverty. But recently I learned why I have sometimes felt like I’m walking around in the “Twilight Zone”: Despite living with too little money, I still assume I should and always will be planning for my future. “Scarcity changes how people allocate […]