U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Iowa
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-08-2013, 06:51 PM
 
5,767 posts, read 10,025,848 times
Reputation: 3809

Advertisements

Well, 2/3rds of it - of the three families profiled, one is near Stockton/I-80, one is in Davenport, and one is in San Francisco. It's interesting to see how America and Iowa in particular is being represented overseas:


This World - America's Poor Kids (BBC documentary)

And a related news article from the BBC:

The children going hungry in America
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-08-2013, 09:58 PM
 
9,454 posts, read 15,010,253 times
Reputation: 15406
How terrible---and how close to home it hits many of us!

What bugs me---what's with the "foreign" guy working the desk at the hotel? he's obviously not from here. Who hired him? Start by firing his behind, and hire one of the Americans begging for shelter. By letting anything and everything in here, we've slighted our own. My dh job went to India, and he's here--- What's wrong with this picture?

So where's CPS in all this? We've been hounded by CPS for years, even though we provide a stable home, above-average income, decent, hard-working citizens. somehow we got on their $$$$-list, and get "investigated" for any little thing! Guess we don't provide a decent environment, so, they think they could do better?

The pets is what killed me! I volunteered at a pet shelter, the primary reason people surrendered their pets was financial. We adopted a beautiful cat an elderly lady had to give up.....

My kids also volunteered in food banks via their Sunday School---it was an eye-opener. The stuff my kids throw away hungry people were lined up for.

Its only going to get worse!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-08-2013, 11:25 PM
 
26 posts, read 37,591 times
Reputation: 28
The foreigner behind the desk is probably the owner of the hotel...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2013, 02:35 AM
 
1,020 posts, read 2,680,262 times
Reputation: 578
Quote:
Originally Posted by BayArea32 View Post
The foreigner behind the desk is probably the owner of the hotel...
or the owners son.. which probably pays taxes, and hires some other workers so the other workers can have a job.


if the average american went back a few generations, we are all foreigners.

Last edited by civic94; 03-09-2013 at 03:54 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-11-2013, 08:42 AM
 
3,493 posts, read 4,701,296 times
Reputation: 5358
What surprises me is the number of very poor people who stay in Iowa. With pretty much nothing left to lose, they might as well move somewhere with a nicer climate. I wasn't surprised to find neither of them were in Des Moines, which has more opportunities and a more reasonable cost of living than most of Iowa. I was surprised that neither were in Iowa City. Thank goodness for the food banks. I'd encourage anyone to go spend some time in one. There is always work to be done, and your time will benefit you and the people you are assisting.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-11-2013, 09:42 PM
 
1,922 posts, read 1,439,028 times
Reputation: 794
Quote:
Originally Posted by BayArea32 View Post
The foreigner behind the desk is probably the owner of the hotel...
The foreigner behind the desk... at first I thought it was an Obama reference.

The UK has plenty of problems of its own it could be discussing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Iowa
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top