What should we do about the cycle of poverty?

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Working at a church, I regularly visit with people who are stuck in the cycle of poverty. The pattern is always very similar.

They all have a story of tough luck, followed by more tough luck, followed by even more tough luck.

There is often a medical emergency for them or a family member, a job lost unfairly and sometimes hope for a job on the horizon. Sometimes.
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Should flight attendants prohibit passenger communications?

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Karen Momsen-Evers, a Southwest Airlines passenger, received a text message from her husband shortly before her plane was to taxi that read, “Karen, please forgive me for what I am about to do, I am going to kill myself.”

She panicked and told the flight attendants, who refused to let her communicate with her husband to dissuade him by cell phone or through the flight deck telephone.

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Why Amtrak rail cars need safety upgrades

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As the National Transportation Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have learned more about the Amtrak Train 188 derailment, the FRA has already begun to require Amtrak make changes in their safety systems. But there appears to be other common sense improvements Amtrak and FRA should at least consider implementing which can save many lives in a train accident.
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