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BANKING : SOME TAKE IT FOR GRANTED

Poverty ties in with all kinds of social ills - low grades in

 

  • chool, poor nutrition, violence, even asthma and shorter life expectancy.
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    But poverty is about more than money. Poor people can't get at the

     

    opportunities and services middle-class Americans take for granted.

     

     

     

     

    So the poor often sink into a cycle of day-to-day survival, which

     

    ensures that their children will be poor too.

     

     

    In West Virginia, 360,000 people live below the poverty line, which

     

    means they make less than $14,150 a year for a family of three. That means

     

    one of every five West Virginians is poor, including a lot of people's

     

  • eighbors, baby sitters, yard workers, waiters, janitors and parking lot
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    attendants. This year's Kids Count Databook compiled a list of

     

    opportunities and services from which poor families are often excluded.

     

    Inspired by the Kids Count report, five Gazette writers picked one topic

     

    each - banking, transportation, computers, education and recreation - to

     

    explore in coming weeks in the Gazette's Community section.

     

     

    This week, staff writer Susan Williams explores the trials of working

     

    people in search of a simple checking account.

     

     


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