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No Mean People Allowed

Today when a teacher asks, “Who needs a copy for your mom’s house and a copy for your dads?” almost half of the students raise their hand. Single parents are running households all over our country more than ever before. If you weren’t raised by a single parent it is likely that you know many people who were. The Single Mother Guide I found on the Internet says that 85 percent of those households are run by the mother, and half of those mothers make under $25,000 a year. My mom was a single parent and struggled to make ends meet on a salary that was higher than $25,000.   The scary part about it is there is a chance these families will suffer even more depending on the outcome of the election.

One of the candidates running for office has a budget plan that will negatively affect healthcare that the government provides for low and moderate income people. In addition to cutting healthcare, his plan also makes cut backs on food stamps, $134 billion worth.  So if the majority of single mothers only make up to $25,000 a year and health care gets cut AND food stamps are greatly reduced how will they get by? It’s like my boss always says, “I wish I could put up a sign everywhere that says no mean people allowed.” If only it were so simple.

A fellow student at Lock Haven University believes food stamps should not only be frowned upon, but are also an embarrassment. Attitudes like this are why so many American’s side with the idea of taking away government funded programs, as well as taking away a necessity such as food stamps. I educated that student in thinking of this proposal in a new perspective, but I cannot change the minds of everyone. I am aware that I will never be able to do that, but we can get closer with your help. A Woman’s Place (AWP) is about female empowerment. Many of the women that leave AWP with their children need assistance like this to get back on their feet and start a new life.  Cutting these funds will damage families significantly.

It was all about the men at Lock Haven this week! It was time to further my voting series by getting into the minds of some men. Some of you are probaly thinking…is that possible? The first part was a piece of cake, they all said they were going to vote. When I asked why they were going to vote, things got a little harder. It was mostly a nonverbal response of a shoulder shrug. How insightful! After some prying, a student in my marketing class opened up about his views on abortion. To him it wasn’t religious, and it definitely wasn’t a political debate. He said, “I don’t know, I guess I just don’t get why it’s anybody’s business what a girl should do to her body.” Wow! That might be my best answer  on campus so far. Most others answers this week were the usual, things like, I should vote, and I can vote, so why not. One thing that was really interesting was that two guys said they were voting so the economy would improve. One said he was voting for Mitt Romney because of this, the other Barack Obama. How do you feel about our economy? What would you like to see happen? Post your opinion and don’t forget to help me spread the word on these topics that could help or harm the future for so many families.

Your Vote Counts,

Kelsey McMeans, AWP Intern

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