I was planning on writing another light-hearted post this morning, but reading the newspaper at breakfast put an end to that. On the front page was a picture of a young woman, Kimberly Meade, crying in her car. She had lost everything she owned in a fire at a cheap motel. She said, “We moved here two days ago after we were evicted from our home. All my stuff is gone. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
We drive by that motel fairly often when we’re driving across the Hampton Roads Bay Bridge Tunnel on our way to Williamsburg or Richmond. It is in a run-down section of Norfolk, right on the Chesapeake Bay. Even had the motel not been ravaged by fire, it would have been a less than ideal place, to say the least, for a single mother to have to raise a child. Now this young woman and her four-year-old daughter didn’t even have that.
The Red Cross stepped in, as they always do, to help the people displaced by the fire, but, of course, that is just a temporary fix. There are so many Kimberly Meades out there that do not know where they are going to go, what they’re going to eat, how they are going to survive. The children of these people are destined to continue this cycle. I don’t know what the answer is, but political elections should be about finding a solution. Politicians can talk all they want about the rights of the unborn, but if they would put as much effort into helping those who are born, we might see some change.
Much has been said about continuing unemployment benefits for those who have lost jobs, but we don’t talk about those people who aren’t eligible for unemployment because they didn’t have a job in the first place. What about people fresh out of college or technical schools who couldn’t find any employment when they graduated? If they have a strong family support system, they will make it, even though it may be a struggle for themselves and their families. But so many people do not have that support system. I worry about them.
Sometimes I feel like Ron Paul does, though I definitely do not advocate isolationist policies. But why do we spend so much money on people who hate us when we have so many people who are hurting right here in our own country? I know throwing money around doesn’t always fix things because we have to get at the root of the problem, whatever that is, but it still seems like a better use of taxpayers’ money than throwing it to countries who would love nothing more than seeing our destruction.
I have no other reason for writing this than that I saw that picture in the paper this morning, and it made me sad. It made me cry. Kimberly Meade. Remember her name. Remember her face. Poverty has a name. It has a face.