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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retailers take notice as record numbers turn to food stamps

A historic high number of Pennsylvanians — many of whom are middle-class families experiencing job loss and reduced work hours — are being forced to rely on government help to put food on the table. Records from the state Department of Public Welfare show there were 1.3 million people in the state who might have […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hard times: The food-stamp rise shows the recession’s pain

If anyone is still complacent about the recession, here’s a wake-up call on how serious it has become. Food-stamp use is at record levels and growing, with the federal program now helping to feed one in eight Americans and one in four children. So reported The New York Times in a shocking story Sunday that […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A mayor for them

Under Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh has gained much media attention as “America’s most livable city.” He also claims to have made great strides in Pittsburgh’s economic growth. If we listened only to him, Pittsburgh might seem to be a paradise. But this is not the case. Regardless of these so-called strides, we have thousands of […]

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