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America's poorest county

Hits: 10574 | Rating: (2.5) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: jtrebowski
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Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 448 Posts
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 9:33:10 AM

I don't get why you would criticize these people.
There's more churches and flags in these in these photos than there are teeth. You and Crakr would fit right in.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 10:43:52 PM
@elkingo Why don't you eat a salad once in a while, you fat ugly prick?

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 10:39:06 PM
How are they going to wash dishes with no water?

Put 'em on the floor and call the dog.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 243 Posts
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 1:23:50 PM
this is like 20 minutes from me

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2382 Posts
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 10:29:26 AM
drat those people

Male, 30-39, Europe
 1754 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 11:32:48 PM
Stay classy OldOllie.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 349 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 9:20:20 PM
Wash! Also... Look up east St. Louis.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 349 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 9:18:58 PM
I've seen worse. Also... How are they going to was dishes with no water?

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 9:13:31 PM
@OldOllie -- Why don't you go outside and play hide and go F yourself?

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 9:11:13 PM
This isn't poverty we're seeing. It's sloth and slovenliness. These people are living exactly the lives they deserve.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2303 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 6:22:58 PM

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 5:58:10 PM
Not trying to argue with you, or condescend, because I agree with a lot of what you have to say; just trying to paint a picture of what is really here.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 5:56:19 PM
What I am suggesting, is that it isn't that these people are "lazy". The guy with the pots? He lives with his grandchild, and from the looks of the pics probably works for cash mowing lawns and doing odd jobs. He also probably gets welfare and foodstamps and HUD and SSI and Medicare, and Medicaid (for the child), and possibly a disability check on the kiddo.

This man looks depressed and dirty, because there is no hope for him or his child to get out of that situation.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 5:53:37 PM
The people here get HUD (to pay for rent and housing), Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, SSI, and even local churches hand out. It is increasingly difficult to teach people that they can make it on their own. The highest paying job around here is around 20k a year less than what the government "gives" you. However, the money given isn't appreciated. The same families are stuck in poverty and depression.

The one thing the government doesn't give people around here is a means to get out of government assistance. There are no jobs. There is no hope. There is no encouragement. There is simply a life of subsistence living from the government.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 5:49:51 PM
@Nickel2 -- Religion doesn't necessarily mean "charity". I have religion, but there are a lot more people in this area who do have it and do nothing to help. I can quite understand your philosophy of getting by any means necessary -- I was raised in this poverty stricken area, and I did many things to get by. I picked berries, fruit, learned what herbs could be eaten, grew a garden (by hand), worked for my neighbors, and held down a job when I was in 8th grade (as a carpenter, no less). I fed my family, and myself. I know how to get by.

I also know the people here. It isn't because there isn't resources. It is something different. It is a mental state that causes hopelessness and depression. We (my fellow Appalachians and I) live in a region that is heavily socialized. They give a hand out.. sorry, disability to children who are 5 and 6 for having ADHD -- this government aid typically lasts until death with no sort of follow up.

Male, 50-59, Europe
 5843 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 4:30:34 PM
elkingo: I do not assume that you are doing nothing, I merely answered to your disparaging remark about 'eurotrash'. I was born not long after WW2, when there was very little in the way of free social help. People got on, got by and did what they could to improve their situation. They did help the neighbours, as you are obviously trying to do yourself. They did not criticise any area of any country for remarking on the other other nation's lack of ability to deal with domestic hardship. Please let me offer a little constructive help here. The place does not appear to be a desert, so perhaps some of those pans could be used to collect rainwater. It's free, and it falls from the sky; it could be used for washing dishes. Teach the people to help their less fortunate neighbours. Create social self-help centres with group-benefit classes encouraging community spirit.
I do not have religion of any sort, but I do believe in helping those who are willing to help themselves.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2496 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 3:30:44 PM
@Listypoos: No but they also don't have 250 pans to wash. That's not only being a slob in a difficult situation, it's also being kinda dumb.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 3025 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 2:45:55 PM
"@Listypoos, it takes water though, and they ain't have much"

I've served in a few warzones where water was scarce to say the least.... a lack of water didn't make people slobs.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 2:29:11 PM
@Draculya -- Well slap my ass and call me stupid! Sure, we can 'range for you a tour! C'mon down and let me ride you 'round town for a day or two at your leisure! Hell, we can even feed you classic foods such as chicken and dumplins and cornbread! Have to slaughter than dang ole chicken first!

If you time it just right, you can swing on down to a bluegrass festival and get in on the action.


Seriously though, it is a beautiful place to visit. There are lots of places you can tour and enjoy the local flavor.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 2:25:26 PM
@HalfPintRoo -- the 50 t0 100 dollars they put into their prom dresses is worth more to their mental status as humans than it is worth in "soap" and "food".

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 5288 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 2:22:26 PM
@slimofswiv; @Nickel2: Why does everyone assume I am not helping the community? I work as a child interventionist to try and curb some of the hopelessness these people face -- and I do so two counties over from this place. Motivating and facilitating change isn't exactly an easy task. However, I find it disturbing that people would condescend and make fun of these people, when in reality they were taken advantage of by the rest of America. Many of them live in sheer poverty with no running water and very little money for groceries. Did you notice the people who lived in the house with dishes? -- Let me reiterate for you: it was an old man and a child. No doubt he is probably raising his grandchild, or even great grandchild. It isn't so much about "being dirty" that is the problem; it is more about the mental status these [my] people face.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2970 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 1:30:05 PM
Reminds me of this song
Sixteen Tons

Male, 40-49, Canada
 154 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 1:24:23 PM
Nickel2.......Was it also 4 miles to school? Uphill both ways?

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34633 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 12:15:27 PM

I was born a cole miner's daughter....

Loretta Lynn & Dolly Parton both grew up without
running water or eclecticity or plumbin'.

just sayin'

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2350 Posts
Monday, August 06, 2012 11:51:52 AM
this might look poor but compared to many of the developing counties I have traveled through, this is nowhere near as bad. Not even a little bit.

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