diaper bank

Diaper Banks: How Congressional disdain for poor people makes them necessary

I’m sad to report that it’s Diaper Need Awareness Week here in St. Louis, and across the country–a program promoted by the National Diaper Bank Network. It’s sad, of course, because it’s necessary. And it’s necessary because low-income people can’t afford to buy enough diapers for their infants and toddlers. And they can’t afford diapers,…

Hunger and charity

Addressing hunger: Republicans say charity; Dems say government

If charity was the answer to our problems, then there would be no homelessness in America, no poverty in general. We would have a much better health care system and school systems that truly met the needs of children and society’s common good. But this is not the way that it is, much to the…

Ferguson grand jury: Same old inequality, different venue

The decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown is wrong in multiple ways, not the least of which is the unorthodox way that County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch presented his “case.” There’s a lot to question: Police procedures immediately following the shooting; the hard-to-believe story told by Wilson; the fact…