Karina B Swenson 
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Re: “People living in poverty need more than an increase in minimum wage

An integrated approach to eradicating poverty is a must. When a person has to work overtime just to cover the cost of childcare there's a real problem. This problem is compounded when, as Patience Kabwasa mentions in this column, a raise in given and suddenly a worker in making just slightly above the Assistance eligibility cutoff mark. A person earning a dollar more per hour could result in losing over $1000/month in benefits (income supplemented childcare, food & housing). So a person in poverty makes a higher wage and is flooded with an onslaught of new bills, forcing the person to get a second job (a devastating decision for a single mom) or quit or cut back on job 1's hours, just so the person can go back on welfare. The system is jacked and keeps the hardworking poor oppressed and impoverished while incentivizing a class of non-working poor.

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Posted by Karina B Swenson on 06/14/2017 at 7:59 AM

Re: “John B. Smith, Civil Rights legend, will galvanize local activists

Wow! Thanks for writing this column! I believe Black Power has been misconstrued for the past half of a century, if not longer. People fear that which they do not understand. Nowadays with our community's color palette broadening there may be a dissipation of fear and a rising of Power for all People. We can all hope this new, 21st Century civil rights movement so powerful and all-encompassing it cannot be shut down nor labeled as anti-American because American is representative of so many colors.

I am happy to see Colorado's a springs honoring the work of civil rights leaders such as Smith and encouraging a deeper understanding of diversity in the Springs!

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Posted by Karina B Swenson on 04/05/2017 at 1:19 PM

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