One bad choice


Work Ethic & Family Help —Alamance County, NC, public official— But our country, if we don’t straighten it up fiscally, there’s going to be more people that need real help, and we ain’t going to be able to pay it.  … Continue reading

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Alamance County. Aid recipient.
Caring for Sick Parents
I was enrolled at GTCC [Guilford Technical College]. I was living in a family home with my parents taking care of them. My father got really bad. He started having seizures, which they thought were strokes. Well, things started going south at that point Continue reading

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Tim Sutton

Alamance County Commissioner Tim Sutton.
My wife and I had two boys and she had a daughter, my step-daughter. My wife did not work ever until I lost a job, the job at the bank. I wanted her home with the kids and we sacrificed a lot of our material gains, but as a family, we were a better family unit. My mother never worked. I never knew my mother to have a job. And years ago, the wives and the mothers were home. Every mother in my neighborhood when I was a kid in Virginia and Alabama was home. Nobody worked.

My wife and I, we qualified for reduced lunches at our kids’ schools, and I was shocked that I did… Continue reading

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“Making the Safety Net More Visible in Philadelphia,” by Jon Hurdel. New York Times, Aug. 30, 2013. Photo by Mark Makela/New York Times. Cola Dockery, 34,  was released from prison in February after serving six months for burglary and armed robbery, … Continue reading

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