The challenge of pervasive poverty – Opinion –

The last two years have been tough ones for North Carolina: skyrocketing unemployment, foreclosure nightmares, a steep rise in the uninsured, a breakdown in mental health care, a chasm of revenue shortfalls, excruciating budget cuts. Here, also, daunting recessionary fallout has followed challenging economic transformations already under way – as we have shifted from traditional manufacturing and agricultural bases to newer industrial frontiers. Inequalities have become harrowing.

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