Monday, 05 March 2012 13:57
News & Observer
By BARRY SAUNDERS
Wanna bet George Cleveland wishes he had kept his mouth shut?
Not because the Onslow County state representative doesn't really believe what he said last week - that "extreme poverty" in North Carolina is a creation of government statistics, not reality - but because in the war between those who believe there is poverty and those like Cleveland who don't, he is guilty of abetting the other side's cause.
When I met last month with Sharon Goodson and Tiffney Marley, executive director and training coordinator, respectively, of the bipartisan N.C. Community Action Association, they were fretting over how to publicize that organization's "Face-to-Face with Poverty" initiative, over how to call attention to what they see as still a shameful problem in the state.
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