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Sad state of affairs
June 27, 2013 - Karin Elton
Monday morning I made the mistake of asking the newsroom intern, Samantha Downing, how was her trip to West Virginia.
It was an error because I haven’t been able to get what she said out of my head since. (Read her blog post titled “A Life Changing Experience.”) She spent a week working with underprivileged children in the Appalachian mountains. I feel so sorry for them — no money, no food, no structure to their lives. She said there are so many people in a house that some go live under a bridge. I feel particularly sad about the 4-year-old girl with cigarette burns on her legs. Who would do that to anyone let alone a precious baby? Her cousins/siblings gave the family cover story that the girl fell. Later in the week they told Samantha that adults in the family tell them to tell strangers they are cousins, even though they share the same dad.
It’s so sad that in America there are Rockefeller-like millionaires with piles of money to spend on so many frivolous things while there are children who get one meal a day if they are lucky.
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