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Ending child poverty would transform the nation

Ending child poverty would transform the nation

Oct. 17 | By Marian Wright Edelman Contributing Writer Just-released U.S. Census Bureau data reveal 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group, and children of color...

Energy programs especially critical to MN’s low-income population

Energy programs especially critical to MN’s low-income population

Oct. 16 | Several months ago I wrote a column on these pages that referenced a local man whose fortunes had taken a dramatic turn for the worse. A tumultuous economy forced him to close the family businesses that had dutifully served St. Paul neighborhoods...

Credit reports are crucial to your financial well-being 

Credit reports are crucial to your financial well-being 

Oct. 15 |   Information in your credit report may determine whether you will get a loan or other form of credit, get insurance, get a job, be able to rent an apartment, and can affect the amount of security deposits you pay. Clearly it is important to...

How to negotiate in the workplace

How to negotiate in the workplace

Oct. 4 | Once you have been offered a job, its time to think about what you need and how to get it. Oftentimes, job candidates believe that they have to take the offer that is set before them or else risk losing the opportunity. I recently worked with a candidate...

Five reasons to launch a business before the holidays

Five reasons to launch a business before the holidays

Oct. 3 | Fall is here and the holiday season is around the corner. People are looking for a bargain on products and services. What a great time to start a business. Here are five reasons why starting a business before the holidays can be beneficial to an entrepreneur. Reduction...

The tolerance of poverty

The tolerance of poverty

Oct. 2 | Am I not the keeper of my brother and sister?   In his final speech to the court, legendary abolitionist John Brown proclaimed, “I believe that to have interfered as I have done as I have always freely admitted I have done in behalf of His (God’s)...

Voting rates for poor and people of color are low

Voting rates for poor and people of color are low

Sep. 22 | We must turn disenfranchisement into participation   Among our many programs and services, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties directs initiatives designed to promote voter education and political participation, increase...

Over one-quarter of Black households struggle with hunger, gov’t report says

Over one-quarter of Black households struggle with hunger, gov’t report says

Sep. 19 | The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food-insecure in 2013. Households headed by Black non-Hispanics were higher than the national average with a food insecurity rate of 26.1 percent. The figures...

Overcoming barriers to employment: the four types of jobs

Overcoming barriers to employment: the four types of jobs

Sep. 17 | Second of a three-part column   Traditional career paths are made up of four types of jobs. Each plays a different role in moving you from where you are today to your ideal job. Let’s review how these types of jobs differ and things to consider...

Overcoming barriers to employment

Overcoming barriers to employment

Sep. 6 | Over the last several decades, the number of Minnesotans throughout the state with some type of a criminal record has increased to an estimated one million, or one in five. Some estimates put it even higher. Minnesota has the eighth highest percentage...