Poor reliant on outside influences

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 - 11:34 am

Re "Blaming culture dodges poverty issue" (Page A9, March 25): My problem with columnist Eugene Robinson's claim that the culture of poverty has nothing to do with the circumstance of poverty is that, again, the poor can do nothing to help themselves improve their outlook but must rely on outside influences to do it for them.

This is, in fact, the bedrock of the culture of poverty. Culture is a factor. For instance, in the farming culture, children grow up working for the family and learn early on to be busy. Prosperity versus poverty is related to work. If no one else is providing work, then one must make his own work not just complain that not enough is being done.

-- Rachel Johnson, Sacramento

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