“The Poor You Will Always Have With You” – Another Reflection on Poverty

by Mark Zirnheld, CEO and Director of the Society of Saint Vincent dePaul … I have seen that offering material assistance, while temporarily beneficial, is only addressing the obvious. Increased funding and creating new programs has not eliminated poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations. The real poverty I have observed is a poverty…

Betty Jean Grant and Mark Schroeder – Debate Highlights and Interviews

After the first debate in the 2017 Buffalo Democratic mayoral primary race, we caught up with candidates (and Counterpoint contributors) Betty Jean Grant and Mark J.F. Schroeder, who talked with us about the issues that matter to them the most. They had some themes in common: poverty, housing, policing practices, jobs and job training, and…

Poverty in Buffalo: A Problem that Needs a Plan – Mark J.F. Schroeder

Progress in a city is not solely determined by downtown luxuries, things that many residents cannot even afford. Progress in a city is achieved when every resident can reach their full potential, when families feel safe in their neighborhoods and secure in their homes, when kids can receive a quality education and grow into adults…