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Poor pay the price

For anyone needing yet another reason to defeat George W. Bush in November, I submit the following:

• The number of Americans living in poverty increased by 1.3 million last year.

• The ranks of the uninsured increased by 1.4 million.

• It was the third straight year of annual increases in both categories.

• 35.8 million Americans lived below the poverty line in 2003, up from 34.5 million. The rise was more dramatic for children. There were 12.9 million living in poverty, or 17.6 percent of the under-18 population, an increase of 800,000 over 2002.

• Nearly 45 million people now lack health insurance.

This is not partisan political “spin.” These are statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. When you favor the wealthy, the poor pay the price.

Stuart Hoffmann

Grass Valley

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