Of course, we wouldn’t be AthPo if we didn’t have our knickers in a twist (as one of our commenters has said) about something, so, while we’re excited about seeing some movement on poverty and we hope that good will come of this, we’d like to point out a few things that make us a little nervous.
- Appointed Excuse-Maker-in-Chief Lewis Holloway is on the executive board. While we’ve said loudly and often that education is key in fighting poverty, we just don’t have a tremendous amount of respect for Holloway as an educator or administrator, and we question whether he’s got the gumption to come up with the bold ideas we need to fight poverty.
- The whole task force idea kind of bums us out. To us, task force sounds like a think tank, and we’d much prefer to see some hard core action, such as raising money and bringing some grant-writing skills to bear on keeping the homeless shelter open. We’d rather see the ACC Team Action Force: Poverty Edition take the stage, but we’ll take what we can get.
- Finally, we’d note that there are no actual poor people on the task force, which seems sort of counterintuitive. Who knows better how to alleviate poverty in ACC? A $75,000 a year professor or a $14,000 a year single mom? The professors have their place too, don’t get us wrong. But we’d like to see some of the folks actually affected by poverty get a seat at the table.
Again, though, don’t get us wrong. This is a huge step, and a very positive step, and we couldn’t be more excited about having someone like Judge Steve Jones (who, if his middle name isn’t Common Sense, well, it should be) in charge of this hootenanny. By the way, anyone involved in this thing who knows how your humble editors (in their role as citizens of ACC) can help out, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously.
Go Task Force!