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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:57 PM
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John Edwards to visit 10 colleges for poverty group
Edwards to visit 10 colleges for poverty group

Friday, September 30, 2005


(09-30) 16:41 PDT Raleigh, N.C. (AP) --


Former Sen. John Edwards will visit 10 universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, in October in an effort to encourage young people to do more to eliminate poverty.


"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we have a historic opportunity. The country is hungry for change and we do not have to live in an America that accepts poverty as a fact of life or chooses to ignore it," Edwards said in a statement announcing the start of Project Opportunity, an initiative of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Promise and Opportunity.


The program will encourage young people to get involved in their communities and to promote programs that expand opportunities for the poor.

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/0...
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NorCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:02 PM
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1. Why doesn't John Edwards...
and Kerry (and his wife), and Ted Kennedy, and the Clintons,etc. donate half of their collective net worth to all the poor people in the country.

All the poor people in this country would have a house, a job, food, and a chance at making something of their lives.

Edwards, Kerry, et al....

They would all still be millionaires.


Then when they come and preach about ending poverty I might really believe they mean it.
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don954 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:16 PM
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2. they could donate everything they own, and the news storys would be
"dems try to BUY the presidency.." "dems try to bribe their way into power"... etc.
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NorCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:52 PM
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4. Yes
the news would say that.

But the people would know better!
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:19 PM
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3. I thought John Edwards grew up poor
No matter how much money he has now, nothing could take away that experience growing up....

besides, how do we know how much people have donated or not? Do people have to make it public when they give out of the goodness of their hearts? I'd question their motives for giving in the first place, if they felt they had to broadcast their good deeds all the time. Not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing....
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:42 AM
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5. Also, Edwards is offering free college tuition to students too.
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 12:42 AM by Lex

Former Sen. Edwards offers free tuition to some students

By NATALIE GOTT, Associated Press Writer

SNOW HILL, N.C. -- Reviving an issue from his failed campaign for president, former senator John Edwards formally unveiled a pilot project Wednesday that promises to pay the college bill of students from a rural North Carolina county.

It's a program, funded with donations from individuals, companies and charitable foundations, that Edwards would like to see expanded nationwide, something he first proposed while seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

"We want you to have the same kind of chance that I, myself, had," Edwards told a group of students from Greene County, who crowded into the Greene Central High School gymnasium with parents and school and local officials to hear Edwards' pitch.

The "College for Everyone" program will allow the roughly 140 high school seniors in Greene County, a poor area about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh, to attend college for free next year if they take college prep courses and meet other criteria.

It's a much smaller version of a national-sized and publicly funded plan Edwards proposed while running for president in 2004. But Edwards, who now runs a poverty center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, wouldn't discuss his political future Wednesday.


http://newsobserver.com/news/ncwire_news/story/2805704p...

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