Brunswick Poverty Summit

Talk Back: Post a comment on this article By Angela Williams First Coast News BRUNSWICK, GA -- Poverty levels reaching high numbers have people like Vinnia Mae Copeland wanting a better life for her one year ... Full Story

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#1 Feb 4, 2008
you cannot force people to better themselves if they have no desire to do it. if they are happy being drains on society and having nothing in life thats what they will be.

Since: Dec 07

Jax

#2 Feb 4, 2008
I fought poverty by being willing to do ANY job that was available. It seemed to work, WITHOUT government help.
Perhaps fighting poverty would be helped if vagrancy laws were once again instituted.
Another way to fight poverty is to TEACH YOUR children not to have children THEY can't afford, Vinnia Mae Copeland.
speechless

Jacksonville, FL

#4 Feb 4, 2008
did you happen to see the story on t.v.??? on a story about poverty, as part of the story - there was a baby with a gold chain and a gold bracelet... is it really a struggle with 'poverty' or a struggle with 'priorities'???
SUZY

Hortense, GA

#5 Feb 4, 2008
I grew up in Brunswick and i have family that still lives there. Brunswick is not poverty stricken , the photo's they showed on t.v. is one section of town where the houses look like that. it is off MLK. BOULEVARD. There are a few other sections with these older homes on the south end of town. but for the most part Brunswick is not as bad as they made it look on t.v.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#6 Feb 4, 2008
speechless wrote:
did you happen to see the story on t.v.??? on a story about poverty, as part of the story - there was a baby with a gold chain and a gold bracelet... is it really a struggle with 'poverty' or a struggle with 'priorities'???
but da baby gotta be lookin good for when he go see his deddy. thats if da baby know who his deddy be...and he lookd good on da news doe!

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#7 Feb 4, 2008
MorkFromOrk wrote:
I fought poverty by being willing to do ANY job that was available. It seemed to work, WITHOUT government help.
Perhaps fighting poverty would be helped if vagrancy laws were once again instituted.
Another way to fight poverty is to TEACH YOUR children not to have children THEY can't afford, Vinnia Mae Copeland.
your comment ties perfectly into mine...

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#8 Feb 4, 2008
wait..i just realized they didnt mention ms copelands son or daughter that had this grandchild who is living in poverty....
BwkGal

Brunswick, GA

#9 Feb 4, 2008
If Mrs. Copeland is worried about her granddaughter, then ask what the child's parents are doing to give the child a better life - are BOTH parents involved? Do BOTH parents work? Or are they simply living off the system?

The true faces of poverty are NOT being addressed. What is REALLY being addressed is a majority of the black community. The so called "poor" victims living in the projects sucking off the welfare rolls. Many of them 4th and 5th generation.

Nothing will ever change until we force these deadbeats to get off their behinds and go to work. Until we stop paying for more babies being born to the females who have no idea "who da baby daddy be". Until the system is changed and quits supporting their lazy lifestyles, quits paying for their food, their medical, their housing, their utilities, and anything else these "poor victims" can qualify for.

If you want to see the true face of poverty, look for the seniors who have to choose between paying their rent or buying their medications. Look for the working families that have no medical coverage and are living in substandard housing because that is all they can afford. Look for the families that have to choose between food or heat. Look for the veterans that are on the streets because there is no other place to go. Look for the TRUE face of poverty - the working people who are trying but can't quite make it.

STOP looking for the "face of poverty" in a sea of lazy bums, drug users, baby factories, and other drains on society. Giving them more will only add to the problem. Why would they ever try to better themselves when they know the system and know that if they just sit and wait, the do-gooders will provide even more for them?
SUZY

Hortense, GA

#10 Feb 4, 2008
they were probably out cashing their earned income tax refund. must be nice the amount of money they get for having kids.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#11 Feb 4, 2008
BwkGal wrote:
If Mrs. Copeland is worried about her granddaughter, then ask what the child's parents are doing to give the child a better life - are BOTH parents involved? Do BOTH parents work? Or are they simply living off the system?
The true faces of poverty are NOT being addressed. What is REALLY being addressed is a majority of the black community. The so called "poor" victims living in the projects sucking off the welfare rolls. Many of them 4th and 5th generation.
Nothing will ever change until we force these deadbeats to get off their behinds and go to work. Until we stop paying for more babies being born to the females who have no idea "who da baby daddy be". Until the system is changed and quits supporting their lazy lifestyles, quits paying for their food, their medical, their housing, their utilities, and anything else these "poor victims" can qualify for.
If you want to see the true face of poverty, look for the seniors who have to choose between paying their rent or buying their medications. Look for the working families that have no medical coverage and are living in substandard housing because that is all they can afford. Look for the families that have to choose between food or heat. Look for the veterans that are on the streets because there is no other place to go. Look for the TRUE face of poverty - the working people who are trying but can't quite make it.
STOP looking for the "face of poverty" in a sea of lazy bums, drug users, baby factories, and other drains on society. Giving them more will only add to the problem. Why would they ever try to better themselves when they know the system and know that if they just sit and wait, the do-gooders will provide even more for them?
i completely agree with you...except for 1 part...the percentage of blacks and whites on welfare are abuot even which means since there are more white people in the united states then numerically there are more white people on welfare. now take out the race equation and you still spoke the truth. when people teach their kids it is ok to live off of the government teet and not want to better themselves then the poverty levels will drop in those sections of the population that could get themselves out of poverty.
BwkGal

Brunswick, GA

#12 Feb 4, 2008
I was speaking in the terms of the poverty summit here in Brunswick, not nationwide statistics. I am not a racist person. I simply have no use for any person who is a useless bum, regardless of race.

It seems that in this community, the only time anything is done to "help" the "poor victims of poverty", the only "poor" ever mentioned are the blacks living in the projects - ones already living off the system. I want someone to realize that these drains on the system are not the true faces of poverty, they are part of the problem.

I have a problem with my taxes going to support them when I see so many other hardworking families doing the best they can and still having to make hard choices just to survive.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#13 Feb 4, 2008
BwkGal wrote:
I was speaking in the terms of the poverty summit here in Brunswick, not nationwide statistics. I am not a racist person. I simply have no use for any person who is a useless bum, regardless of race.
It seems that in this community, the only time anything is done to "help" the "poor victims of poverty", the only "poor" ever mentioned are the blacks living in the projects - ones already living off the system. I want someone to realize that these drains on the system are not the true faces of poverty, they are part of the problem.
I have a problem with my taxes going to support them when I see so many other hardworking families doing the best they can and still having to make hard choices just to survive.
i stand corrected.
Wise1

Brunswick, GA

#16 Jul 3, 2008
When will the government wake the H up and decide to force these people who live on welfare to get off their butts and work? Give them a time limit to get a job or be off aid entirely. Once they find work , if they need help filling in the blanks then they can get some help.

I am in no way living well, I am on the brink of poverty, hours at work have been cut in half and I am seeking another job to supplement. One think I refuse to do is get caught up in the welfare ring.

Until the cycle is broken the problem will only increase and at alarming rates given current economic outlooks.

A strong message has to be put forth to these people that the government will not continue to allow them to sit all day long at home and continue to have more and more children on welfare's bill.

Oh no I guess they will have to find a different time to deal the crack that gets them under the table money now.

“Just Add Obama ”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville Florida

#17 Jul 3, 2008
Poverty, probably includes the following, cell phones, at least one T.V. over 32”, Cable or Satellite, at least on video game system with cop killing games, Stereo’s, Jewelry and pit bulls. I could go on put I think I have made the point, these people are not living in poverty, their just trash, plan and simple trash.

As for Mr. Adkins quote “?Poverty has no color, it has no race, and it has no gender. It?s all about people coming together because everybody is suffering from the same problems,? says Adkins.”

Screw the group mentality crap, do what ever it takes to get a job, cut out the beer, cigarettes and drugs so you can keep the job and afford to move away from the other trash. Theirs your freaking program to eliminate poverty. Wait, it has a flaw, I didn’t ask government for more handouts, programs and job training, to be directed through people like Mr. Adkins and the First Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church
jjj

Norridgewock, ME

#18 Jul 5, 2008
bwick has more rich then poor parts
latrina

Plainview, AR

#21 Jun 16, 2011
I hope this is the same vinnia mae copeland who daughter, tameka hit me on may 16th 2011, you both need to take responsibility for your actions, tameka for rearending my vehicle and vinnia mae copeland for trying to get out of paying by either switching her insurance or dropping it since the policy is in vinnia's name, just shady people.

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