Causes of poverty

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Ricky Burgess' commentary "Prioritize the Poor" (Nov. 3 Forum) attributes every single one in a long list of problems within Pittsburgh's African-American community to high poverty rates -- including higher rates of drug addiction and single-parent households. I would suggest that these alleged outcomes of poverty are instead among the actual causes of poverty.

Until our community leaders decide to recognize the truth, these problems will remain unsolved no matter how much public money is used.

Squirrel Hill

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