Tag Archives: Issue 01-13-2012

Unwanted pity, and an unfair hike

James Shearer Spare Change News Just a couple of small items as we finish taking down the tree. Pity is a dirty word As I was selling papers shortly before Christmas, a woman came up to me and said while she couldn’t give me any money, she offered me a holiday bag. Usually I don’t

Meet the New Year, Same as the Old Year?

Tom Benner Spare Change News The year 2011 marked a new turn in the fight against homelessness in Massachusetts. HomeBASE, a new state initiative designed to steer homeless families from shelters and motels into homes of their own, went into effect on Aug. 1. The promising program sought to move the homeless into permanent housing,

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