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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: Homeless USA
By Debra Elliott
01/13/09


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I sit here at my desk typing this article and I am thankful that I live in a country where I have such a right(freedom of speech) but I also wonder what others had to sacrifice for this freedom. Our country is downtrodden with heavy burdens and no solution is in sight. Prices of everyday goods are skyrocketing and more Americans are forced to choose basically between life or death.

Living in the country of the free, do you ever ponder what price was really paid for our freedom and if freedom really is free? I also question if this country is so grand why are there so many homeless people?

I listen to President Elect Obama talk a good talk; but talk is cheap and actions are louder than words. What is the state of the homeless population in our great nation? Statistics cannot tell you the exact numbers. The federal, state and city governments want to sweep the homeless epidemic under the proverbial rug.

It is a tragedy that we have gotten to the point that we as American's can't help one another.

When will it end? When will the government stop pretending that this major problem does not exist?

I want answers from my leader,the homeless of this great nation no longer should be placed on hold or forgotten.

Just remember next time you see a homeless person it could be you and this mockery of a government could sweep you under the rug.


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Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
A heartfelt and passionate essay--thank you!

Since the focus of your essay was the problem of homelessness, your first paragraph didn't really seem to belong.

I, too, sincerely desire that no one would be homeless!