With Congress in recess for the month President Obama is preparing to continue pressuring Republicans to work with him on job creation. Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation say that while his speeches rev up his base he still isn’t trying to work with the G-O-P.
As the saying goes, it takes money to make money. But where does that leave the four billion people around the world who live below the poverty line?
A Virginia Tech Professor is tackling that problem from a new perspective.
Most people have heard the term ‘micro finance.’ Cooperatives lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The concept began in developing nations to help women start their own businesses. Experts say poor people who receive these loans repay them at the astounding rate 99.7%.
A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables. The small corner stores carry canned and dried food that keeps well on the shelf but is less nutritious than fresh produce, often high in fat and sugar.
For a city of its size, Richmond, Virginia is the worst food desert in the nation, but an effort is underway to fix that problem.
A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908. “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources. He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.
The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.