Natural disasters are terrible things, but there is a different kind of ongoing calamity in poverty and nobody is doing a better job in addressing it in different ways than Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono.
Let's face it, Southern poverty is overwhelming, and usually that gets kind of papered over for the rest of us because of the charm of places like New Orleans. But it's pretty grim, really, and now we're being reminded of that.
It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy and yet unenvied, to be healthy with physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.
We painted like crazy. We tried to bring some pleasantness to their homes. There is a lot of poverty down there. There are a lot of older people, a lot of widows. The fact that we took care of their house was something they couldn't express enough thanks for.
Denying or discouraging access to banking services is part of the cycle of poverty that undermines the foundation of our city. We're concerned that Fifth Third isn't living up to its commitment to the community.