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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                                             The Ugly Head of Poverty
There is that false idea that poverty doesn’t exist in a rich country. That’s the main reason a lot of our
Filipino Overseas Workers (OFWs) choose wealthy nations to work in and work for wealthy families,
especially in the Middle East. But once I  arrived in the United States of America, which has also been
considered as a “greener pasture,” that particular view changed, at least in my mind, because I saw in
person people who are homeless, people who are lined up in soup kitchens, people who have almost nothing
but a dirty set of clothes on their backs, and long lines of people who get government assistance for their
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the year
for the State of Wisconsin
National CAPACD’s Small Business, Big Dreams
introduced at policy roundtable
Licensing Fees Reduced for Nearly Half of
All Regulated Business and Health
Reduced fees will impact an estimated 361,000 people
applying for a Wisconsin license

For the first time in a decade, license and credential
fees for 170 occupations regulated by the Wisconsin
Department of Safety and Professional Services will
be reduced or maintained at their current levels. From
accountants, cosmetologists and nurses to barbers,
tattoo artists and social workers, application and
renewal fees are going down or remaining the same
due to a state-mandated fee study conducted every
two years.
basic needs.

I then realized that whether or not you live in wealthy country, there are always very poor people. The good thing poor people in wealthy
nations have that poor people in poor nations do not have in abundance are government and private assistance. Nobody in the Philippines,
for instance, can get “food stamps” or free lodging for a certain number of days. Beggars abound, around many corners of any town, most
especially outside churches, restaurants, and parks. Street children who are sometimes barefoot never experience going to school but get all
kinds of questionable education just roaming the streets. There are also a few people with severe mental issues (sometimes roaming naked!)
that obviously need special medical attention.

Though the Philippine government is doing the best it can to help the poor through its Department of Social Welfare and Development, the
lack of necessary budget to cover assistance to millions is often cited as the reason DSWD cannot assist everybody. There is always
filtering as far as who gets into certain assistance or service programs for indigents or the sick, or the elderly. There is one particular
program whose reason for being, I admire most, but should be revisited. There is that financial aid for families with school-age children,
focused on the education-only aspect of the kids’ growing up years. I am sure this program has helped a lot of kids belonging to families
living under the poverty line, though there are also exceptions. In our barrio, for example, the financial aid is sometimes being used by
parents to buy food and other necessities at home, so the kids end up not going to school at all, and in the end the families of these kids lose
their membership in the program.

In the U.S. where there is free schooling in public schools and kids are bused going to and from school, the choice to stop schooling is left
on the family. Here, everyone has the privilege to go to school for free until high school. Well, college education is a different matter, of
course. It is very expensive to get a college education in the U.S., unless you have lots of scholarships or family savings for college
education! My siblings who were all college educated in the U.S. had to get student loans which they repaid for several years after
graduation. They also had to work while they went to school. Well, nowadays, there are also many working students in the Philippines,
especially in many multinational food corporations.--
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community
Development (National CAPACD) introduced its latest report
Small Business, Big Dreams at a roundtable discussion in
Flushing, NY recently. Flushing is one of the nation’s most
diverse commercial districts with many thriving Asian American
owned businesses. --

MADISON - You've likely seen the horrifying picture of a naked
little girl running after a napalm bombing during the Vietnam War.
That little girl has grown up.

Kim Phúc, now 56, was known to the world as "Napalm Girl."
Now, she's an author and an activist, winning the Dresden Peace
Prize in February 2019. She shared her story June 8 in the Alumni
Lounge of the Pyle Center, a co-sponsor of the event "Celebration
of Peace and Mindfulness". It was a free event that included a
special appearance by Nick Ut, the photographer of the Pulitzer
Prize-winning photo.  --
By Jonathan Gramling, Publisher & Editor
The Capital City Hues Newspaper, Madison
Bold Democracy
Reforms That Build
on H.R. 1
By Michael Sozan, Sam Berger,
William Roberts, Danielle Root,
and Alex Tausanovitch
The health of our democracy is at a critical inflection point.
Americans are demanding far-reaching solutions to return
power to the people—and federal lawmakers are beginning to
act to do so. Americans believe that political corruption in
Washington, D.C., is widespread; that elected officials are
not responsive to their needs; and that their voting rights are
under concerted attack.
Limit, Leverage,
and Compete: A
New Strategy on
By Melanie Hart and Kelly
Introduction and summary
The greatest geopolitical challenge in the 21st century will be
how the United States—and the rest of the world—responds to
the rise of China. China’s gross domestic product (GDP), when
measured in domestic purchasing power (purchasing power
parity), already surpasses that of the United States. It is now, by
some measures, the dominant global economic power and is
mobilizing that wealth to pursue its own vision for the
international system. --
Children’s Health
Care Access Would
Improve Under
Universal Coverage
By Madeline Twomey
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) serve as lifelines for low- and moderate-income
children. Both programs provide expansive, child-focused
benefits that ensure that children enrolled in them have
access to essential health care services.