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  •  It's different in rural areas (0+ / 0-)

    You just walk in the office and since there are never very many people there it gets done quickly. I remember it being as you said in Philly. Endless bureaucracy.

    And yet many rural people just don't seem to know how to do it. They think you are not working and so have the time to sit and wait and come back and come back. The difficult part in rural areas is that you have to drive 30 miles to get there and there is no public transportation.

    When I lived in the county seat I could walk there. But here no one tells you or offers the info that you could get help with payments.

    For example when you get parking tickets that amount to a lot of money you can file for pauper status so you don't have to pay.

    Libraries are open at night. Food banks are not but I would call them, explain why I couldn't come in at their times and ask if someone else could pick up my food for me. You can get another person on your food stamp card to help you. It requires some manuvering but once you are in the system it gets easier. Also if you are on food stamps then it automatically qualifies you for all sorts of other benefits wihrout going through the endless application forms and paper work and waiting.

    But in some areas it is possible to do this and get some relief.  It is also why you get that endless mantra in school to study now so you can have a good job later on in life. But the education system is so irrelevant to their needs that they can't find any meaning in it.

    I chose not to have children as I didn't want to get caught in the trap. Once you have children they have you by the throat.

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