“I don’t know what the answer is, but holy cow, do we have a problem.”
– FBI Director James Comey on the statistically reported rise of homicides across the U.S. over the last two years.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: Let’s start with what we do know, Mr. Comey.
From Business Insider via MSN – The middle class is vanishing in America’s cities:
Pew’s research shone light on the issue that has contributed to the rise of anxiety throughout the American public…
Pew observed that the decline in the middle class is associated with an overall increase in inequality in the United States, which could lead to somewhat dire consequences for American society.
From The New York Times via MSN – In Empty Homes of Las Vegas, Squatters See a New Frontier:
On a drive through this desert city, the blight from the housing collapse of eight years ago can be seen on almost every block: Overgrown yards and boarded-up windows identify the foreclosed and abandoned homes that still pockmark southern Nevada.
But not all the dwellings are empty.
From the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services – A Comprehensive Strategy to End Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts:
Like so many states across the country, Massachusetts is facing a growing epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. In March 2014, a Public Health Emergency was declared in the Commonwealth, triggering the formation of a Task Force which brought together affected individuals and families with stakeholders from public health, law enforcement, medical providers, and community agencies, among others.
From Northwestern University – Economic hardship causes suicide-rate increase, experts speculate:
The rate of suicide in the U.S., steadily going up almost every year since 2000, has reached its highest rate in 15 years, an increase that experts say may be a reflection of the nation’s economic hardship.