class, Family, Social Problems, Social Safety Net

What Happened When a State Made Food Stamps Harder to Get. In West Virginia, tougher work requirements for receiving food stamps complicated life for poor people, but did not result in increased employment. The most visible impact in the changes in work requirements for the food stamp program in nine West Virginia counties was at homeless missions and food pantries, which saw a substantial spike in demand that has never receded. By Campbell Robertson Jan. 13, 2020 MILTON, W.Va.

— In the early mornings, Chastity and Paul Peyton walk from their small and barely heated apartment to Taco Bell to clean fryers and take orders for as many work hours as they can get. It rarely adds up to a full-time week’s worth, often not even close. With this income and whatever cash Mr. Peyton can scrape up doing odd jobs — which are hard to come by in a small town in winter, for someone without a car — the couple pays rent, utilities and his child support payments. Then there is the matter of food. “We can barely eat,” Ms. Peyton said. She was told she would be getting food stamps again soon — a little over two dollars’ worth a day — but the couple was without them for months. Sometimes they made too much money to qualify; sometimes it was a matter of working too little. There is nothing reliable but the local food pantry.

Drugs, Family, Social Problems

Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise?

The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment with legalized marijuana has infused the drug into almost every corner of life. Workers prepared for marijuana planting on Woody Farms in Pueblo, Colo. The state’s first-in-the-nation experiment with legalizing recreational marijuana put it on the front lines of changing America’s drug laws. By Jack Healy

June 30, 2019 DENVER — Serenity Christensen, 14, is too young to set foot in one of Colorado’s many marijuana shops, but she was able to spot a business opportunity in legal weed. She is a Girl Scout, and this year, she and her mother decided to sell their cookies outside a dispensary. “Good business,” Serenity said. But on the other side of Denver, legalization has turned another high school student, David Perez, against the warehouselike marijuana cultivations now clustered around his neighborhood. He said their skunky aroma often smacks him in the face when he walks out his front door.

These are the ripples of five years of legal marijuana.

Family, Gender, Social Problems

Work-Life Conflict Doesn’t Stop After Maternity Leave

By Jessica Grose

June 17, 2019

Here’s a math problem: You have two working parents and two children, one of whom has a seemingly endless configuration of end-of-the-school-year special activities. On Monday there is a theater performance at 2:15 p.m. On Tuesday there’s a class breakfast at 8:30 a.m. On Wednesday someone has to run to the 24-hour pharmacy for hair spray at 11 p.m. because they forgot that crazy hair day is Thursday and there wasn’t enough “crazy” in their house. On Friday there’s field day and honestly who knows how long that will take.

How do these parents Jenga their schedules to both please their children and keep their jobs?

Family, Social Problems

Victory for Fathers in a Parental Leave Case That Could Be a Harbinger

Derek Rotondo, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over parental leave, with his son Lincoln. The company announced that it had reached a tentative settlement in the case

By Noam Scheiber

May 30, 2019

For years, scholars, activists and mothers have criticized policies that place the burden of child-rearing overwhelmingly on women. Increasingly, fathers are joining the criticism of these policies — and asserting their legal rights to challenge them

Family, Gender, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Social Problems

Opinion: It’s Not That Men Don’t Know What Consent Is. They often understand that what they’re doing is wrong — then they do it anyway. By Peggy Orenstein. Ms. Orenstein is writing a book about young men, masculinity, emotional intimacy and sex. Feb. 23, 2019. Image: From left, three George Mason University students, Elizabeth Gillette, Ashley Stewart and Emma Salas, protested outside the Supreme Court during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings in October.