Gene Nichol, in his Feb. 19 statement “ The significant costs of politicians’ thin skins,” protested the elimination of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
The poverty center was created in 2005. At that time, according to Nichol, North Carolina had the 26th highest rate of poverty among the states. “Now we are ninth, speeding past the competition” Nichol said.
Obviously, the poverty level has risen alarmingly in the 10 years since the center was created. Nichol believes that the center has been eliminated because of his political viewpoints. Based on his own statement, however, the center is a failure. Studying poverty, and educating North Carolinians about poverty, has not helped those in need.