Writing in a rather exclusive high-tone publication, Ms. Jones captures ["Society's Cancers"] memes, and pitches from the Left. Her Christmas column finds naught but coal in America's stocking. 1. "...a time to gather family and friends into our homes and be thankful as we eat, drink and celebrate. But there are cancers growing in our society, and like any aggressive cancer, they are metastasizing as they growwiping out health, hope and happiness along the way. 2. Hunger has always been an issue in America. Emergency food programs and services are not new. Soup kitchens are one of the enduring images from the Great Depression in the 20th Century....Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). School lunch programs are known to provide the best nutrition that many low and moderate income (LMI) children receive at any point during the day. 3. The problems the elderly face in efforts to stave off hunger...a 21% increase in unduplicated annual clients on Long Island...283,700 of our neighbors are receiving food assistance. 4. Yes, the cancer of hunger has existed in America since its founding. 5. The cancer that started with the foreclosure crisis has grown into the aggressive cancer that we see in rising rates of homelessness....Americans struggle to keep shelter...Long Island Cares report that 49% of clients surveyed reported they had to choose between buying food or paying their rent or mortgage. 6. Joblessness is showing itself to be a dangerous cancer...have driven many Long Islanders out of the middle class and into poverty. 63% of Long Islanders served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares had annual incomes that fell below the federal poverty level or less than $17,163 per year for a household of three. 7. The cancers of racism, classism and reduced access to quality educational opportunity are also growing, virtually unchecked, ... 8. The accusations of laziness or welfare mentality leveled at those struggling with many, if not all of societys cancers, are disrespectful and insensitive. 9. As Americans, we still value and encourage independence and personal responsibility. When did caring about our neighbors with compassion and generosity, which lacks judgment and negativity, stop being an American value? 10. One of the key treatments for the cancers that afflict us is the recognition that few members of the middle class can guarantee that any of these fates couldnt befall us." Societys Cancers | Long Island Pulse Magazine - Covering Long Island's lifestyles, arts, fashion, business, nightlife and entertainment Wow. How does one make it through the day?