james MaherPresident of Niagara pens editorial on poverty – Fr. John Maher writes on the role of universities in the struggle against poverty

“Solutions? One is surely the expansion of public/private sector initiatives to assist the working poor, combined with increases in wages, particularly at the lower end of the scale, as well as employment opportunities. And higher education can play a role in this.

“With the talents of faculty, students, administrators, staff and alumni, universities can act as a bridge to people living in poverty. They would utilize the gifts of teaching, research, service and resource development to open campuses to families and establish a vital presence in communities.

“The bottom line is that organizations with a stake in cities and towns ought to commit to innovation and action for the sake of their communities’ economic livelihood. Investing in our communities is vital to our economies, and government cannot do it alone.”