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A Dose of Reality

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Most Utahns have rarely had it so good. The economy is booming. Jobs are plentiful! Population growth is soaring! Tax revenues flood into state coffers! The good times keep getting better!

Yet, in the midst of this wonderful prosperity comes a dose of reality in the form of a triennial study of 17 key social concerns, undertaken for the United Way of Salt Lake. In short, according to researchers, the situation for citizens on the lower end of the economic scale in Salt Lake, Davis, Tooele and Summit counties is significantly worse than it was three years ago.

Insufficient income, lack of affordable health care, and lack of affordable housing top the list of worsening trends in the four counties studied. Indeed, according to the study, none of the 17 priority social issues identified in 2004 appears to be significantly improving.

The United Way study is intended to be used as a barometer for identifying and prioritizing community needs, and developing strategies for improving the circumstances of those in need.

In these prosperous times, KSL appreciates this important reminder of the ongoing struggle many citizens face. It is important for the community to work together to achieve long-term solutions to these perplexing concerns.

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