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FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011, 11:14 A.M.

Coats as a measure of income disparity

Walking around downtown this morning, I was reminded that a fair number of those who don't have a lot of money also don't have a lot of jackets.

So plenty of apparently low-income people were wearing heavy winter coats, especially the kids. Because it wasn't THAT cold, you have to guess they wore those because that's all they have. They probably don't own nifty little windbreakers and sporty light jackets.

You can't blame anyone for wanting to be warm. But I'm pretty sure that's not it.

How can I tell who's poor and who's not? Well, there are plenty of clues and you know that perfectly well.

Anyway, I'm not putting anyone down here.

But next time I'm tempted to write something about the need to gradually escalate the insulating value of your outer wear as winter approaches, I'll have to remember. Not everyone has that luxury.   

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