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Issues, Articles, Problems, and Solutions...

Petrified explores issues that touch upon one family’s response to the U.S. Great Recession of 2008, coupled with the current socio-economic fallout that lingers today. The purpose of this page is to provide more information about some of these issues, and likewise, whenever possible, potential solutions.

The scope of the the articles is an evolving list. We are open to hearing about other links that contribute to this page’s theme. If you come across something along these lines, please feel free to email us at info@petrifiedmusical.com with that article’s link. Thanks!

poverty news

The Problem…

“Over 50, long-term unemployed”

This is an article from PBS that focuses on some of the employment issues in Petrified. This article is about a long-term unemployed software engineer who is over 50, sold his home, blew through his retirement, and ended up being a retail clerk making minimum wage.


“Too Poor to Retire, Too Young to Die”

This article as quoted by Josh Walker on San Francisco’s KQED Next Avenue begins: “In 2008, during the Great Recession, (Dolores) Westfall lost her home and her footing in the American middle class…

Disillusionment amongst the Baby Boomer Generation

This article from PBS touches looks at some of the reasons the generation born between 1946 and 1964 is struggling today and with the prospect of the future. The article also offers a “how-to cope/plan/prepare” link.

newspaper headlines on job losses

Potential Solutions...

“Helping the Long-term Unemployed Find Jobs

“6 Ways to Help an Out-of-Work Friend"