Poverty in America: Complicated, Stressful, and Difficult

Roderick Graham
8 min readJul 13, 2023

I hate flying. I recently took a trip to Vermont for a conference. Now I hate flying even more.

Allow me to recount some of my frustrations.

This whole checked-bag situation is ridiculous, and I never want to check bags. The size of the luggage you can take on the plane is tiny. If you are staying somewhere for more than a few days, you will want to pack a larger suitcase. And then they charge you. And if you check a second. Well, they charge you again. I don’t think the price you pay for a checked bag…

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Roderick Graham

Gadfly | Professor of Sociology at Old Dominion University | I post about social science, culture, and progressive politics | Views are my own