The fiscal cliff seems to have crowded the Nuns on the Bus issue out of the paper. Frankly, I miss it; it was so much more fun. Further, the Nuns-on-the-Bus correspondence made a very important point about attitudes connected with poverty in our country. The poor and poverty are not only at the bottom of the economic heap, but they're also at the bottom of the status heap as well. They apparently arrive at this low point immediately upon becoming poor.