The show's about to start, and Kathy McHugh makes her way to the front of her family room. "Thank you for coming," the 55-year-old court reporter beams, as the conversations among 50 people sitting on sofas and in rows of chairs subside into an expectant hush.
My sister works long hours as a waitress and my brother works even longer hours at a plant that mines and processes limestone. Another brother toiled for decades in the housekeeping department at our hometown hospital; it closed two years ago. A nephew has a job at Walmart.
Kevin Riordan is the Inquirer's South Jersey columnist. He’s been a journalist for nearly 40 years.