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NORTH KOREA: Feed our own hungry first

Letter by John L. Brooks, Spanaway on Dec. 19, 2011 at 11:23 am with 5 Comments »
December 19, 2011 1:54 pm

Re: “Charities seek help online, find it” (TNT, 12-19).

The front-page article tells how charities are finding help online in these very lean times to get volunteers and donations to feed homeless Americans. Then I read (TNT, 12-19)  that our government is getting ready to send 240,000 tons of food to North Korea. Yes, North Korea.

Perhaps we need accountability from those we have elected and sent to Washington, D.C., on why we have children and adults in the Untied States going hungry every day, yet we are going to supply food to a country that hates us.

I was told when I was young that “charity begins at home.”

 

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  1. ReadNLearn says:

    I’m sorry…feed hungry people wherever and whenever we find them.

    There’s no HUNGER crisis in the US.

    We have parents who despite having EBT for the children, don’t spend it on them and therefore, we’re paying twice to feed those children, free breakfasts and lunches, AND EBT/SNAP.

    I’ve been in line behind too many families using EBT to believe there’s a hunger problem among the majority our poor in Washington State. Some are, the disenfranchised, and in other states and this one, there are working poor, because DSHS punishes people for trying to work and rewards those who don’t, but if there’s a food problem for Americans, it’s not starvation.

    BTW, the one that gets me is the steak they buy with SNAP- and they’re buying for dogs. Can’t get dog food for the Rotts and Pits with EBT, but you can buy steak and give it to them.

  2. John L. Brooks, Spanaway The U.S. Government has been feeding the North Koreans for over 10 years. Why do you think Kim Jong il would threaten to use nukes on S. Korea, so the U.S. would send them food.

  3. R-N-L
    Yes, we should all help those who ask for or need our help.

    As to hunger in America: time to do some more reading and hopefully learn something.

    http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/hunger-study-2010.aspx

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/10/hunger.html

    http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    If families made eating a priority, nobody would go hungry. I’m not saying it’s easy, but anyone starving is only doing it on purpose, or because they are mental and do not realize it. There are avenues to address that, as well. I do not feel obligated to feel sorry for someone spending there food and shelter wherewithal on anything but that.

  5. BlaineCGarver says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention, AGAIN, alcohol and drug testing for anyone on assistance. I need to pee to keep my job, and I’ll be danged if I’ll give up my bucks to someone who does not have to. I believe you can be assured that giving to the Salvation Army is a debendable giver of relief.

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