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FOOD STAMPS: Limits make poor feel poorer

Letter by Pat L. Downing, Tacoma on June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am | 56 Comments »
June 25, 2012 11:21 am

As a child I heard my parents talk about how invasive it was that people on welfare in large city tenements had regular visits from their case workers. The tenants would hide their radios, children’s toys and anything else that might suggest they were not spending the welfare money on necessities.

I heard that case workers would go so far as to check to see if their were any clothing or shoes that might indicate a man lived there and should be contributing to the income.

The article about restrictions on food stamps (TNT, 6-24) made me think of those conversations. It must be hard enough to explain to children why they can’t have the latest toys or electronics, but to now explain they can no longer have a bottle of soda or any candy because they are on welfare will do nothing more than make them feel poorer.

How different is it from the welfare worker who had the right to examine closets and look to see if a man’s shoes are under the bed and telling people using food stamps what they can eat? As it is, many sell a portion of their stamps to buy toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products and other necessities.

It’s wrong according to the laws, but some have no choice. Maybe that’s the part of the law that needs to be changed, not what food items they can have.

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