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FOOD STAMPS: Users must take responsibility

Letter by Peg Davidson, Olympia on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | 3 Comments »
June 28, 2012 11:10 am

Re: “Limits make poor feel poorer” (letter, 6-27).

I’m not one who wants people to suffer, but ensuring that food stamps, provided by the people, are used for good nutrition is no more wrong than ensuring that a live-in boyfriend isn’t feeding off the public trough instead of providing for the children he helps produce.

There is a responsibility in accepting help from the government. It is not an entitlement; it is not earned like the Social Security we pay into every working day.

Those accepting help must make an effort to train themselves for employment paying a living wage. That includes the responsibility of government to provide for support and child care while they are in training. This is the best approach to the problem of people, mainly women, who have children they cannot support.

We need to all quit whining.

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