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FOOD STAMPS: Beating the system is a SNAP

While I agree with Michelle Obama’s goal of providing healthier food for children, I wish she would give some serious consideration to helping them by pushing for some serious reforms to the food stamp program (SNAP).

She might begin by pushing to ban or reduce the great portion of the money that is spent on sugary soft drinks, starchy snack food, obscenely priced party trays, and choice cuts of meat and fish.

I am not opposed to kids having a few sweet treats, but the amount of money spent on a party tray, a few cuts of prime beef or

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HUNGER: Children most hurt by cuts in SNAP program

Re: ‘Lawmakers need to stop playing politics with hunger” by Bob Dole and Tom Daschle (TNT, 9-20),

How refreshing to see two famous politicians – one Republican, one Democrat – calling for taking the politics out of hunger. Unfortunately, the Republican-led House didn’t listen, cutting the SNAP program (formerly food stamps) by $40 billion.

Children will feel it the most, with one in five already having issues with hunger. These cuts will also increase the 47 million Americans below the poverty level. With more than 23 percent of American children living in poverty (second only to Romania of the

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FOOD STAMPS: Time for some changes

In the richest country in the world, nobody should be going to bed hungry, but at a time when our economy is struggling and one in every six Americans is on food stamps, some changes are definitely in order.

At present SNAP cards can be used to purchase candy, sugary soft drinks, snack crackers, energy drinks, TV dinners, crab legs, shrimp and filet mignon. If you don’t believe that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on such items every day, just talk to a checker in a supermarket.

What’s the solution?

If the items listed were banned and the money

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POVERTY: Another war not worth fighting

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.” For this reason he has decided to surrender our nation’s 40-year “War on Drugs.”

Holder may be right. This war hasn’t worked. It hasn’t decreased drug use. It has simply filled up prisons and cost our nation money.

However, while he and the Democratic Party or at it, perhaps they should also surrender another failing, decades-long war: the “War on Poverty.”

The war was conceived by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 with the goal of ending poverty

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FOOD STAMPS: Aid going to Caribbean?

In fiscal 2012, the U.S. government spent $74.6 billion on food assistance. Currently there are 47.7 million Americans receiving benefits. This number has almost doubled since 2008 and is increasing almost daily.

Now there is a new twist to this bloated social welfare program: Some food stamp recipients are using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to buy groceries in the United States and sending them to relatives overseas, mainly to several Caribbean countries.

In largely Caribbean New York neighborhoods, supermarkets offer hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon barrels for shipping. People buy the barrels for about $40 each and use

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ELECTION: Is this what TNT is endorsing?

Re: “With sobered expectations, Obama for president” (editorial, 10-24).

Is this what The News Tribune endorses for America?

• An unemployment rate of nearly 8 percent today, when we were promised the rate would fall to 5 percent with the $800 billion-plus stimulus?

• A doubling of gas prices?

• $6 trillion added to the national debt?

• An increase of food stamp usage from 32 million to 46 million users?

• A nearly $4,000 decrease in median income for the middle class?

• A 2,700-page health care law with over 1,300 waivers given to Democratic allies and patrons?

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WELFARE: EBT program needs serious reform

Recently I was in line behind two guys in their mid 30s at an area grocery store. Both were wearing easily $1,000 worth of designer clothing. They purchased $100 worth of premium-cut steaks with all the fixings. That purchase was made courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer via an EBT card.

I’ve witnessed many similar instances over the last several months since another incident at a local store brought the EBT issue to my attention. The first incident was a young man, again with a cart loaded full of luxury food items, who decided to yell at a cashier because his

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ELECTION: Pitts quick to call Republicans racist

Re: “The black and white of political code speak at election time” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 9-2).

I am tired of Pitts invariably accusing Republicans of being racist. He references Vice President Joe Biden’s accusation that Mitt Romney wants to “put y’all back in chains” as just a foolish comment, while Newt Gingrich’s accusation that the president is the “food stamp president” is disingenuous and hypocritical (essentially racist).

Gingrich’s reference is factual and points out that this economy has driven more people into the program, most of whom are white. However there’s no mistaking Biden’s reference to slavery as

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