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FOOD STAMPS: Users must take responsibility

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

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JOBS: Public assistance already requires work

A recent letter suggested that rather than utilizing inmates to help with the apple harvest, the work could be performed by those who receive welfare from the state.

It is worth noting that there have only been two public assistance programs which provide cash assistance. General Assistance Unemployable, now called Disability Lifeline, is for single adults who are incapacitated and cannot work. The cash-assistance portion of that program, which was $197 per month, was terminated on Nov. 1.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides a cash benefit to parents with children whose income is no more than 30

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CROPS: Let welfare recipients pick produce

The article about having prisoners pick apples (TNT, 11-4) shows the downside of tightening rules on illegal immigrants. However we do have a potential workforce available to fill the gap.

All welfare recipients should be required to do some form of work for the money they receive, and this could be one way for them to contribute to society instead of just taking taxpayer money. They could be paid the same as the prisoners with half going to the state and half they keep.

Those on welfare would be money ahead since they would get their checks plus the

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JOBS: Where are the American workers?

The literary classic, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is an enduring tribute to the unbreakable spirits of Depression-era Americans. Like thousands of others who lived during that time period, the members of the Joad family lived in abject poverty.

Though faced by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and crippling adversity brought on by the Depression, the Joads remained undeterred. After slaughtering a pig and eating a final home-cooked meal, they loaded up their truck and hit the road in search of a better life.

Throughout their journey, they struggled, and yet they persevered. Even when lured by the enticements of the government-run Weedpatch

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JOBS: Transport welfare recipients to work on farms

I noted with interest the article (TNT, 10-15) about the fruit farmers being unable to obtain help even at $150 per day. We have hundreds of thousands drawing unemployment and welfare. Why not have the state pay to transport some of those people to the farms, removing them from the unemployed at least temporarily? Simple solution.

But then I checked the unemployment comp rate and find that a person might make as much as $580/day compared to $750/day working in the fields. Checking further I found on one page 11 separate welfare programs for children. (Certainly these could be

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WELFARE: Where are all those husbands?

Re: “Compassion for poor is meaningless unless it’s also effective” (TNT, 6-1).

Like so many who wrap meanness toward the needy in a righteous “tough love” cloak, the author – a policy maker at the radically conservative Heritage Foundation – bases her argument on implied myths and lies.

MYTH: Single mothers cause their own poverty by choosing to raise their children without a father. REALITY: Mothers often become single because their husband or partner leaves and won’t or can’t pay sufficient child support.

MYTH: Poor single mothers could easily improve their lives by getting married. REALITY: Few welfare mothers have

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WELFARE: State funds illegal immigrants

Re: cuts to the welfare system (TNT, 8-13). Our state spends millions of dollars on welfare programs: GAU, GAX, ADATSA and state-funded food stamps, medical benefits and cash grants. The feds do not provide funds for non-citizens, but the state does.

Non-citizens can send their children to live with Washington residents who are citizens. The residents promptly put their minor cousins, nieces and nephews on assistance – all state-funded. Washington has no reciprocity with the countries from which these children come, and there is no way to collect reimbursement from the parents.

The state also generously funds the

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