This letter to the editor came in today via our online form. I have not edited it, nor will I. It actually makes an interesting point, but it would take too much editing time to get it in shape to run, even as an online-only letter.
Sadly, this letter is not an exception; many come in like this. And unlike this one – which I’m using for illustration only – they’ll never see the light of day.
i am a 23 year old male who is considered homeless, because i couch surf i have been recieving food stamps on and off for the past couple of years. The whole time while recieving benefits i have been unemployed looking for work, this is where it gets interesting, once i decide to get off my butt and do something with my life, like enroll into school, i am than told i am no longer eligible for food stamps, because i am not working at least 20 hours a week. This left me in shock and makes absolutely no sense, to me its a mixed message with the state saying, “if you continue to do nothing with yourself we will support you but the minute you want to apply yourself your on your own with no help.” Its almost like a form of suppression to keep people from moving forward. It appears the system is backwards, and it does go much deeper, like a single woman with no child who works a job with no benefits is ineligible for state medical, but if she is pregnant or has a child the state runs to the rescue, which could be a leading cause as to why people are getting pregnant at a young age, just for some relief help.