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Published: Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Food stamps

Many in poverty do have jobs

A recent letter writer quoted some facts and figures to defend the proposed cuts to SNAP. He was way off base. I don't even question his numbers but the conclusions he drew were all wrong.
Creating a "work requirement" for eligibility does not help anybody become self sufficient. There are currently three unemployed people for every open job. He also failed to note that more than half of current food stamp recipients already have jobs that do not pay enough to both feed a family and make rent. Many of the rest are senior citizens or unable to work due to disability.
Perhaps if our Congress had passed a jobs bill instead of this unrealistic and cruel attempt to deprive people of food it would be different but there you are. Instead of jobs we get austerity and 40-plus time and money wasting attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act. Apparently the House Republicans feel very strongly that if you don't have money then you don't deserve to eat or get health insurance.
Doug McGee
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