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Demand that officials make streets safe

Kudos to Andy Skotdal for telling it like it truly is in his Aug. 30 letter, "Cure epidemic of social illness." Our All-American City is being overrun with the "recidivist...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Commentary

Paid family leave can offer many benefits

Paid family leave affects our country and our businesses and the personal lives of the parents trying to strive without it. The United States is one of only four nations in the world without a federal entitlement to paid leave for families (out of around 200 nations). So it is obvious...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Commentary

Americans in poverty are a shifting population

Public dependence isn't a permanent condition, although we often talk about people in need of government aid as if they constitute some kind of fixed class — as if welfare recipients have always needed welfare, as if the families on food stamps today are exactly the same ones on...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Kansas limits welfare recipients to $25 at ATMs

WASHINGTON — A first-of-its-kind provision that prevents welfare recipients in Kansas from withdrawing more than $25 a day from an ATM might violate federal law, and could jeopardize the state’s federal funding if not amended.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Why must we humiliate those in poverty?

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmaker tries to cut steak, seafood from food stamps

WASHINGTON — In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Nation & World

What Americans want: Spend more, tax less

WASHINGTON — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World

Republicans push conservative budgets

WASHINGTON — Making good on last fall's campaign commitments, Republicans advanced conservative budgets in both houses of Congress on Wednesday, setting up a veto struggle over the fate of the health care law and promising a whopping $5 trillion in spending cuts to erase deficits...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Nation & World

Colorado mulls ban on welfare cards at pot shops

DENVER — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World

Poor Americans to lose food stamps

An estimated 1 million indigent Americans are expected to lose their food stamp benefits over the next couple years because they are unable to find a job or meet federally mandated work requirements that are now starting to kick in again.Falling unemployment rates are...

Date: 01/10/2015 | Nation & World

Why I choose to give to those on the street

Every day that I drive through downtown Everett I see a homeless person sitting on the corner holding up a sign asking for help, and it's unsettling to me. I hate the fact that I live in the wealthiest developed nation and we have homeless people. This should not be! No...

Date: 11/24/2014 | Commentary

Tea party plays nice on federal budget

WASHINGTON — The tea party may have learned its lesson.As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government...

Date: 09/11/2014 | Nation & World

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