Don’t cut vital safety net programs in debt ceiling deal

In response to a recent letter to the editor regarding the debt ceiling crisis, I am relieved that there is a potential to avert a default on our payments. However, I am deeply concerned about the proposals that would impose the burden on ordinary citizens who are honest, hard-working Americans simply striving to make ends meet.

It is essential that we have compassionate leaders who appreciate the contributions of hardworking individuals by ensuring they have access to nutritious food, adequate health care and housing. Unfortunately, it seems that many people in positions of power are indifferent and failing to prioritize the needs of these individuals. I sincerely hope that a comprehensive agreement can be reached, one that avoids significant cuts to vital programs such as SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”) and TANF, in order to address this pressing issue.

Sarah M. Miller

St. Louis, Mo.

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