$33 a week
I want to comment on "Food stamp use a national disgrace" (Our Views, Sept. 6). Did these writers see the article in the same section of that day's newspaper, "Faltering economy increases hunger in 2011, USDA says" (Nation & World)?
I have a family of four, and, yes, we receive food stamps. I drive a cab in Tampa, and I am our primary source of income. We had our food stamp benefits cut about three months ago by $127 a month ( for a family of four) and, yes, I missed meals so my boys didn't have to, especially at the end of the month.
The Florida Department of Children and Families issues food stamp cards, and if you were to "lose" more than two cards that were then used, they would be all over it and open a fraud investigation. The editorial stated, "The average benefit per card is $132." That is per month! When was the last time that any of your editors ate for less than $33 per week?
Yes, I absolutely believe that reforming food stamp eligibility would cause not some, but many, to miss meals. Some may be too young to write back against this Republican fodder. I would suggest your editors and publisher attempt to realize the reality of how hard it is to work and survive in this economy. I would suggest that this "estimate" of food stamp fraud is way over what it actually is.
In the words of Eminem, "These … food stamps don't buy diapers, and this is my life." I worked a solid eight hours on the streets, not in some comfy office, last night and made a grand total of $40 — and that's before I paid my cab lease.
Ronald M. Seaman Jr.
Surviving the onslaught
The Democratic National Convention lauded the fantastic upswing in our economy during the Obama administration, but there was an increase of 700,000 households requiring assistance to have enough food to sustain active, healthy lives for all family members, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have to also thank the DNC for "returning God" to its platform. Something has to be done economically and ethically for this country to survive the current onslaught.
So former President Bill Clinton speaks at the DNC supporting the re-election of Barack Obama. The fact Clinton doesn't like Obama isn't the best kept secret in the political world. So why does he support him? The answer is simple: Hillary. Bill is trying to keep the door open for Hillary to run again in 2016. But if Obama is defeated by Mitt Romney, and Romney has a successful first term, it makes it extra difficult for Hillary in 2016, pushing her best hopes out to 2020. But by the 2020 campaign, Hillary will be 73 and probably unelectable. The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows was alive and well at the DNC.
Lester E. Scates
Abortion and women
I am constantly amazed by the liberal women of today who equate women's issues with only one item of importance: abortion on demand, paid by all taxpayers, even women like me who don't want to pay for other women, including college girls who consider abortion their right. There are many problems facing women today: jobs and being paid equally and respected equally in the business world, financing their children's education, having a decent place to live and planning for retirement. All of these issues are major concerns to most women, but the only message from the Democratic Party and the extreme liberal left is if you don't want to pay for a coed's abortion, then you have declared war on women. Isn't that an extremely narrow view of women's lives and their needs? If a woman wants an abortion, she can have one. I am not interested in taking away her rights, but don't ask me to pay for it.