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June 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Food stamps

Don’t cut them

Columnist Paul Krugman writes: “there are times when cynicism just doesn’t cut it; this is a time to get really, really angry.” He is talking about the Republican effort to shrink and then kill the food-stamp program [“The cruel war on food stamps,” Opinion, June 2].

With rising blood pressures, we turned a few more pages to find that our state’s Republican senators — notably Doug Ericksen, Steve Litzow, Joe Fain, Mike Hewitt and Schoesler — are eating well, accepting meals from lobbyists while being paid $90 daily in taxpayer-funded per diems [“Olympia lobbyists pampering lawmakers with meals, drinks,” NWSunday, June 2]

Now we know where to direct our anger. These same well-fed senators are resistant to providing additional funds for the Emergency Food Assistance Program to help food banks keep up with the 35 percent increase in visits since the recession began. Their refusal to increase revenue results in cuts to programs that assist Washingtonians with child care and other services, resulting in less income with which to buy food.

We will call these senators and hope we don’t find them out to lunch.

Richard and Jeri Hodgin, Seattle

 

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