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July 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Food stamps up for debate

Hard times require tough decisions

I read the letter to the editor about the food-stamps debate, claiming these cuts were like welfare for the rich. [“Northwest Voices: Food stamps at risk,” Opinion, July 22.]

I was a Democrat all my life, until the party became a charity and we became a welfare state. Sure, there should be help for the poor. However, this government is so large that fraud is everywhere, from the drug dealers taking food stamps to the students that sell theirs.

My mother was a single parent who never thought of asking for help. She taught us that if we didn’t have money, we did without. My mother grew up in the Great Depression, when people learned how to do without. We had a good work ethic and we didn’t expect anyone to take care of us. Maybe our children would appreciate their lives more if everything wasn’t given so easily.

We are now living in a “me” society, where food-stamps recipients get not only food but free cellphones and phone service as well. Food programs were made to help families, not to indulge them.

When a family’s income is cut, the family has to cut their budget, not keep spending. The parents have to make decisions that are not popular with the family. Somebody has to be in charge so their family can survive. We are at that point in our country.

Don’t blame the GOP because they want our country to survive these hard times. Someone has to take action if we are to be the great country we always were.

Kathleen Bukoskey, Everett

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