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November 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

When poverty is growing, cutting food stamps is not the answer

Volunteers at St. Ignatius Food Pantry bag items as individuals and families in need visit the facility Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Chicago (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green).

Volunteers at St. Ignatius Food Pantry bag items as individuals and families in need visit the facility Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Chicago (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green).

Cut salaries of rich military contactors to save money

As food stamp benefits decrease, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to cut another $39 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years [“State will lose $144 million a year as food-stamp extra benefit expires,” NWFriday, Nov. 1].

At a time when poverty is growing, this is monstrously cruel.

The Senate, controlled by the Democrats, wants to cut $4 billion over the same period. Perhaps the “Party of Extreme Cruelty” and the “Party of Moderate Cruelty” could agree on a “compromise” of $20 billion in cuts.

The reporter quotes Republican Frank Lucas, defending cuts to food stamps by saying, “We don’t have any money.” Really?

The CEO of Lockheed Martin was paid about $23 million by taxpayers in 2012, while the CEO of Boeing was paid about $10 million. Boeing and Lockheed are bidding on a contract to build an unnecessary replacement for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the world’s most expensive airplane (so far).

If Congress cancels the new plan and cuts back the salaries of rich military contractors to $120,000 a year, that should free up some money for food, not bombs.

Bill Distler, Bellingham

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