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November 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Dear Congress: don’t cut SNAP

Farm bill is crucial to direct our agriculture and nutrition policy for hungry Americans

Right now Congress is debating a farm bill that will direct our agriculture and nutrition policy for the next several years ["Congress must compromise on farm bill," Online, Oct. 29]. The House and Senate passed two very different bills. SNAP is being cut: Some want to gut the program, but others want to protect it.

On Nov. 1, every food-stamp recipient (low-income Americans) saw his or her benefits reduced. It has become a political issue.

As somebody who believes that our government should not actively try to increase hunger in America, I’d like to see our members of Congress work to pass a farm bill that protects anti-hunger programs and finds a better way to balance the budget. Can’t we find a better way to put our fiscal house in order?

Here is my take: People in general have certain basic needs and necessities like food, clothing and shelter. When these are not met, people tend to voice their concerns and get really vociferous about it. By cutting the SNAP program, are the legislators checking to see if incomes rise for common Americans so they don’t have to apply for SNAP? If the answer is yes, then they should cut it. Otherwise, they need to keep it.

Nalina Nagarajan, Kirkland

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