I’m glad that Congress has made some headway and compromised for the farm bill [“Q&A: What’s in the trillion-dollar farm bill?” Politics, Jan. 28]. What wasn’t mentioned is that at least 50 billionaires, or businesses in which they had a financial stake, collected farm subsidy direct payments from 1995 to 2012, according to the…More
Topic: food stamps
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Hope Yen’s article presented interesting statistics without providing any insight regarding causation [“The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans,” Nation & World, Jan. 26]. There are many more workers with some college education today because many more people are being herded into colleges whether they have the necessary capabilities or the financial wherewithal….More
Split the food stamps and the farm program
I agree with Froma Harrop, “let’s split the food stamps and the farm program” [“The last farm bill? Opinion, Nov. 17].
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…More
Reverse the decision Please urge U.S. senators and representatives to reverse the House vote to reduce SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by $4 billion which will affect more than 47 million Americans. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.] Pacific Northwest residents include many who have connections with out-of-state officeholders. Please…More
Corrected version A punch in the gut When I first heard that the House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $4 billion annually for the next 10 years, I was shocked and saddened. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.] A “yes” vote on…More
Congress should protect people, not corporations The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years, a cut that could threaten an adequate food supply for as many as six million Americans. [“House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 16.] While…More
Government support needed In the past few months, I looked out my office window and wondered why, with unemployment in King County below 5 percent, are more people lining up at The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s and every other food bank in the area? [“Guest column: Proposed cuts to food stamps devastating,” Opinion, Sept….More
Employers, not taxpayers, should pay workers A minimum-wage employee is likely receiving a number of government subsidies including food stamps, housing assistance, earned-income tax credit and soon medical insurance assistance. [“A crazy generosity experiment,” NW Sunday, Aug. 11.]If the minimum wage were raised (say, to $15 an hour) the minimum-wage employee would receive fewer, if…More
Farm bill was a mega-bill The House of Representatives and House Republican leadership recently took a bold step to separate the farm bill into farm policy and feeding programs (food stamps). [“Budget plans imploding, Congress is heading home,” News, Aug. 2.] When asked for a reaction to the split, the most common answer in my farm…More