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January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Farm bill: Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture

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…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: Donna Schindler Munro, farm bill, food stamps

January 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Many students don’t have the education needed for financial success

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….

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Comments | More in Education, Food stamps | Topics: education, food stamps, Hope Yen

November 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

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

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…

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Comments | More in budget cuts | Topics: budget cuts, food stamps

September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

House conservatives vote to cut food stamps

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: Congress, conservatives, food stamps

September 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Conservatives make big cuts to food stamps

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: conservatives, cut, food stamps

September 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Food stamps face billions in cuts

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: assistance, Congress, corporations

September 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Devastating potential cuts to food stamps

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....

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: food banks, food stamps, government support

August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Minimum-wage debate in Seattle

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…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: food stamps, government subsidies, housing assistance

August 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Food stamps eliminated from farm bill

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…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Politics | Topics: Congress, farm bill, food stamps

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