Columbia, SC — I’m amused and then disgusted when I hear people with high-paying jobs, a minimum of one or two cars and nice homes talk about how easy it is for anyone “who really wants to …” — fill in the blank.
Want to vote? Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get a photo ID. Forget the fact that they also might need a Social Security card or birth certificate. What if they don’t have transportation — not even a mass transit system — to get to these offices?
Now our fearless pontificating governor has decided that she has the right to tell people what they can and cannot eat. I don’t have a major problem with that because there are way too many overweight and unhealthy people in our state. What angers me is the discussion about setting up a program at the State Farmers’ Market, which is so far off the grid for buses or people who don’t live in Lexington County, making it hard for people to redeem their food stamps for healthy food. Who is going to arrange for transportation for these people? How much more will they end up paying in transportation costs, if they can get there at all?
The arrogance in making these plans and pronouncements is disgusting. People on food stamps are living beneath the poverty level, and you expect them to go to the farmers’ market. Amazing.
Helen C. Foley