Tuesday letters: Food stamps mustn’t be cut

September 24, 2013 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years — a cut that would threaten an adequate food supply for up to six million Americans. And while the $40 billion cut would impact a diverse range of people (including veterans), it would disproportionately hurt children, who make up almost half of SNAP recipients.

Congress must reevaluate its priorities. It’s OK with taking food from children while continuing to protect tax loopholes that allow corporations such as Apple, General Electric and Verizon to avoid paying their fair share in federal taxes.

It’s outrageous that Congress plays political games with people struggling to put food on the table. Our elected officials need to stand up and protect their constituents, families and communities, not just corporations.

Karen Weidner


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