Friday letters: Regulate foods that tax dollars buy

06/27/2014 12:00 AM

06/26/2014 5:57 PM

Recently I stopped for gas at a downtown gas station and had to retrieve the receipt from inside. I noticed a middle-aged couple in front of me having trouble with their food assistance card.

During the lengthy wait, I was observing what the clerk was ringing up for $20.83. This is where my frustrations came into play. The couple was purchasing two pink lemonades, three pickled hot dogs, three bags of chips, Slim Jims and two candy bars.

As a mother of three amazing children who cannot apply for food assistance because of our “middle class” status, this is offensive and absurd. We struggle every month to provide healthy food to put on our table, while people take for granted the government programs offered to them on my dime. Our state’s food assistance program is corrupt and in need of serious revamping.

The last time I checked, a bag of chips is high in fat, sodium and carbohydrates. Consuming certain products on a regular basis can cause health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. I would think our state officials would work hard to ensure our well-being. It is time they got off their butts and regulated what is purchased with taxpayers’ money.

It would not be such a bad idea if drug testing was done on people applying for assistance. Just some food for thought. Perhaps those officials could discuss this over dinner tonight at a five-star restaurant on my dime as well?

Katrina Lorey


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