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Tribune's readers respond to food stamp discussion
by David Farside
May 27, 2013 | 2432 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week’s column on possible budgetary cuts reducing food stamps for one out of every seven poor, needy, homeless and hungry working poor Americans — cuts I was opposed to —  generated some interesting feedback from the faithful readers of the Sparks Tribune web-site.

Republicans cited their Christianity as a basis to justify their reduction of assistance to the needy, saying “we should be doing this as individuals, helping the poor.” In other words, collectively as a nation we shouldn’t be helping the impoverished and less fortunate who are poor by circumstance, not be choice. Instead, we should be helping the rich get richer.

One comment was: 1 in 7 are undernourished? We very seldom hear of people starving to death in the USA but we do hear of the epidemic of obesity. One in six kids are overweight and one in three adults are obese. Perhaps we are doing too good of a job feeding people. Perhaps food aid should be given to only the under weight and let those who are over weight get a little hungry.

Response from another reader: Healthy or nutritious food is far more expensive than fat or calorie-laden foods. You can be obese and can still be malnourished.

True Believer wrote: “David Farside it is apparent you are a leftist fool ... You blame a party when it is a community that is responsible for each other, not Government ...You attack Republican Christians. What do you think their are no Democratic Christians? … It is a shame the Sparks Tribune would allow such garbage to be published ... The tax system is a root to the abuse of our financial system make it a fixed tax and all the abuse would no longer exist ... Lobbing would no longer have a place, Before you write such trash and attack a party because you have such hate, maybe you should first think ... I bet if you did your research you would find the church, and those so called bad Christians, gave more than you or any of your Government ever did ... What was your donation other than the garbage you have supplied here ... God bless.”

“NVCondor“ responded: It’s far more important for Republicans, Christian or otherwise, to have tax breaks for the wealthy than it is to take care of their fellow man. If True Believer doesn’t like “our government” or paying his fair share of taxes, then I would invite him to move to a country that he is more philosophically in tune with. like Afghanistan.

Adding some humor to the subject “Cirdon” said, “I recall an op-ed written by an immigrant from, I believe, Pakistan. The writer was a Ph.D and White House Scholar. His story was of a friend that won the lottery. Not Powerball, the Green Card lottery to come to the US. The guy threw himself a big party to celebrate his success. The Ph.d asked him, “Why are you so happy to move far away from your friends, family and loved ones to a country that isn’t really welcoming to Muslims?” The friend replied “I’ve always wanted to live in a country where poor people are fat.”

Read more on the Sparks Tribune web-site, just click onto ‘opinion.’

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.
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