Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, June 28

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Is it more acceptable for Democrats to sin?

To the editor:

I read an article written by Dan Balz of the Washington Post about the downfall and total demise of the entire Republican Party as a result of the infidelity and illicit affair of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford after he made public the sordid details of his indiscretion and stood before America shedding crocodile tears.

The article ran on and on with the usual bombasts at anything or anybody that remotely resembles being Republican. However, what really had me in uncontrollable gales of laughter is the analysis by Balz that since most Republicans are of the right wing leaning and thus strict moralists and bible-thumpers, then apparently it is twice as foreboding and sinful for a Republican to go astray and cheat on their spouses than it is for Democrats.

Am I correctly interpreting this doggerel as indicative that Democrats are just as guilty of breaking their marriage vows as Republicans but since they are of the liberal bent, and perhaps not as influenced by Christian principles or high moral standards then it is perfectly acceptable for them to sin? I always did suspicion this was the case.

Poor Dan extinguished his own noble torch and the halo fell from his head when he published a list of previous spouse-cheating governors in his article.

There it was, in bold print before my unbelieving eyes: Five cheating Democrat governors versus one Republican. I can only conclude that it's not only the Presidency and Congress that the Democrats are carrying in the majority.

Charles David Sliger,

Shelbyville


Trash should be put into receptacles

To the editor:

I walk around Never Rest Park every morning. After softball on Saturday morning the grounds were covered with paper, water bottles, etc. Much of it was within five feet of a trash barrel. It's bad enough to be a slob, but raising slobs is worse.

Larry Hayes,

Shelbyville


Taxpayers should rebel against freeloaders

To the editor:

I often wonder whether the taxpaying people ever notice how prevalent the food stamp program has gotten. The recipients don't have food stamps as such nowadays, but they have what appears to be a credit card which has the American Flag printed on it.

There is certainly a place for this program, but I have no doubts that the majority of those receiving benefits are the ones who really need them. I am all in favor if helping the elderly who can't get by without them, the truly disabled, and those who work hard on jobs where the pay isn't enough to buy necessities.

One night my wife and I were shopping at a local grocery store, and we noticed the couple in front of us. They had a grocery cart full of expensive items, mostly being prepared foods. Both of these people had jewelry hanging from their necks and wrists, and they were fashionably dressed. Both had cell phones and they were not the cheap ones. Before they reached the counter, one of them told the other they had forgotten the filet mignon. The one who went after the steaks came back with a large package of filet mignon.

Most of us who pay for our own groceries don't buy filet mignon, but this couple letting others pay their bill was eating the best steaks the store had to offer. There was no one holding back for them because I'm sure they felt they deserved the best at someone else's expense. Their total charge was more than $200 and here came the card with the flag on it. All free groceries for them.

Similar things happen every day. I think there are entire families who expect the taxpayers to take care of them from cradle to grave. This has likely happened with their families ever since the food program began.

I'm fed up with those of us who pay taxes being forced to pay for the lazy people who would not work if they had 50 job offers. One day, in the not too distant future, those of us who pay for everything are going to rebel against this bunch of freeloaders. When we finally do get enough, those people getting all of the public assistance had better be prepared to go to work. The day is coming when they either go to work or do without food. It's about time.

Charles Reed,

Shelbyville

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  • Re:Taxpayers should rebel against freeloaders

    Why not have a "food stamp" commissary similar to those on military installations? They could be stocked with only grocery staples that allow those who need some help to get the most value for the taxpayer dollar and #1..take away choices such as the filet mignon and #2...cut out the middle man retailer who is also making a profit on the taxpayer dollar (I'm all for grocery store folks making a living but not on dollars suppose to be feeding the needy...they get plenty of my money and a lot of other people's to make a profit on). Maybe this could even be in conjunction with local charitable food pantrys so those who wanted to donate could provide additional resources for hopefully those who are truly in need. This way we would be getting the most food for the taxpayer dollar.

    -- Posted by hemmaw on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 8:14 AM
  • We can't do anything like that, because it would be demeaning to the people getting the assistance. It would place a sigma on them and they would feel that they were be singled out because they use the food stamps. The food stamp system as it is has major flaws, in as much that allot of people, mind you I am not implying that all are involved, will sell the food stamp card for cash in order to get money for drugs alcohol, or other thing the food stamps were not intended to purchase. I have been offered a $100 food stamp card for $50 in front of Our major chain store here in Shelbyville. I have seen people sell them for cash in front of markets here in Shelbyville. There should be a way to link the food stamp card with a data system that would require the barer to present a photo ID in order to use tax dollars to buy food. This would in some form curtail the illegal sell of the cards and keep the money where it was intended to go, for the purchase of food. Here is something that happened in front of me that I have never forgotten. I had done my shopping for my family for the week. I was buying from my list in order to not go over my budget. When I went to check out, there was a woman in front of me I only know she was from over our southern border. She had two carts stacked to the rim with food and most of it was beef. She proceeded to pay for most of her purchase with food stamps. After finishing her transaction at the check out, she walked to the service desk, and proceeded count out SIX ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS and wires them to MEXICO. So in that case our tax dollars did not buy food they went into the Mexican economy. The need for a photo ID to use food stamps would help stop this sort of thing as well. I would not mind paying taxes if the money was used for the true intended purpose. But the entitlement system of this country is killing us.

    -- Posted by docudrama on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 9:53 AM
  • Be careful my bank cards Credit, Debit, and ATM cards also have American flags on them. as do the food stamp cards.

    -- Posted by docudrama on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 9:58 AM
  • Hemmaw, You have the right idea, but it will never happen. The biggest supporters of the food stamp program are the major retailers and the huge agri-business complex. Those food stamp dollars end up somewhere, and those who truly benefit from them have the power to keep the program exactly as it is.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Tue, Jun 30, 2009, at 7:56 AM
  • This is a nationwide issue I do believe. It makes me sick that people have to live paycheck to paycheck and don't qualify for ANY assistance because they make too much. It makes me sick how some women have babies just to stay in the system and for some reason, the father(s) never get found to pay the money back. It makes me sick how someone illegal can get more in benefits than most people ever have hope of having.

    It makes me sick that my grandmother, an American citizen, living in another state, barely scrapes by on her social security and food stamps, living in a low-income apartment and her rent just went up to nearly double because the rules got changed. If we send her money and the apartment managers or anyone at the food stamp office find out about it, her benefits get reduced and her rent goes up even more! It's such a shame.

    -- Posted by LosingHope on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 8:47 PM
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