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Opinion

November 30, 2013

Food stamp cuts hurt the hungry

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The recent food stamp cuts are appalling. Many people blame members of Congress for these cuts, and they deserve it. Yet, more blame needs to be placed on the self-righteous people in our country who resent the poor and people of color getting “something free.”

There is also jealousy in this righteous indignation. They’d like to have the “nerve” to get more, as they believe the poor people do. These angry citizens have persuaded their representatives to cut $5 billion off the food stamp program — a small amount considering all the other waste in government, yet it would amount to $30 a month to a family of four, which means many people and their children will have no food for the end of the month.

I am a disabled Korean War combat veteran, and these cuts anger me a lot not only for the effects on so many, but they also affect veterans and active service people. Nearly a million veterans and 5,000 active members will be affected.

Jon Soltz, from VoteVet.Org, said, “It’s revolting that so many men and women who served this nation” will be cut off from needed help.

From those of us who grew up in the 1930s and many others with family experiences then, there should be more compassion for those who are hungry and don’t have medical coverage.

As a child, I was partly paralyzed and bedfast for nearly a year. I was cared for by family, since medical services were not available to us or most others in our area. We were often without food, and it still bothers me to remember those I saw go hungry, suffer and often die without medical help.

I am a very old senior citizen, and my wife and I are living on a very limited income. We routinely give food to the food banks, and with this new revolting cut in food stamps, we will give more and can only encourage others to do the same.

EDWARD V. HARRIS

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