Weatherford Democrat

November 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Food benefit cuts ‘immoral’


Weatherford Democrat

— Food benefit cuts ‘immoral’

Dear Editor,

I believe cuts to recent Snap food benefits for the needy is immoral, and reflects not only the effects of the sequestration, but a real problem with Republican leadership in the state Legislature.

The most vulnerable are still at serious health risk levels when 47 million Americans need the program. In the near future, continued efforts for food donation and utility help is seriously needed.

I know a Texas disabled man, age 69, who only receives $15 dollars a month in Snap benefits, which is shameful. Some food pantries are limited to personal food help every three months, and utility help only once a year.

In Weatherford, the city receives donation pledges from different food and assistance organizations. The city is good to apply these pledges against the low income and poor and disabled bill. However, what is pledged to keep their utilities on, and the balance due, and late charges (although not always the needy’s fault) are automatically passed on to the citizen’s next month bill. Many low-income wonder, with greater anxiety, how the higher next  month’s bill, will be paid. Last summer, an elderly woman told me she hoped that Jesus will return before her next bill.

There certainly needs to be compassion in state, and municipal localities, when considering that CEO’s in distant plant provider locations, walk away with Millions in compensation and annual pay, with full benefits. Natural gas providers also need to have the same changes.

In Texas 23 million people are without health insurance, while women’s health rights and Planned Parenthood needs are now unavailable. Corporate pollution, and many public citizen toxic exposures go without representation by the same politicians who say they stand by the people’s needs. I know this on a personal level!

Darwin Yeary, Weatherford