To the Editor,
This letter is in reference to an article that appeared in the Fayetteville Observer recently with a headline that read “Cuts in food stamps put families in bind.” It included a photograph of a mother and her three children with names and ages. So I feel that the photograph and information were published with the mother’s permission.
I am not writing to put any one down for receiving food stamps. What I would like to bring to the attention of the public is this woman is complaining about a decrease in her food stamps as of Nov. 1. As I look at the picture, something in the back ground on her mantle got my attention. There were at least seven bottles that resembled alcoholic beverages.
Now you and I know if you go to the grocery store and purchase that many bottles at today’s prices, that would almost cover food for a family of four for a week. You can’t pay for alcohol with your food card, so I would like to know where did the money come from to purchase these things?
I know jobs are hard to find and many people are living from paycheck to paycheck. Many senior citizens are living within the limits of their small Social Security checks. My son worked 60 to 70 hours a week until he was hurt on the job. He lost a leg due to the accident.
He now lives by himself, pays his bills; he can’t walk, he has to use a wheelchair. He needs help taking a shower, someone to make his bed, wash his clothes, and some cooking. We cannot get any help. The family is doing for him what he can’t do for himself. If he were someone with children he could get most anything he wanted.
I will never put anyone down for receiving aid when it is really needed, but there are many living off the government when they could help themselves and they are teaching their children to do the same. Wake up fellow Americans, the worse is yet to come. We need to tighten our belts and teach the younger generation to do the same.