Letter: Why I'm not a liberal

August 14, 2013 

Unlike Rylan Grimes (Letters, Aug. 12) who professed to be a liberal, I am a person who is concerned about those on welfare who will never try to become productive citizens because they and their future progeny will always be slaves to government handouts.

"When government aid becomes a crutch that encourages and rewards minimalism, it's no longer a service to society but a burden. There is a fine line between helping people and crippling them. We are all interconnected, and doing things halfheartedly whether it's at work, home or church, directly (and indirectly) hurts people around us." States author John R. Wood.

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever to 46 million people -- up from about 24 million before Obama.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please do not feed the animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."

We need programs that help those who truly need assistance.

DON CURET, Richland

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