Letter: Democrats and Republicans share the hunger problem

September 13, 2013 

California has the ninth largest economy in the world. It has a "food insecurity" level above the U.S. average. This state is run by a Democratic governor and legislature. It has a poverty level second only to Washington, D.C. We all know that the Democrats run Washington, D.C.

Hawaii has a poverty level of 19 percent and a food security level below the U.S. average. It is run by a Democratic governor and legislature.

Tennessee does not have a food security below the U.S. average. It is above the U.S. average. It does have a poverty level of 14.3 percent.

Iowa has a poverty level of 7.9 percent. It has a food security level above the U.S. average. It is run by a Republican governor.

North Dakota has a poverty level of 8.4 percent and has a food security level above the U.S. average. North Dakota has a Republican governor.

I believe Judy Estes' letter on Sept. 11, "Hunger in GOP states," may have hand picked her statistics to prove a point. I also believe that segregating ourselves into political parties does not solve our problems.

CLAUDIA BARHAM, Burbank

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