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Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

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christoph
Brigham City, UT

Get rid of your pets, your TV, your car, your phone and move in with family and read scripture by candlelight, wherein we read to work six days a week.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

There are indeed some genuinely poor and needy families who need handouts.

However, there are far too many people who are making a career out of living of the work of others. You can be sure that many of them skew the "polls" which have people saying they don't have money for food. Do the polls ask if these same people have I-phones, cars, big TVs, fancy sneakers, and other non-essentials? Do they ask if the people are already getting some or all of the myriad welfare programs which in many cases pay more than honest work?

Worse, it the gratuitous assertion about the top 1% doing well while the bottom 99% struggle ignore the fact that that data EXCLUDES any welfare benefits that people receive. That aggravates the class warfare advocacy among the "takers" against the "makers" who are already subsidizing the latter's life.

The best cure to poverty and hunger is for people to get a job and work their way to prosperity, not a career of dependency and envy.

Bravo to those helping the truly need, but shame on those enabling those who are not willing to support themselves.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

There was another article that came out just a couple of days ago (can't remember where?) that among those living in "poverty" something like 75-90% of them had cell phones, TV's and internet.
Really??

For those I come in contact with who are truly needy, I try to help wherever I can.

But we, as a society, need to understand that we haven't created a safety net, we've created a way of life - in some cases.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

This problem has a simple solution. We have something like 30% of overweight or obese population that need to eat less. So we should just tax them when they buy foods that make them fatter, and use the money to buy the food for the needy!

Dante
Salt Lake City, UT

The government promotes food stamps so widely, and their use has risen so dramatically since 2008, one wonders how anyone in America can remain hungry--unless they're on a diet. Since Obama took office, two food stamp recipients were created for every job created. The Agriculture Department reports 45 million persons now receiving food stamps, more than double the number in 2003. And we're adding needy refugees daily. Soon Syrian refugees will flood our country, requiring free food, housing and health care.

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

Once again we see people callously scoffing at the plight of the poor, and judging, without foundation, that "the man has brought upon himself his misery." Often, the very same who "oppress the hireling in his wages" by various means -- hiring illegally, pushing for policies designed to drive wages ever downward, etc. -- scapegoat the poor as moral dross, in an effort to justify their own greed, and moral turpitude.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Morals are intentions and manners. If some one's objective for hopes and dreams are to be self reliant and I see something I can do I will. But if I see that I will be looking into the abyss I have to walk away.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

I've always enjoyed the joke about the man who walked into the local IRS office where an employee stated: Hmm! you can afford to chew gum but you can't afford to pay your taxes. Or the man whose spouse stated: I thought we were badly off, but you've had a shave; where'd you get the money for the blade?

Cell phones may be a different proposition, but you do realize that a lot of people dump their land line and keep their cell phone. A luxury? Some might say, but if you're looking for work and shopped around for a good basic cell phone service, you can sometimes get interviews and find work etc a lot more easily and quickly than with no phone. A lot of jobs require a modest vehicle, also, for interviews and travel to workplaces inaccessible by public transport.

Food stamps? Never had 'em, thank goodness I've not needed them, and it'd embarrass me to use them, but perhaps some people have used up their 15 months of unemployment benefit and savings too, and got what they could for any unnecessary salable property.

raybies
Layton, UT

what drives me up the wall is how many of the same folks struggling for food have smartphones, cell plans, ipods, and internet service... but can't afford food.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Time for Obama to unveil his affordable food act (AFA).

Twenty dollars for a dozen eggs.

worf
Mcallen, TX

If each food stamp feeds three, and our kids are being fed at school.

Than over half of all Americans are not struggling to afford food.

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