2 Salt Lake County food pantries shuttered

Federal sequestration blamed for closure of Murray center

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 31, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    This article fails to mention the LDS Church's food programs for the needy. Although not called "food banks" they provide significant help with food.

    The straight "hand out" programs of the food banks teach dependency and entitlement attitudes among recipients. However, my understanding is that the LDS church programs encourage (but do not require) that recipients make an effort to perform some work to help others, creating an earning and sharing attitude. There is a world of difference between these two approaches.

    Just where in the U.S. Constitution is the federal government empowered to confiscate the food or earnings of one citizen to give them to another citizen? The feds should not even be in the welfare business at all, so blaming closure of food pantries on the sequester is bogus.

    And anyone bemoaning the closure will be greatly admired and appreciated if they personally step up and provide funds from their won earnings to support food banks.

    "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend."

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    March 30, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    There is no reason that federal funds should be used for programs such as these. If people want these programs to continue, they ought to start donating to more charitable organizations.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Thank you, Congress. Even more specifically, thank you Tea Party. And Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, and Jason Chafetz, and Rob Bishop and Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

    Thanks a bunch.

    (I know. We're supposed to blame it all on Obama. But only gullible people believe that.)