Utah WIC clinics to reopen thanks to emergency funds

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  • Martin Blank Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    Whole lotta angst here for something that keeps women and children alive and thriving. You know what I spend my angst on? The colossal fraud and financial abuse that is the US Department of Defense. Talk about straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. Until I hear some of the same outrage about the billions in waste and fraud in the DoD from the same commenters who would rather hungry children "die and decrease the surplus population," I'm not taking any of you seriously.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Oct. 3, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    "You can shut down a government," Ford said, "but you can't shut down a community."

    And isn't this the way welfare should work anyway? People helping those in need within their communities; giving because they WANT to, not because they are required to. We took a major wrong turn when we put the federal government in charge of ANY of these programs. Bring them all back, closer to home (by state or, even better, by county) and let the federal government focus on the one job the Founders intended it to do; protect us from foreign invaders.

  • FrankSegesman ,
    Oct. 3, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    This is a sad indicator of the problem in our country. This should NOT be a federal program. Never. Nada. Nope. This should be covered by family, friends and charitable organizations. Programs like this are what is pulling down our economy. $17 trillion in debt. We need to stop these types of programs and help save our country.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Chris B

    "Why do people have kids they cannot afford?"

    Well Chris, let me answer your question with another question...

    Were you purposely conceived or were you just a byproduct from a weak moment?

    Does that help?

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    I would bet hard cash that the majority of WIC benefit recipients are NOT who gravedigger outlined for us.

    I suggest unwed, uneducated, teenagers who have few morals are the biggest clientele...

    Any takers??

  • ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Gravedigger72 -
    the issue becomes then that the government is left to provide relief in our society. Governments are awful at providing real relief though. Sure they can give away other's people money, but so often money is not the solution. Often the solution is love, compassion, time, training (and money).
    BY FAR the best place to get these things is from family. We should look to our families in times of trouble - not to a soulless government. When family is not available/capable then community should take over. Neighbors, churches, civic groups, friends and charities can provide a much better safety net. When government tries to take over the roll of the family, churches, civic groups etc we all lose.
    Charity is best done when there is a personal relationship involved - not via some long handout line. Were the government to shrink, I think we'd see individuals rise to the occasion and society would benefit.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    @Chris B
    "I'll bet that the suspension of things like WIC will make people take a hard look at other ways to support their families(jobs, other family members)."

    Nobody in this nation chooses to go without a job because of a small supplement to buy cereal (and a few other things) for newborns. Then again, you probably think taking my glasses away from me will teach my eyes not to be dependent...

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    glad to know people couldn't hold on for two days....dependency at it's best. thanks libs!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Let's see what really happened here.

    Three days ago the federal Department of Agriculture ordered the WIC handouts to stop because they had no money after Dirty Harry and his cronies refused to pass the funding bill passed by the house.

    However, today, with no funding bill passed the Department of Agriculture miraculously found $2.5 million to resume WIC handouts.

    Why did they lie about having to shut down WIC on October 1st? Who ordered it? Or, if they were right then, what is the legal authority for spending the money now with no new funding bill passed, or is that illegal?

    Obama's handing of the whole "shutdown" shows a keen ability to politicize an event to maximum advantage for his party by creating maximum blame for the Republicans. But, no ability at all to work for the long term benefit of American citizens.

  • Gravedigger72 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    So what happens if someone loses their job, gets injured, has an unexpected extra child (twin), has a child that is born with defects or illness, and on and on? A person may have saved up and can afford to have a child, but unforeseen circumstances may force a person to turn to this valuable safety net. Hope you don't ever have a disaster in your life that causes you to go bankrupt or ask for assistance Chris B

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    Why do people have kids they can't afford? And no, there are other way to not have kids you can't afford besides aborting the baby's life.

    I'll bet that the suspension of things like WIC will make people take a hard look at other ways to support their families(jobs, other family members).

    And that would be a very good thing.