The flip side of food stamps
TO THE EDITORS:
My wife received some mail concerning our "eligibility'' in keeping the $16 a month we have been getting in food stamps over the past two years.
She was reviewing the information on our eligibility and found that our combined "incomes'' (we are both on disability and Medicare and are both in our 50s) was $1,086, below the income level to qualify for food stamps.
Something is seriously wrong with this picture. I called Bob Durgin on his radio program on WHP 580 AM last year and told him about this situation. He was incredulous that people in our circumstance in need of assistance would be offered only $16 a month for food.
Don't these people in elected offices realize the cost of things in this day and age?
Do they not realize that people also need to pay for gas, vehicle inspection and repair work, various paper products (bath tissue, paper towels, stamps for postage) and that these items are not cheap?
If any person had to live/walk in the shoes of my wife and myself, as well as the shoes of others on disability, Social Security, retirement or other circumstance of misfortune, perhaps these officials would correct the nonsensical rules which they create for others.
Of course, it stands to reason that many elected officials believe themselves to be far better than the rest of us. Lancaster County elected officials are guilty of this line of thought at times.
In closing, my wife received a letter from the state Department of Public Welfare that stated we were deemed "worthy'' of keeping the $16 a month in food stamps.
William G. Smith
East Hempfield Township