Bad economy forces people to use food stamps
TO NEW ERA EDITORS:
The March 23 New Era editorial, "Where food stamps are king," is an incredibly mean-spirited, politically partisan editorial disconnected from the lives of many working poor individuals and families in Lancaster County.
In the March 21 edition of this newspaper, it was reported that many renters cannot afford apartments in Lancaster County. The average hourly wage in Lancaster County is $12.09 per hour while the average cost for a 2-bedroom apartment requires an income of $16.94. Pennsylvania's current minimum wage is $7.25. A minimum-wage renter would have to work 93 hours a week to afford that apartment.
I know far too many people working 40 hours a week and more who could not afford a place to live without food-stamp assistance. For the New Era to suggest that people on food stamps are just "takers" and that they should just do without is unacceptable.
To suggest that President Obama is responsible for, and desirous of, seeing more people on food stamps is disingenuous.
The reality is if you have a food-stamp economy, you are going to have more people on food stamps.
Thomas R. Hassler