The Dalles To the editor:
This is in response to the many comments about what you can and cannot buy on our assistance program. Patricia, I agree with you that you should be able to purchase toilet paper and cough meds, but your statement about chips and soda pop is dead wrong. Those items are a luxury and just because you’re poor doesn’t give you or anyone else the right to use government money to buy them. I have worked in grocery for 40 years and never have qualified for assistance.
When my kids were young, I did apply when my husband left us but I made too much money. We were very poor. I lived from paycheck to paycheck. I cut corners where I could. When you’re broke, that’s what you do. If you need chips and pop for a special occasion, then buy it with your cash, not real food money.
Also, if they limited what people could buy, maybe there would be a little more money to go around and help more people. I would rather see more people get a little help than give some people lots of money.
Why should my tax dollars buy Easter baskets, candy, soda pop, Christmas candy, wedding cakes, deli trays — the list goes on and on.
You can buy a cake mix. You can buy a pound of lunch meat from the deli. Learn to make that dollar stretch. I did and we survived.
I am all for helping people out. We have all been there. But something must change for this country to crawl out of this hole we are in.