Here is a roundup of Insider Voices reflecting recent news developments. This week, readers sounded off on SNAP after Darla Carter reported that thousands of Kentuckians were losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
SNAP being snapped
I agree with the decision that able-bodied people should have to contribute to society. We have thousands of people who receive benefits misuse them as well as defraud the system. If you as an able-bodied adult choose not to work then why should you be entitled to free benefits. The system was not designed to enable people, it was to assist, but enough is enough. There is no reason that fully capable adults shouldn’t be working. The only exceptions in my opinion should be the elderly, disabled or handicapped. Other than those groups, able bodies need to punch a clock … What angers me are those who feel like they are entitled to receive “free benefits ” and feel like they are owed these benefits without having to contribute or do anything. Danielle Ruffin
A long time coming!
It weeds out the able-bodied and still provides assistance to those in true need — as it was created to be in the beginning of the program’s existence. Debra Steele
Work requirements a hindrance
I work with many young people who receive SNAP. They are housing insecure, food insecure, employment insecure and education insecure. There are many reasons for these barriers of insecurity, and there is no need to assign blame for any of them.
Tacking work requirements onto SNAP benefits is preposterous given the laughable earning amount entitled “minimum wage.” It is not even close to a minimum wage. And lest you think that there are not already requirements in place to receive SNAP benefits, please let me inform you that I know many people who have been turned down for one reason or another. And as soon as one becomes employed, those benefits are immediately assessed and prorated. This is no “free lunch.”
If we want to actually do something to decrease the need for SNAP, let’s start paying people a “living wage” rather than a minimum one. To fight many health issues that result in people’s not being able to work, care for their families, etc., let’s make fresh produce and meat available at reasonable prices, as well as many other products, instead of only making processed, sugary and heavy caloric things inexpensive.
If we really care about people … communities … environment … economy … let’s really do things that are never on the solution list. Let’s treat everyone with dignity, look for and empower everyone’s potential, pay people a living wage, keep things reasonably affordable so that everyone has a chance, and take pride in contributing to societal progress rather than individual/corporate wealth. Anita Roper