I hope those of us who are not struggling to feed ourselves and our families during the holidays can manage a small contribution to help those who are.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am|
Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:48 am|
One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 18, 2013 3:01 pm|
In a country that has so much, albeit so unequally distributed, we should not have to think in terms of paying for Batkid, or paying for other kids who are hungry. And if those hungry kids could contact Make-A-Wish, most of them would ask for something to eat, not for a trip to Disney or a day-long superhero fantasy.
We can afford to feed them all. We just don’t want to.
|By: dakine01 Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm|
Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:
|By: ThirdandState Friday November 8, 2013 7:00 pm|
A major funding cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) took effect November 1, impacting 1.8 million Pennsylvanians.
SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and a powerful tool to help keep families out of poverty. Benefits are modest, offering many Pennsylvania families a crucial bridge in this slow economic recovery.
The November 1 cut is the result of an expiring provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that temporarily boosted SNAP to strengthen the economy and ease hardship in the wake of the recession. The cut totals $5 billion nationwide for the remaining months of the federal fiscal year (November 2013-September 2014), including $183 million in Pennsylvania.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 5, 2013 12:20 pm|
While Congress obsesses over the imagined perils of rich bondholders – aka “the debt” – real Americans struggling to feed their families got another kick to the teeth this month. On November 1st the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them.
|By: Ohio Barbarian Sunday November 3, 2013 1:30 pm|
The latest cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), aka Food Stamps, has been big news here in northeast Ohio, and has even received a few minutes of coverage on the big corporate news channels and on the political talking-heads shows. The cuts, which took effect Friday, whack anywhere from approximately $20 to $50 a month from the average SNAP household’s benefits. You know the price of groceries in your area better than I; you can figure out how many gallons of milk or dozens of eggs or hamburger meat or vegetables SNAP households can no longer depend on.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 8, 2013 6:30 pm|
Unlike many other first world nations, we in America equate minimal life standards that benefit society as a whole and make a place more worth living in– eating, healthcare, education– with a certain level of employment. So, don’t like what you got? Go get a better job loser. Lazy, dumb people get what they deserve. I work for a living. Sound familiar? Dickens had his character Scrooge say back in Victorian England that hungry children might best “starve so as to reduce the surplus population.”
|By: Crane-Station Sunday September 22, 2013 4:17 pm|
“Several of the House Republicans who voted Thursday for a bill that slashed billions of dollars from the food stamp program personally received large farm subsidies for family farms. The bill cutting the food stamp program narrowly passed on a mostly party line 217 to 210 vote.”
The names of a few of these Republicans, who enjoy the benefits of being on the government dole themselves include: GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Missouri), Rep. Kristi Noem (South Dakota), and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Indiana). Read the full article for details of the food-stamp slashers swelling up like ticks, on government handouts.