To The Laconia Daily Sun
Last week, while watching the continuing drama of possible government shutdown, defunding Obamacare ... another item caught my attention. The House of Representatives voted to eliminate 39 billion dollars of food stamp expenditures. One congresswoman stated that her reason to support this was to eliminate fraud... there are a lot of dead people getting food stamps. (they probably don't eat all that much). Seriously, there could possibly be less drastic ways to curb this abuse. There were also two interviews with combat veterans. One spoke of her family needing food stamp assistance when she was growing up. The other said that he felt bad about having to accept food stamps, but it was that or go hungry.
Now there has been a lot of discussion in this paper about heroism and war veterans. I do have some first-hand knowledge of this subject. My dad served in World War II. He fought in campaigns in North Africa, Italy, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was at the liberation of Paris and the opening of Buchenwald. He did all of this before his 22nd birthday.
Some of our politicians want to cut expenditure and balance the budget. I think most of us do. There are, however, some who will stand with the flag in one hand and the Constitution in the other and refuse to compromise. They want to eliminate government, regardless as to who it affects. These people are anarchists. I'm incredibly proud of my dad's contributions. He'd be appalled at this behavior.
June M. Huot