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Why does Cruz still lie about mythical welfare benefits for immigrants?

To The Daily Sun,
I am very curious. Ted Cruz tells us that if he is elected he will do the following:
1. Abolish the IRS.
2. Get "rid" of welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.
3. Get "rid" of Obamacare and replace it with a "far better plan."
4. Bring jobs back to the U.S. from other countries.
5. Raise wages.
Just to name a few of his campaign '"promises."
I have to ask the following. Why, as a member of this current Congress, hasn't he and his Republican/Tea Party colleagues been able to accomplish these very goals since they have a majority (or more accurately a stranglehold) in both the House and Senate?
Why does Senator Cruz continue to outright lie about getting "rid" of those mythical welfare benefits for illegal immigrants. He knows full well that they are not able to receive those benefits?
His Republican majority has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 54 times (or is it 55 or 56? I've lost track after the first 50 times), wasting massive amounts of taxpayer money in the process. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, thereby saving more than 16 million Americans from losing health care benefits.
He along with his Republican/Tea Party colleagues have outright refused to consider raising the minimum wage. Bring back jobs to the United States that have been outsourced by corporations. Really? Why does he want to wait until the time he might be elected president? Why not NOW?
Instead of threatening to abolish the IRS, when is Senator Cruz going to give us some details as to how he will do away with all of the tax loopholes that exist for the very wealthy. Currently the top one per centers are able to "hide" more than $4.2 trillion (yes: that's trillion with a T) dollars in overseas bank accounts in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Loopholes that the other 99 percent of us don't have.
It seems that Trump's nickname for Senator Cruz is very appropriate.
Bernadette Loesch

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Valuable programs succeed when we come together as community

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday, April 21, the third Vacation Food Basket distribution took place, providing local Alton Central School (ACS) families access to fresh foods over April vacation.

This program is the result of generous donations by students, staff, and community members through the fourth annual Fill My Bowl Fundraiser held last November.

The stated goal of this year's fundraiser was to provide fresh foods for families in need during school vacation weeks.

Baskets included fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, pasta, bread, as well as suggested recipes to use with the ingredients.

However, none of this would have been possible without the Lakes Region community members and businesses coming together for a common cause. Stephen and Maureen Paul of Rusty Moose Restaurant worked with a school representative to put together and place food orders and accept deliveries. With the generous contribution of resources from Performance Food Group, North Center, Maine, the program's buying power was extended, allowing the purchase of an even greater amount fresh foods for our families in need.

Local farms, Mountain Heartbeet, Beans and Greens, Red Manse Organic Farm, and  Winnipesaukee Woods Farm supplied fresh seasonal vegetables at, or below, wholesale costs. Fratello's provided large handled bags to distribute the food. In addition, ACS staff members, Kelly McPherson, Sam Cowan, and Pam Mathews, volunteered time and resources to support the program.

"We at the Rusty Moose Restaurant are very happy to be a part of this program. As local business owners, it is important for us to do what we can to help our community. It is extremely rewarding to be able to give back. It means a lot to us, especially when we think about the reality that some families are unable to provide healthy food for their families. While we can make the choice to go to Hannaford without too much thought about our purchases, others cannot," Rusty Moose owner Stephen Paul said.

The added benefit of the program is the opportunity for student learning. Two fourth-grade students learned about the United Nation's goal to end world hunger and poverty by 2030 (http://www.un.org/en/zerohunger/pdfs/ZHC%20brochure%20-%20final.pdf). Baffled by this goal and the incredible challenge to achieve it, the students determined the best way to begin is to start locally.

As a result, the students created an Excel spreadsheet with each item they desired to include, entered the quantities required, unit costs, and total cost. They made changes to their menu to accommodate their given budget and selected recipes for the baskets. On their own time, they donned their gloves and came in to help weigh and repackage some of the bulk foods, including potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes.

When we come together, realizing our strength as a community, valuable programs such as this can succeed. We are at our best when we are able to look beyond our individual selves, with the greater good in mind. As the U.N. Zero Hunger Challenge details, major change is possible only if all stakeholders are committed: countries, civil society, farmers, private sector, academia, and U.N. agencies.

We here in Alton are off to a strong start, linking many of these stakeholders in the drive toward real change. Thank you to all who have taken part in this challenge.

Aaron Lichtenberg, Owner

Winnipesaukee Woods Farm

Alton Bay

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