News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Letters

October 31, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 31, 2013

Rational answer to free-lunch gripe

Kudos to letter writer Tina Elder for her intelligent and rational response (“Free-lunch letter rude, judgmental”) to James Kmetz (“Parents should just feed the kids”). As a single mother raising three children while working and going to school, she knows far more about today’s economy than those who surf the net looking to validate their conservative ideology.

In case Mr. Kmetz hasn’t noticed, the price of groceries has increased significantly in the past two years. Where the price might be the same, the amount of food in the package has decreased. That former pound of bacon is now 12 ounces. On any given day gasoline fluctuates from $3.30 to $3.89. And then there are the utility bills. Not an easy task keeping up with those three big-ticket items with limited resources. Dare we look at the other expenses single mothers like Ms. Elder or even a married couple with children and one hourly-wage income have to contend with?

I am astounded at the number of people in Vigo County who have “knowledge” of the food and non-food items purchased by individuals using “food stamps.” I guess I’m too busy stretching my own dollars and cents to monitor the purchases of my fellow shoppers.

Ms. Elder, I wish you and your children the very best. I pray you all get the education you need to make a better life. I hope those who are currently monitoring the supermarket check-out stations will leave the store and go volunteer somewhere in our community — try Catholic Charities, The Lighthouse Mission, The Salvation Army, 14th & Chestnut. Let us each be a help not a hindrance to our neighbors.

— Linda Sturtevant

West Terre Haute


 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit 3 People Killed, Deputies Wounded in NC Shootout Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity