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Food stamps are not needed

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It is unfortunate that The Sun would publish irrelevant commentary such as Michael J. Wilson's "Living hungry" (Oct. 28). There are dozens of programs, many overlapping, administered by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies devoted to assisting low-income individuals and families. While Mr. Wilson portrayed the $30 per week "food stamp" budget as the only money recipients have available, the program has instead always been intended as a supplement to other income and programs.

We often hear about our "military-industrial complex" (as well we should), but we should also hear about the "social-political complex." For instance, I recently learned from local media that Baltimore schools receive, in addition to their regular budget and other "premiums," $5,000 per year for every student from a family that qualifies as low-income. One school interviewed had 100 percent qualified. If we assume about 36 weeks of school (after holidays and vacation) and only 20 student per classroom, there is over $11,000 extra every month per classroom. While this obviously doesn't reflect on the family food budget, imagine what other low-profile programs do impact family funds available for food — and everything else.

Mr. Wilson's $30 eating problem is only a red herring prepared with hot air.

George Lambert, Severna Park

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