| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
I wish to ask those who oppose raising the minimum wage to think back to when they first had a job, full- or part-time. I'm a senior citizen, and my first job was in the 1950s. I worked full-time and was paid $1 an hour, with no benefits. So between the...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Grocery prices may be rising — 1.5 to 2.5 percent next year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — but the ability of poor people to buy them is about to shrink. On Friday, benefits for 47.6 million Americans participating in the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to use $10,000 in private foundation grants to fund a program designed to help low-income families stretch their food stamp benefits undoubtedly will help many of those struggling to make ends meet in...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Fifty million Americans — one out of every six people, including one in five children — do not know the source of their next meal. And based on the recent actions of our elected officials, it seems "out of sight, out of mind" is their solution...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 12:45 PM
On Nov. 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) will be reduced, creating ramifications beyond the already incomprehensible fact that more than one in eight central Maryland residents (and one in five...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:45 AM
I find it both disturbing and ironic that Nov. 1 marked the latest example of Congress and the White House finding common ground. The Nov. 2 Baltimore Sun article "Cuts to food stamps will affect 47 million needy Americans" provided the lens for my...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Like Mark Furst, the CEO of the United Way of Central Maryland, I too am disturbed to know that many children are food insecure ("Loss of SNAP benefits costly to Maryland," Nov. 1). However, as a taxpayer I've watched SNAP/food stamp benefits being abused...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Susan Reimer's column regarding Sarah Palin does not speak well for the left ("Sarah Palin: the gift that keeps on giving," Nov. 13).
Right now, Democrats in red states are running for political cover after supporting Obamacare. They prove right...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Tracey Coleman understands that many people are skeptical about the federal food stamp program, and she agrees that some reform may be needed.
But the 43-year-old Essex woman also knows food stamps have kept her family fed since her husband was laid off...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:57 PM
A federal grand jury indicted 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing nearly $7 million from food assistance programs by agreeing to debit cash for beneficiaries without selling food — then keeping a cut of the proceeds....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 9:19 AM
The recent indictment of 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing more than $7 million from the food stamp program is a welcome development but badly timed. No doubt it will be used as fodder by House Republicans angling to take...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:00 AM
If you like paint-by-numbers, the data just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census create a picture of the United States that is not inspiring.
We spend the biggest part of our day — 9 hours and 12 minutes — commuting...