I was interested to read in the article "A flood of costs" (Feb. 9) that Congress is looking to delay the phase-out of government flood insurance policy subsidies, 65 percent of which cover properties in counties with median household incomes in the top 30 percent. Unfortunately, extending unemployment benefits or protecting the food stamp program seems to generate much less congressional enthusiasm. It is not surprising in today's polarized political climate that what is seen as a much needed subsidy for many who are well off is viewed as an unneeded government giveaway for those who are not so well off.
Dr. Beryl Rosenstein, Baltimore
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