Christians want to help the poor, not the government

In her article ("Criticism of O'Donnell misses the mark," Sept. 21) Janet Rosenbaum misses the whole reason why many Bible believing Christians aren't in favor of increasing the welfare state. We see the government as a bloated United Way where so many of our tax dollars go to administrative and bureaucratic costs. As Christians, we are called to care for the poor and we prefer to do so by giving directly to organizations that really make a difference in people's lives.

Research has shown that conservatives on a whole give more to charity than liberals. While there are greedy people on both sides, most people don't want to "punish the poor," we just disagree on the best way to help.

Kedi Milajecki, Baltimore

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