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Hunger outreach shows Marylanders still need pandemic relief | READER COMMENTARY

From left, Roger Bennett, Edgemere, a chaplain at the Edgemere Church of God, and Clayton Alderman, Dundalk, load boxes of food into a vehicle outside their church. They are among the volunteers distributing food to Baltimore County residents facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. February 10, 2021. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun).
From left, Roger Bennett, Edgemere, a chaplain at the Edgemere Church of God, and Clayton Alderman, Dundalk, load boxes of food into a vehicle outside their church. They are among the volunteers distributing food to Baltimore County residents facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. February 10, 2021. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun). (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun)

The line of cars backed up to half a mile before winding into the high school entrance near my house in Montgomery County, one of the richest counties in the United States, reliably slows traffic to a halt every Wednesday evening. Families — my neighbors — wait patiently for their package of food assistance over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet Gov. Larry Hogan, as Del. Eric Luedtke rightly asserts, “puts politics over sound economic research” in his callous decision to bring a premature end to $300 weekly unemployment payments and other federal unemployment benefits (”Gov. Hogan says Maryland will end extra $300 weekly payments, other federal unemployment programs,” June 1).

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Indeed, the research clearly shows that these benefits have provided an economic lifeline to millions of families, boosted consumer spending, and they don’t decrease job-seeking. I hope this cold-hearted, politically expedient decision will be reversed, and soon.

Lior Miller, Silver Spring

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