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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: Questioning food stamp culture; thanks to Matt Meister

Letters Published: May 18, 2014

Questioning food stamp culture

It is noteworthy that May 16 marked the 74th anniversary of the federal food stamp program. Yes, I said 74 years. It started May 16, 1939, in Rochester, N.Y.

Today, somewhere north of 47 million Americans eat courtesy of the rest of other taxpaying Americans. How did folks survive before May 16, 1939? My grandparents did, and I know this because I'm here!

It's all part of the larger federal agriculture program of which companies such as ConAgra are major beneficiaries. Among other things, it distorts the free market and keeps prices artificially high, but that's another story

The real question is: Why do we need a Department of Agriculture in the first place? Being unenlightened and ill-informed, I ask myself silly questions every time I get behind a person who is buying their food products at 7-Eleven or some other convenience store. Some of which are: Why are they buying their food here where it's probably 20 percent higher than Safeway or King Soopers? Why don't they clip coupons to save money like my wife does? How can they afford to also buy cigarettes (not covered by the program) when they can't afford their own food? Likewise, how can they afford all those tattoos, piercing and other assorted body mutilations, as well as iPhones? Well, maybe they don't have an automobile and therefore the 7-Eleven is their only option. Then, to my amazement, they walk out the door, get in their car and drive away.

In a side note, our nation has also marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ's Great Society/War on Poverty, and after trillions spent, the results are pathetic. More (people) on assistance than any time in our history - higher illegitimate birth rates and less self-reliance, not to mention an ever-expanding government that snuffs out free markets and wealth creation. Worked well, didn't it?

Len Bentley, Colorado Springs

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Veterans deserve better treatment

Let me see if I understand the latest news. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of injured and disabled veterans are having to wait months to years for treatment in the Eric Shinseki/Chuck Hagel era VA.

Pvt. Bradley Manning was convicted of several charges and is incarcerated for same. However, he/she is being given his/her desired transgender treatment on demand and now!

Somehow I find this a bit more than disgusting!

Robert Johnson, Colorado Springs

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Saying thank you to Matt Meister

Over the past 12 years, a large percentage of Colorado Springs residents have come to count on KRDO meteorologist Matt Meister. His professionalism, his personality and, of course, The Meister Meter have been "staples" in many homes.

His final night on the air will be Friday, May 23. I, for one, will miss what he brings to the weather report and what he brings to our amazing city.

In thanks, I am hopeful that the residents of Colorado Springs will tune in each night next week to KRDO. What a better way to say thank you for all he has done than to support him through his final newscasts. Matt, you will be missed, and the residents of Colorado Springs wish you and your entire family only the best in the future. I give this opinion a solid 10 on The Meister Meter.

Tom Andenno, Colorado Springs

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