Background needed checks for those who get food stamps
I think the food stamp has major problems. I see people who are abusing the system, but the ones who need help don't get it at all. All of the illegal immigrants we have are receiving these food stamps and driving new trucks and cars.
Does the Department of Children and Families really check into these recipients' background before giving them food stamps?
I can answer that, no they don't. I think the workers need to be fired at once. They are not doing their jobs at all. The recipients need a deep check into their background. Our hard earned money is going to the dogs. The state is wasting money on people who don't need it and don't want to work.
A rave for food-stamp program
I have something to say about the Department of Children and Families. I have had enough interaction with the agency to know they can be as frustrating as they can be helpful. I recently applied for assistance with food and health benefits for my children from the state.
Although I work full time and have a college degree, it's nearly impossible to make ends meet for me and my children. The process of applying for assistance is a humbling one, yet the department was helpful, timely, and never made me feel as if I was a second-class citizen because I was reaching out for help.
Within a month, my children were approved for food stamps and Medicaid. I applaud them for their professionalism. Although they have their downfalls, they have really helped my family in our time of need.
Don't close parks, libraries
Why should we give up our parks and libraries because there is not enough money in the budget to keep them going?
I have a better idea; stop supporting illegal immigrants. Stop the food stamp program. Stop the Women, Infant and Children program. Stop all of the low-income housing. Stop Medicaid. Stop the schooling.
It is appalling that our government is letting this happen to our country and to American citizens.
It is not news when we learn of employee layoffs by American companies using every possible method to cut costs in order to stay competitive in a very difficult economy.
It is disappointing and startling, however, when we hear that IBM is openly admitting it is aggressively shifting jobs from the U.S. to lower-cost countries, such as India.
Country music blues
Why can't I find a country music station to listen to on the radio? It's become frustrating.
Turn the music down
I'm a senior and I just returned from grocery shopping. Why is the music so loud in the stores? You can't think about what you're buying. They have all these singers screaming. Can't they have some melodies or some background music? It's loud in the malls and in the stores, and it just makes you want to get in there and get out.
There are too many occasions when I see a cook or clerk outside a restaurant or place of business smoking, only to come back inside, stinking like nicotine, and handle food or clothes.
It's disgusting, and more business owners should set rules and regulations regarding smoking during business hours.
Why can people who sit around and have kids they can't take care of get so much money back from the government?
I think the tax credits for income that isn't earned is ridiculous.
Sit on lazy behinds all day collecting welfare and food stamps and have the government pay for medical expenses, and then cash in on their tax returns. It sounds like a pretty easy way of life to me.
We need help
It seems the county is content spending tax money on roads that don't need repairing and tearing down buildings that don't need fixing, but can't find the money to help homeowners save their homes.
Why isn't there a way for residents to apply for some kind of aid from the county to help with foreclosure?
There are plenty of ways to waste tax money, but it seems there's just dead ends when it comes to trying to save a home.
As the area grows, more teens and elderly people are in need of transportation. It would be in the best interest of the entire community if there were better forms of public transportation for these two populations to use.
More teens and older people cause accidents, so why not give them an alternate way to get around?