Letters to the editor, March 30

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Come together for solution

The Republicans’ latest budget cuts $4.6 trillion in spending, mostly in programs that help the poor, such as food stamps, subsidized housing, Medicaid and Pell grants that fund higher education.

Their reasoning is that such programs cause people to be dependent on the programs and less likely to take responsibility for themselves.

There can be little doubt that for some people this assertion is true.

There also can be little doubt that these program cuts will make some people hungry, homeless, sick and uneducated. That’s the trade-off.

There is no “right” answer to this quandary.

The two sides calling each “heartless” and “bleeding hearts” gets us nowhere. The only hope is that we the voters, and by extension Congress, have the wisdom to come together and provide the best solution we can.

Bob Michaelsen,


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