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Letters to the editor, October 16

Time to repent

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives has voted to defund $4 billion a year from the food stamp program (SNAP), over the next 10 years. Because of some minor evidence of fraud, the House has determined 3.8 million people must be cut from the program.

At the same time, these Republicans see nothing wrong with allowing hedge fund managers to be compensated up to $6 billion a year and only pay 15 percent in taxes. These hedge fund managers do not produce wealth or provide jobs but simply manipulate financial markets for their own benefit.

After pursuing policies that cut more than 10 million jobs from the economy, these Republicans misquote the Bible by saying if these poor people won’t work, then they won’t eat.

Most of these poor are desperately looking for work or underemployed and needing food stamps or are too old or incapacitated to work.

They need food.

This insensitivity and indifference to the poor were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Ezekiel, the biblical prophet, wrote, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy,” Ezek. 16:49.

These cities degenerated into abusive and perverse sexual practices. Now the Republicans are racing to lead America down this same destructive path. God destroyed these cities with fire and brimstone.

It is time to repent and turn America away from this evil.

Walter Lindrose