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Letters to the editor, May 18


The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 27 primary runoff elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Primary runoff election letters must have been received in this office by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15; none will be published after Tuesday, May 20.


Poor assumption

Nearly all of the cuts in Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget are in programs for the poor (such as, food stamps, health care and education).

He believes that if we cut these programs, poor people will become more ambitious and lift themselves out of poverty. This belief is based on the assumption that most people are poor because they are lazy.

However, there are a lot of other reasons that people are poor: 27 percent of the poor are children, 13 percent are elderly, 15 percent are disabled, 28 percent are working for poverty wages and 20 percent are looking but unable to find work.

None of these reasons have anything to do with being lazy, and cutting these people’s poverty programs will do nothing to lift them out of poverty.

Ryan’s proposed cuts are apparently across the board. I hope that any cuts that are undertaken to reduce poverty programs are targeted so that only those people who are able to respond to the cuts will see reductions.

In my opinion, reducing these programs for those who cannot help themselves is immoral.

Bob Michaelsen,