The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 9, 2010

Wasteful spending

Do some people have their heads in the sand? I am disabled and living on SSI for my income. I am raising a teen age son on this income only.

For the rest of this year and for the year of 2011, my food stamps have been reduced from $73 a month to $40 a month. How am I supposed to feed a growing teen age son and myself on $40 a month?

How about the Lewisburg man who gets a 25 percent raise? I did the math and his income for one month is what I live on for an entire year. Something is wrong with this picture.

I put in an application for getting a porch with a ramp from the group that came to town to do repairs. I was denied help. Someone else asked to have their porch painted and they got a brand new porch. When it snows, rains or sleets in the winter, our door freezes shut and we can not get out of the house.

We are frozen inside until it thaws. I asked a contractor from town to put a porch and ramp on for me and he said I had to give him $1,000 up front and another $1,000 when the job was finished. What am I to do, let my bills pile up and stop living for two months?

How about a $50,000 sign to welcome people into a town? Why not put that money into food banks to help us who are living with poverty breathing down our necks daily?

Gail Carl,


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