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Tue., Nov. 26, 2013

Food stamp cut was mean

Nice job on food stamps by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

If her strategy is to marginalize the influence of the 5th District in Washington, D.C., and destroy the Republican brand, Rep. McMorris Rodgers is doing a bang-up job. What a sad contrast to Speaker Tom Foley, who created thousands of family-wage jobs, turned Central Washington’s desert into a bountiful food basket and gave us a booming University District. Then there’s Cathy. …

First, it was black people and college students: How dare they vote? Then it was brown people: Let’s split up those families before they succeed. Then it was public employees: How dare they exercise their constitutional right to free association? Who needs a middle class anyway? Then it was pregnant women, girls and single mothers: How dare they demand control over their own bodies? Now poor people: How dare they try to eat?

This last act of meanness should be the last straw for all of us who care about our community.

When she says grace at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, I hope Cathy includes in her prayers the 8 million families who are going hungry to build up her bona fides with the Tea Party.

Jim Wavada

Spokane



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