Welfare benefits


CEDAR FALLS — Beginning in 2017, able-bodied adults living in certain counties in Alabama either have to find a job or participate in a work-training program as a condition of receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. From Jan. 1 to May 1, those receiving SNAP have gone down from 5,538 to 831 in 13 Alabama counties. Under the previous administration, those receiving SNAP benefits peaked at 48 million in the U.S., there were no such requirements.

Gov. Paul LePage of Maine announced that able-bodied adults would have to find work, spend 20 hours per week in a work program or perform community service. Welfare was never intended to be a one-way handout, but a program of reciprocity, and those who receive benefits should be required to work or participate in work-training to get them off the rolls.

Utah and Ohio have instituted similar programs and added a time limit of receiving benefits. Maybe the Obama gravy train has been derailed. I think this is called fiscal responsibility. Maybe we can get this going all across the country except for the few Democrat governed states. No more standing around street corners doing nothing.

City names


WATERLOO — Well, I have lived in the city of Waterloo for umpty-nine years and I consider myself a “WaterlooAN.” Is the capitlized “AN” a proper ending?

I got to thinking (dangerous at best) and wondered about how to end the spelling of other cities/towns

For instance, if I lived in Dewar, would I be classed as a DewarAN? Somehow that doesn’t seem right. How about DewarITE? That’s better. I do like Cedar RapidIAN. It sort of rolls over your tongue. Then, there is Dubuque ..... ER, ITE, IAN AN??

To confuse you readers further, try to hang an ending on Annapolis, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Pocatello and Tallahassee,..... etc., etc., ad infinitum!

Response to racism


WAVERLY — Listen to the words spoken by Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Several days ago racist remarks where pasted on several cadets’ doors. He spoke to all 4,000 of his cadets Sept. 29 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and told them if they are racist to “get out.”

He spoke with the personal humanity he expects everyone to follow. He said, “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.” He appears to be a man of great fairness and courage and obviously felt he had to speak in this most profound way.

In this volatile political time, we must exhibit the same amount of courage and conviction to speak up and do the right thing.


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